Owl boys sti­fle Ti­tans

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY BILL GATES

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.

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