Hammond’s Lee Goodson made just one basket against Oakland Mills on Wednesday night, but it was a big one.
The Golden Bears’ sophomore collected the ball on the left sideline, dribbled into the paint and finished in traffic with three seconds left to provide the decisive basket in a come-from-behind 50-49 victory.
The win improves Hammond to 4-2 in county play and 7-10 overall and Goodson said he didn’t think twice about taking the ball to the rim with the game on the line.
“All I know is that I wanted the ball,” he said. “I got it on the sidelines after Micah got trapped and I immediately thought there was only one thing for me to do — go to the basket and do what I do best.”
The late heroics helped the Golden Bears prevail in a game that they never held the lead in at any point in the first three quarters. Oakland Mills (2-4, 5-11) opened the game on a 12-2 run and rode that hot start to stay ahead most of the way.
But Hammond chipped away as the game progressed and finally pulled in front following a layup by Ryan Ridgell (11 points) two minutes into the fourth quarter. The lead went back-and-forth from there, but some big baskets from Robert Gordon (15 points) helped keep the Golden Bears in it.
Then, after an old-fashioned three-point play from Oakland Mills’ Brian Wheelock (11 points) gave Oakland Mills a 49-48 lead with 15 seconds remaining, Goodson stepped up and played the role of hero.
“I think we are growing up a little bit, because to be honest two or three weeks ago that game would have been a 10-point loss. We’ve had many games like that, where we are right there, right there and then mentally just never get over the hump,” Hammond coach Mike Salapata said. “Tonight, though, we made the plays at the end. Slowly, but surely, we are growing up.”
Oakland Mills, which had grabbed the early lead behind some inspired play from Jordan Tarver (16 points), has now lost three in a row.
The Scorpions had one final chance to win the game following Goodson’s basket, but the team’s inbound pass was deflected and time ran out.
Gordon said afterward that the game had a similar feel to last year’s match-up at Hammond between the same two programs, which the Golden Bears also won in thrilling fashion on a last-second layup by Matt Johnson.
“Playing Oakland Mills is always a big game. They come out wanting to beat us, we come out wanting to beat them. It’s a rivalry that will probably never end,” Gordon said. “That bucket that Lee made was kind of like nostalgic, because Matt Johnson made a similar bucket last year on the same side.”
Hammond 50, Oakland Mills 49
Ha (4-2, 7-10): Gordon 15, Henry 12, Ridgell 11, Woodson 5, Tukpah 5, Goodson 2.
OM (2-4, 5-11): Tarver 16, Wheelock 11, Eaton 10, Simpson 6, Burgess 3, Rondon 3.
Half: 25-22 OM.
River Hill 73, Wilde Lake 58
The Hawks started slow, trailing 17-16 at the end of the first quarter, but surged ahead before the half and never looked back. Between the end of the second quarter and beginning of the third, River Hill strung together a 16-0 run to open up a 47-28 lead.
Ori Clark ended up leading the way with a season-high 17 points, which included five 3-pointers. Jaden Martin also finished in double figures with 11 points.
Trea Keys finished with a game-high 23 points for Wilde Lake, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
River Hill will travel to face Reservoir on Friday in a battle for first place.
RH (7-0, 13-5): Clark 17, Martin 11, Champion 9, Krause 8, Hirsch 8, Dorsey 7, Okojie 7 Robinson 6.
WL (4-2, 9-7): Keys 23, Bullett 15, Joseph 14, Nicholas 2, David 2, Greene 2.
Half: 38-28 RH.
Reservoir 67, Howard 61
The Gators put together a 15-4 run at the start second half, helping erase a four-point deficit and set the stage for the team’s fifth straight win.
Judge Payne scored 15 points to lead the way on a night where three other players — Kevin Miller (11 points), Grant Okolo (10) and Joseph Walker (9) — also scored nine or more points.
Jayden Cowan (13 points) and Devin Dawkins (12) led the way in the loss for Howard.
Re (5-1, 13-3): Payne 15, Miller 11, Okolo 10, Walker 9, Carey 6, Upsher 6, Ajimatanrareje 5, Ricketts 2, Archampong 2, Akinbinu 1.
Ho (2-4, 5-12): Cowan 13, Dawkins 12, Walker 9, Scaife 6, Roberson 6, Davis 4, Javier 4, Perkins-Cross 3, Blanco 2, Agbai 2.
Half: 36-32 Ho.
Centennial 76, Atholton 52
Sean Taylor scored a career-high 19 points and the Eagles were all business in a convincing victory over the Raiders that snapped a two-game losing skid.
Centennial, which also got a career-high 18 points from Hayden Ford, led 23-10 at the end of the first quarter and then increased that lead to 20 points, 43-23, by halftime.
C (4-2, 12-5): Taylor 19, Ford 18, Addisu 11, Eudell 8, White 7, Fant 6, Goyena 3, Hohmann 2, Williams 2.
A (2-4, 5-11): Waterworth 7, Perlin 7, Rankin 7, Sanghari 7, Dobson 6, Parkins 4, Parkins 4, Oates 3, Marsh 2, Silverstein 2, Carey 2, Washington 1.
Half: 43-23 C.
Marriotts Ridge 51, Glenelg 40
The Mustangs jumped ahead early to take a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back on the way to the double-digit win.
Luke Ingersoll had another big game with a game-high 15 points, but Berk Demirel (9 points), Brandon Held (8) and Andrew Geiger (8) also played well for Marriotts Ridge.
MR (3-3, 7-10): Ingersoll 15, Demirel 9, Held 8, Geiger 8, Lee 6, Brennan 3, Hettinger 2.
G (2-5, 11-6): Walsh 10, Wade 6, Heigh 6, Davis 5, Dry 5, Piwowarski 4, Boswell 4.
Half: 30-19 MR.
Mt. Hebron 59, Long Reach 57
The Vikings snapped a six-game losing streak, getting big games from Brandon Prox (16 points) and JC McCorn (15) to help complete a comeback from down six points at the half.
In the decisive fourth quarter, where Mt .Hebron outscored Long Reach 22-14, Prox and McCorn combined to hit three 3-pointers and scored a total of 16 points.
Tre Morgan (21 points) and Chad Brown (19) combined for 40 of the 57 points for the Lightning.
MH (1-5, 9-8): Prox 16, McCorn 15, Shriver 8, Omer 6, Linsenmeyer 5, Kinloch 4, Johnson 3, Pearce 2.
LR (1-5, 6-11): Morgan 21, Chad Brown 19, Ekop 5, Dix 4, Young 3, Chan Brown 2, Jones 2, Zeleznik 1.
Half: 33-27 LR.