Rams rally comes up short versus Raiders
Boys lose 11th straight
Entering Monday night’s Southern Mar yland Athletic Conference nondivision contest at McDonough, the Leonardtown boys basketball looked to get into its halfcourt set on offense which it has struggled with the last few games.
The Raiders effectively scored inside and used timely shooting versus the McDonough zone defense to take a commanding 26-11 halftime lead.
Trailing by double digits for most of the third quar ter, McDonough stormed all the way back to cut the deficit to six points by the end of the third at 30-24 and three in the fourth, but the Raiders held on for the 44-37 eventual victory.
The win for Leonardtown (4-12 overall) snapped a two-game losing skid to start the month of February. The Raiders also swept the season series with
McDonough, taking the first meeting on Dec. 12 at home 73-59. Leonardtown takes on host Chopticon in a SMAC Chesa- peake Division contest at 6:30 tonight.
“We started running our sets early and focused on getting the third and fourth pass in our offense and things opened up for us tonight,” Leonardtown head coach Dave Holland said. “We got out to a big lead in the first half, but in the third quarter we became stagnant and did not get into an offensive flow. In the fourth, we forced a couple turnovers and scored in transition a little bit and that helped us.”
The Rams (3-16) did not go away, coming to within three points three differ- ent times in the fourth, but did not get any closer for the rest of the game. Leonardtown pushed a 3532 lead to 42-33 with less than a minute remaining in the game to help seal the win.
“In the second half we were a much different team. We got the ball into the post area and in the middle of the zone in- stead of settling for long shots,” said McDonough head coach Dave Rooney, whose team is on an 11game losing streak.
Leonardtown set the tone in the first quarter, jumping out to a 12-2 lead in the first six minutes of the game and was on top 15-6 by the end of the quarter.
Senior guard JD Gaddis, who led all scorers with 16 points, scored 10 points in the first to spark Leonardtown. Senior guard Adlai Traver finished with 12 points, while senior for- ward Stephan Petett add- ed 11.
“We knew McDonough was missing a couple of guys, but it was a big win and this gives us some momentum hopefully with four more regular season games left,” Gaddis said. “We are trying to prepare for the playoffs. We persevered tonight when McDonough came back and played together and made free throws at the end. Our long range shots were falling early and the first half we got off to a great start.”
Senior forward Jared Bankett and sophomore guard Amareay Walters each scored nine points each to lead McDonough and Cortlend Davis added eight.
“We just weren’t the same team that has been scrapping through the [Charles] county schedule,” said Rooney, referring to several close outcomes versus county opponents, including a 56-53 loss to La Plata on Feb. 1
The Rams are scheduled to host St. Charles at 6:30 tonight in a division matchup.
McDonough’s Amareay Walters glides through the air on the lay-up as Leonardtown’s Chris Fenwick challenges the shot attempt in Monday night’s SMAC nondivision boys basketball contest. Leonardtown won the game 44-37. PHOTO BY WALLACE BARRON