Hereford High senior twins Dylan and Brock Moritz were double trouble in the first half and junior guard Mark Suchy helped in the second half to cement the host Bulls’ 54-46 win over pesky Owings Mills in boys basketball action on Jan. 10.
Dylan Moritz scored all five of his points, including a three-pointer, and had a key rebound and steal in the first quarter when the Bulls built a 14-11 lead.
His twin, Mark, came out in the second quarter and calmly went 4-for-4 on mid-range jumpers and that helped Hereford extend the lead to 30-16 at halftime.
“Dylan is more a a guy for hitting the big shots when we need them,” said Brock Moritz, who led the Bulls with 14 points. “I’m mostly a post player, but I’ve been working on my mid-range and I can hit them when I have to.”
“He was just making that 12 to 15-footer from the short corner, which is a good thing,” Hereford coach Jim Rhoads added.
Junior Mason Greenspan added four points and three steals in the first half and the Bulls forced 10 Owings Mills turnovers.
“In the beginning, we were a little tight, a little excited, and we just started settling in and focusing on your job and the energy level was all the difference in the world,” Owings Mills coach Ed Lewis said.
The difference came early in the third quarter, when the Eagles rattled off 13 straight points and cut the lead to 30-29 after two free throws from Khayri Hazel with 4:35 left in the quarter.
Hazel (team-high 13 points) sparked Owings Mills with nine points in the second half.
The Eagles also made an adjustment in their 2-1-2 zone by shutting off the middle of the floor.
The Bulls got a baseline jumper from Reider, transition 6-footer by Suchy and basket by Josh Wegrzyn with 1:04 left in the quarter.
The surge was keyed by penetration from Suchy, who scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
“Once the outside shots weren’t falling, I had to change the mindset and I attacked the glass, because the only way I was going to help the team out was to get to the free throw line,” said Suchy, who averages 15 points a game for the 8-3 Bulls.
Two free throws by Obie Holloway (11 points) cut the Bulls lead to 42-36 with 6:08 left, but that was the closest the Eagles would get.
Suchy scored seven points in the final quarter and got a clutch offensive rebound, along with Wegrzyn.