Towson advances in regional boys basketball playoffs
Wearing a uniform with another player’s name on the back, Towson sophomore Ben Boas made a name for himself in his first varsity game.
“I pulled him up from my JV team,” coach Ryan Holzman said after watching Boas can three three-pointers in 83 seconds in the fourth quarter to lead the Generals (10-13) to a 58-53 victory over host Lansdowne (13-8) in the first round of the Class 3A North Region boys basketball playoffs.
Boas’outside shooting marksmanship was complemented by stellar inside play from Derrick Shoats (14 points) and Hammond Dugan (12).
Boas (11 points), who scored his only other points on a putback early in the third quarter, did what he was supposed to do.
“I’ve been working on it [three-point shooting] all summer and that was my role freshman year on JV, but this year I stayed on JV and I had to adapt to more of a four [power forward] which wasn’t really my position,” Boas said. “But, I got called up and I knew my job was to shoot threes, so I’ve been working at it.”
After a three-pointer by Lansdowne’s Jerald Hurt put the Vikings up, 43-37, with 5:38 left in regulation, Boas made his first trey with 5:20 remaining to cut the lead in half.
After a free throw by Shoats, Boas canned another trey with 4:18 left, giving the Generals a 44-43 lead.
He hit his third three-pointer with 3:57 left, stretching the lead to 47-43.
That third trey was almost as many as he had all season on JV.
“This year, I had like four the whole season because I played down low,” he confessed.
“We had Teddy [Wilson] in foul trouble, but we had four guards out there capable of handling the press, but we didn’t do a good job of handling it,” said Karpers, noting Wilson averaged 15 points and eight rebounds a game as a guard.
The Towson defense set the stage for the fourth quarter showcase shooting of sophomore Boas and he delivered.
“I just thought, do whatever works for the team,” Boas said.
The loss was the seventh in the last nine games for the Vikings, who started the season with victories in 11 of their first 12 games.
“We showed up in every game,” Karpers said. “We had some great breaks go for us when we were 11-1 and the schedule did get tougher with Kenwood, Franklin, Perry Hall and Woodlawn.”