On a night when Marriotts Ridge senior Robert Davis scored his 1,000th career point on his home floor, it was David Herlihy and visiting Mt. Hebron that ultimately stole the show.
Herlihy scored a team-high 21 points, including 18 in the second half, to help the Vikings break open a close game and earn a 68-60 victory over Davis and the Mustangs.
“This is a huge win, on the road in what is always a rivalry game for us against a really good team — it honestly felt like a Friday night game tonight with the crowd,” Mt. Hebron coach Mike Linsenmeyer said. “To be able to pull it out against a team with a great player like Rob, who played tremendous tonight and scored his 1,000th point, it’s just gigantic for us going into break.”
Davis, who is now averaging over 29 points a game this season after his 32-point effort against the Vikings, came into the game on Wednesday needing 28 points to reach the 1,000-point plateau. And the Mustangs’ point guard wasted little time getting going.
He scored 14 points in the first half on a mix of jumpers, lay-ups and foul shots. Yet Mt. Hebron still managed to take a 31-29 advantage into intermission, thanks to a team-high 12 points from Mark Smith.
Then in the third quarter, following a couple lay-ups by Zach Andreas and Mike Duan, Herlihy took over. He scored nine of Mt. Hebron’s final 11 points in the period, increasing the team’s lead to 47-40.
“I thought things really opened up for me because Mark started off really well and they had to start focusing a lot on him … then with Mike and Aaren (Smith) hitting shots too, I had even more space in the lane,” Herlihy said.
Marriotts Ridge didn’t go away, with Davis continuing his strong play down the stretch. Following an old-fashioned three-point play by Davis with 4:56 left in regulation, the Mustangs were back within three, 53-50.
But Mt. Hebron immediately responded with a 10-0 run that effectively put the game out of reach.
Davis ended up hitting the milestone with just over a minute left, rising above a crowd in the lane to tip in a rebound. He closed the night with a 3-pointer, pushing his current career-total up to 1,004 points.
Although disappointed in the loss, Davis was able to relish the achievement.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet and I didn't realize until recently that only 22 (Howard County) guys or something have done it, so it definitely feels good,” Davis said. “I’ve been a four-year varsity guy, so that’s definitely helped.”
For Mt. Hebron, the victory was their second straight heading into winter break and improves the team to 5-2 overall after winning just six games overall last winter.
“Obviously I’m excited because we have a decent record, but more than that I’m excited about where the team is at this point,” Linsemeyer said. “We’re taking pride in defending, rebounding and we’re not forcing shots or turning the ball over that much. Those are the things that win games.”
Mt. Hebron 68, Marriotts Ridge 60
MH (4-2, 5-2): Herlihy 21, Duan 14, M. Smith 13, A. Smith 11, Maloney 5, Andreas 4.
MR (2-3, 3-3): Davis 32, Caffes 12, Bryant 5, Clipp 5, Stringfellow 4, Skogmo 2.
Half: 31-29 MH.
Reservoir 75, Centennial 67