Oakland Mills has played Loyola 15 straight seasons -- ever since Dave Appleby became the Scorpions' coach.
And the 15th meeting wasn't one of the more memorable ones for Oakland Mills, as the Scorpions came out on the short end of a 55-31 score in the season opener for both teams.
Oakland Mills held a 4-3 home-court edge in the series until last night's loss. The Scorpions are 1-6 at Loyola.
Loyola coach Jerry Savage was a little apprehensive coming to Oakland Mills with a team that returned just one starter.
He was even more apprehensive early in the game when that team committed five quick turnovers, allowing the Scorpions to gain a 7-3 lead.
Oakland Mills (0-1) scored off three driving layups, two by Fardan Carter (12 points, five rebounds, two assists) and one by Anthony Breland (12 points).
Carter sank another driving layup making the score 9-6 before Loyola adjusted and cut off his lane for the rest of the game.
Without the ability to score off drives, Oakland Mills showed little else offensively that was effective. The Scorpions' outside shooting was almost non-existent against Loyola's man-for-man defense.
Loyola (1-0) took the lead at 11-9 with 1: 50 left in the first quarter on a three-point shot by Ryan Heacock, who sank four three-pointers. Brian Cosgrove sank three three-pointers for the Dons, who had a total of seven.
"Once we established a lead, we got good shots and controlled the game," Loyola coach Jerry Savage said. "We were careless at times and made too many turnovers, but we're a young team. It's great to start with a win."
Loyola spread the Oakland Mills defense and opened plenty of room for their cuts. Oakland Mills was unable to sag back into a zone because of the three-point shooting of Heacock and Cosgrove.
"We don't have any great post players, but we have good perimeter shooters," Savage said.
Overall, neither team shot well. Loyola was 20-for-58 (34.5 percent) and Oakland Mills was 13-for-41 (32 percent). Loyola missed its first nine shots of the fourth quarter. Oakland Mills was 1-for-13 in that period.
The Dons out-rebounded Oakland Mills badly on their offensive boards. Loyola had one six-shot sequence and another four-shot sequence.
Although Loyola made 14 turnovers, none of them came in the fourth period. Oakland Mills made 20 turnovers, including 10 in the third period.
Lake Clifton 79, Southern-Balto. 44: Michael King scored 20 points and Rodney Bass added 15 to lead the No. 2 Lakers over visiting and No. 7 Southern-Balto., defending state Class 4A champion, in the season opener for both teams.
The Lakers (1-0), ranked as the nation's No. 14 high school team by USA Today, built a 41-19 halftime lead and led by as many as 40 in the second half.
Pub Date: 12/06/96