Owl boys stifle Titans
The New Town boys basketball team came to Dundalk on Friday with a five-game winning streak that included victories over the last two teams to beat the Owls.
Dundalk sent the Titans back to their side of the county with a 51-38 beating during which the visitors were in the lead for just a little over two minutes.
“Our goal was to hold them below 11 points in each quarter,” Dundalk coach Steve Oppenheim said. “We knew if we held them to under 40 points, we had the game.”
New Town scored 12 points in the first quarter, but over the last three quarters the Titans scored eight, nine and nine points.
“Our defense has been good, but this was the first game this season during which we really played a man defense successfully,” Oppenheim said. “The kids executed; we pre
pared them for all possibilities, and they believed in themselves.” The victory gave the Owls a 13-3 re
cord and clinched at least one home playoff game. Dundalk is still in the running for the overall top seed in the Class 3A North regional tournament, meaning it would host all its playoff games.
New Town entered the game with an 8-10 record, but that was mainly due to the Titans playing a rugged schedule that included games against private schools (Gilman, Calvert Hall), tough non-county schools (Central, Roosevelt, Bowie) and much larger Baltimore County schools (Perry Hall, Catonsville.
But during its recent winning streak, the Titans beat Hereford 5228 and Dulaney 54-51.
Dundalk lost at Hereford 67-49 and at Dulaney 51-48.
New Town led the Owls 7-4 midway through the first quarter and 10-7 with 2:20 remaining in the quarter.
But three straight three-pointers by Gates Cook gave the Owls a 13-10 lead, and the Titans never led again.
Cook’s first three-pointer tied the game at 7-7; his second tied the game at 10-10; and his third gave the Owls a 13-10 lead.
A 12-4 run to start the second qiuarter, during which Dundalk scored on seven of nine possessions, extended the Owls lead to 27-16.
Five different Owls scored during the Dundalk surge.
A three-pointer by Jaylon Johnson with four seconds left in the half sent the Owls into halftime leading 3220. New Town opened the second half with a three-pointer to make the scored 32-23, but that was the last time the Titans would be within single digits of the Owls.
Leadingf 44-29 entering the fourth quarter, the Owls spend the last eight minutes killing the clock and playing keep-away, scoring just one field goals while going five-for-eight from the foul line.
“They can’t score if they don’t have the ball,” Oppenheim said. “We couldn’t let up; once a good team gets hot ... our goal was to not let them get hot.
“They wanted to take the outside shot, so we strove to get rebounds so they wouldn’t get any second shots.”
New Town outrebounded Dundalk 32-25 overall, but the Owls had a 1613 edge on their defensive boards and the Titans scored just eight sec
ond- chance points. The Titans shot 14-for-43 from the floor (33 percent) while the Owls were 20-for-48 (42 percent).
Cook led the Owls with 20 points and Nick Parrish scored 11.
Dundalk defeated Loch Raven 6941 on February 1, getting 26 points from Cook and 14 points from Parrish.
The Owls were to play at Sparrows Point on Tuesday, and have a tough road game at Milford Mill on Friday. The Millers (10-4) are also in contention for the top seed in the regional tournament.
Patapsco (5-11) got its first win of 2017 and broke an eight-game losing streak with a 72-29 win over visiting Sparrows Point on February 1.
The Patriots lost to visiting Milford Mill 82-43 on Friday. Patapsco was to play at Carver A&T on Wednesday and play at Dulaney on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Sparrows Point (0-16) also lost to visiting Pikesville on Friday 58-36. The Pointers play at Owings Mills on Friday.
Dundalk’s Nick Parrish puts up a shot during the Owls’ win over New Town.
Dundalk’s Tayquan Busby drives the baseline while evading a New Town defender.
Dundalk’s Jaylon Johnson dribbles past a New Town defender.
Gates Cook hit three three-pointers in the first quarter to spark Dundalk’s win over New Town.