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Moody delivers deciding points for River Hill boys basketball

After struggling at the onset of Thursday’s opening round game of the Capital City Classic against Annapolis, River Hill’s Walt Moody knew his team was counting on him to step up down the stretch.

And, as has been the case so many times this season, the Hawks’ senior leader delivered.

Scoring River Hill’s final eight points, including the go-ahead three-point play with 0.4 seconds left, Moody helped his team to a 54-53 victory over the Panthers.

“No matter how tough those first three quarters were (for me), it’s about winning the game. My team needed me,” said Moody, who finished with 13 points after scoring just two over the first 20 minutes. “Since I’ve been on varsity, this is the first time we’ve even won one game in a holiday tournament, so this meant a lot.

“At the end, I said to myself ‘I’m finishing this game, no matter what it takes.’ ”

On the deciding play, Moody received the inbounds pass on the left block, absorbed the contact from his defender, and sunk the shot to tie the game. Then, stepping to the line with a chance to put River Hill (5-1, 6-2) ahead, he calmly converted.

Annapolis (2-1, 3-4) got a desperation chance at the buzzer, but Damario Jackson’s 3-point attempt came up well short.

“Walt found another gear late in the game, and it was the gear that we needed because we weren’t getting much going inside most of the night,” River Hill coach Matt Graves said.

In the victory that advances them into Friday’s championship game against Meade, the Hawks also got big nights from Charlie Thomas (12 points, 9 rebounds), Mike Titus (10 points, 6 rebounds) and Mike Heitzmann (9 points).

Annapolis, which was playing without its leading scorer Delaszo Smith (21.5 ppg), was led by Juan Brown (18 points) in the loss.

The first three quarters were played primarily on the perimeter by both teams, with the game becoming a 3-point shooting contest during several stretches. Brown and Ronnie Johnson hit three shots each from beyond the arc to lead Annapolis, while Heitzmann hit three of his own from deep to lead River Hill.

Annapolis hit nine 3-pointers on the game, including back-to-back treys midway through the third quarter that gave the Panthers their largest lead at 40-34.

“The scouting report on them was they were going to shoot a lot of threes … their offense revolves around the 3-point line,” Graves said. “So it wasn’t a surprise to see them hitting those shots, it was just a matter of how many they were going to be able to hit. Thank goodness we got hot as well, because that kept us around.”

It was a three by Titus that got River Hill within one by the end of the third quarter and that set-up a back-and-forth final eight minutes. The lead changed hands six times down the stretch, capped by Moody’s heroics late that ultimately decided things.

River Hill 54, Annapolis 53

RH (5-1, 6-2): Moody 13, Thomas 12, Titus 10, Heitzmann 9, Sandler 6, Check 4.

A (2-1, 3-4): J. Brown 18, Johnson 12, Jackson 9, W. Brown 6, Coleman 3, Glover 3, White 2.

Half: 32-30 RH.

Other scores:

Oakland Mills 90, Parkville 43 (Oakland Mills Tournament)

The Scorpions advance to the championship game of their own tournament on Friday, Dec. 28 against Douglass (Baltimore City).

OM (6-0, 7-0): Hunter 19, Long 19, Bradley 10, Tapscott 10, Williams 10, Dent 7, Reyna 6, Madden-Stricker 5, Simpson 2, Willis 2.

P: Shell 12, Milton 9, Pullen 6, Smith 6, Medlin 4, Highter 3, Nelson 2, Bell 1.

Half: 44-24 OM.

Atholton 59, Old Mill 52 (Old Mill Tournament)

The Raiders advance to the championship game of the Old Mill Holiday Tournament on Friday.

A (3-3, 5-3): Casey 14, M. Bernetti 12, Ballmer 11, Courtney 8, Shapiro 7, D. Bernetti 5, Mason 2.

OM: King-Carver 13, Jones 9, Simmons 6, Ball 5, Evans 4, Rebeson 4, Wilbone 4, Fullilove 3, Faulcon 2, Hayes 2.

Half: 28-24 A.

Centennial 50, Digital Harbor 45 (IAABO Mixer)

The Eagles bounced back from being down 10-0 to open the game to defeat Digital Harbor in the IAABO Board Memorial Mixer. Omari Ringgold had a game-high 17 points.

C (3-3, 4-3): Ringgold 17, Conley 9, Fletcher 7, Tinuoye 6, Eads 4, Benson 3, DeVries 2, Ruygrok 2.

DH: Menolz 10, Lloyd 6, Robinson 13, De. Lloyd 7, Turner-Cox 2, Jones 3, Thomas 4.

Half: 22-18 DH.

Wilde Lake 73, Reginald Lewis 53 (IAABO Mixer)

WL (4-2, 5-3): K. Jackson 11, Ampofo 11, Groves 21, Handy 10, Majeed 2, Mee 2, Robinson 16.

RL: Majett 15, Thomas 12, Gaines 11, Price 3, Neal 8, Wee 4.

Half: 31-28 WL.

Paint Branch 72, Long Reach 60 (Paint Branch Holiday Tournament)

PB (8-0): Radway 21, Harris 14, Galloway 10, Ortiz 7, Hackley 6, Onukaogu 6, Nwizu 4, Edwards 3, Toliver 1.

LR (3-3, 5-4): Hall 18, Green 17, Allmond 10, Neal 6, Woodland 4, Barr 3, Kwarteng 2.

Half: 34-25 PB.

Southern 74, Mt. Hebron 52 (Northeast Holiday Mixer)

S: Lindsey 18, Walters 15, Neal 14, Corey Contee 5, Thomas 5, Carrington Contee 4, Morrison 4, Pratt 4, Tyler 3, Hultberg 2.

MH (1-5, 1-7): Woodard 26, M. Smith 11, Dohner 5, Trapuzzano 4, Huber 3, Muche 2, Maloney 1.

Glenelg 67, Coppin Academy 60 (Gilman School Holiday Mixer)

G (4-2, 5-3): Oates 18, Napolitano 14, Haussler 9, Randle 8, Livak 8, Tunde 4, Hammert 3, Mirano 2, Helensky 2.

CA: Tazewell 15, Moody 22, Boone 9, Jernnigan 8, Braham 3, Mayo 3.

Half: 32-31 CA.

Liberty 54, Marriotts Ridge 35 (Century Tournament)

Pikesville 62, Howard 57 (North Carroll Holiday Tournament)

Glenelg Country 55, Oakton 44 (Mt. Vernon Holiday Tournament)

GC (3-3, 6-5): Powers 16, Boyd 13, Willis 11, Flores 9, Rajovic 2, Rushdan 2, Williams 2.

O: Fradette 14, Bacon 12, Tribble 7, Walker 4, Good 3, Nadeau 2, Wiseman 2.

Half: 15-15.

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