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Host Hebron gets fired up in victory over Pikesville


The unheated Mount Hebron gymnasium may have been cold, but the three-point shooting of the Vikings' Kurtis Jestes and Mark Jensen was hot at the Mount Hebron Holiday Classic yesterday.

Jestes a junior guard, sank five of nine three-pointers and scored points, and senior point guard Jensen made four of nine three-pointers and scored 13 points.

The No. 17 Vikings (7-0) scored a season-high 93 points by sinking 13 of 26 three-point shots to beat Pikesville, 93-51. Mount Hebron is averaging 83 points.

"We distributed the ball well and had balanced scoring in the first half, and our pressure defense really bothered them," Vikings coach Scott Robinson said.

Jensen sank two of his three-pointers early in the game as Mount Hebron raced to a 13-2 lead. Jestes' three-pointer made it 18-2 with 2:39 left in the first quarter.

Pikesville (0-6) was unable to handle Mount Hebron's press and fell behind 27-4 after one quarter.

Jestes, who is averaging 23.8 points, scored 12 points in the first five minutes of the second quarter before being removed by Robinson.

Patrick Ngongba, a 6-foot-7 transfer from the Central African Republic, played his best game of the season. The junior center scored 13 points and had nine rebounds in only 12 minutes of play.

He scored once off an alley-oop and blocked two shots, one of which nearly landed in the top row of the stands.

Mount Hebron played the fourth quarter with substitutes as Pikesville scored 20 points that period.

Steven Katz led the Panthers with 23 points.

Mount Hebron sub Pete Murzda had his best career game by scoring 14 points.

In the tournament's opening game South Carroll (2-4) ran away from Curley, 78-44.

The Cavaliers (2-4) jumped to an 8-2 lead and never looked back.

Curley (0-9) failed to handle South Carroll's full-court press.

The Friars made several first-half turnovers on in-bounds passes. They made turnovers on half-court passes. And they made turnovers on sloppy dribbling.

"This was our worst game of the year," Curley coach Dan Popera said. "A JV team could have beaten us tonight. We showed no effort, played poor defense and had no defensive rebounding."

South Carroll dominated its offensive boards, scoring repeatedly off rebounds. Three of its first four baskets came off of rebounds.

And their pressure defense gave Curley fits. The Friars shot just 24 percent, 13 for 55.

South Carroll shot well, sinking 34 of 67 shots from the floor and was led by Jon Strebe (13 points) and Brad Schulze (12 points). Strebe is averaging 16 points per game.

"This was the first game this season that we've played where we weren't looking up at people," South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said. "Curley was small."

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