Owings Mills beats Snow Hill, advances to Class 1A title game

Eagles' Malcolm blocks last-second 3-point attempt to preserve win

March 13, 2010|By Mike Frainie | Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — - Teams making their first appearance at Comcast Center in the state semifinals are usually just glad to be there. It's almost always a fun night, and then a long bus ride home.

Somebody forgot to tell Owings Mills.

The Eagles (18-6) used a team-first philosophy on offense and defense - and a timely block by Thomas Malcolm - to defeat Worcester County's Snow Hill, 44-42, and advance to their first state championship.

Owings Mills will face Dunbar at 1 p.m. today for the Class 1A state title.

The win overshadowed an unbelievable effort by Snow Hill's Keith Jackson. The senior scored 34 of his team's 42 points, including all of Snow Hill's points in the first and third quarters. Brandon Fields led Owings Mills with 10 points.

"We're the Cinderella team in Baltimore County, so this role is nothing new for us," Eagles coach Richard Epps said. "We feel like it's us against the world. We just come out and play a hard 32 minutes of basketball and see what happens."

Snow Hill (24-3) tied the score at 38 with 4:40 left to play, but Owings Mills regained the lead, 40-38, on a jumper by Tony Smith with 4:35 left, and extended it to 41-38 when Keylin Ortiz made the front end of a one-and-one with 1:27 left.

A 3-pointer by Snow Hill's Ryan Waters cut the lead to 43-42 with 11.2 seconds left, but Isaac Brown made the front end of a one-and-one to extend the lead to 44-42 with 9.7 seconds to play.

Snow Hill had a chance to win with 1.6 seconds left, but Waters' 3-point try from the corner was blocked by Malcolm to preserve the win.

"I went up with my hands up and just jumped as high as I could," Malcolm said. "I saw he was wide open, so I moved over because I knew he was the only option left."

Waters, who averaged 20 points during the regular season, finished with eight points.

SH - Jackson 34, Waters 8. Totals: 14 11-17 42.

OM - Fields 10, Jenkins 7, Malcolm 6, Smith 6, Ortiz 5, Brown 5, Gershowitz 5. Totals: 17 7-15 44. Half: OM, 23-22.

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