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Western Tech boys basketball slams Loch Raven in 2A North region playoff game

Western Tech senior Renford Richards scored the last basket on a thunderous baseline dunk in the Wolverines’ 62-37 blowout win over visiting Loch Raven in the first game of the Class 2A North Region playoffs, but it resonated the most with the fans and coach Mike Slepesky.

"That's our first dunk of the season, and I demanded that before the game," Slepesky said. "Renford on the baseline, I've seen it, so I'm not surprised. That was a very athletic play by a very athletic guy."

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Richards was a starter at the beginning of the season, but when Slepesky moved junior Tyrell Moseley from power forward to center, his minutes came from off the bench.

Richards, Moseley, Jordan Carter and Kelechi Kalu were the top candidates to get the first dunk of the season and Moseley almost had one in the first half on a shot that went in, but wasn't flushed cleanly.

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While he didn't get the dunk, Moseley did most of his scoring damage early when the Wolverines built a 16-7 first-quarter lead.

He had a three-pointer and nine points in that period.

"Tyrell is valuable because he is able to shoot and rebound. He's a guy who is 6-3 and is able to step out," Slepesky said. "He is probably our most fluid shooter."

The Wolverines (12-10) stretched the lead to 27-12 at half and cruised to victory.

The Wolverines had 11 players in the scoring column, led by Moseley (13 points).

Jared Milburn, the team's leading scorer, added 12 and Isaac Iyoribbe scored all eight of his points in the second half.

Loch Raven was led by senior guard Jake DiCentio, who scored a team-high 13 points.

A frustrating season, which saw seven players that were on the opening day roster, not on the roster at the end of the season, ended with the Raiders finishing 2-21.

But, with 12 seconds left and the Raiders trailing by 25, DiCentio was diving on the floor for a loose ball trying to create a steal.

Seniors Mike Goodman and Anwar Muhammad, junior Tyree Green and sophomore Tyree Green combined for nine points for Loch Raven.

They all played on varsity all season.

The Raiders brought up four junior varsity players and Parrish Ormsby produced 10 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Former jayvee player Anthony Raider added five.

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"We just had a rough season," Loch Raven first-year coach David Jones said. "We are trying to change the culture at Loch Raven. We are building from the jayvee on up. We are just trying to build."

Western Tech is starting to peak. In its final regular season game, they blasted Hereford, 51-21.

That was the same (18-4) Hereford squad that played in the Baltimore County championship and lost 57-44 to Woodlawn.

"That actually gave us a little boost," Moseley said. "After that game, we were like, we can get past Loch Raven, we can get past Patterson."

Third-seeded Western Tech must first defeat Carver (March 3 at 5 p.m.) to set up a possible date with top-seeded Patterson (March 5).

Scores around Baltimore County

Boys

Westminster 55 Parkville 33

Franklin 57 Towson 52

Dunbar 59 Lansdowne 25

Owings Mills 82 Chesapeake 58

Kenwood 71 Mervo 68 OT

FAET 81 Pikesville 80

Girls

Sparrows Point 51 Pikesville 28

Dunbar 79 Lansdowne 28

Loch Raven 46 Patterson 28

Dulaney 59 Perry Hall 51 OT

Owings Mills 51 Overlea 32

Towson 61 Parkville 34

Kenwood 36 Southwestern 21

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