Mike Stromberg of Mount Hebron made it look easy yesterday against Glenelg.
The versatile senior sank four three-point shots and scored a season-high 24 points -- one under half his team's total in the Vikings' 49-35 win.
Stromberg's passing, rebounding and defense were excellent, too, as was his ability to move without the ball.
"Stromberg was on fire," Glenelg coach Klaude Krannebitter said. "I think he only missed three shots."
As well as Stromberg played, the real key for Mount Hebron (3-1 overall, 2-0 league), which hopes to challenge for the county title, was its ability to stop 6-foot-8, 230-pound sophomore Glenelg center Nick Barnes (eight points, five rebounds, six blocked shots).
"Our goal was to shut him down, and he had two points at halftime," said Vikings coach Scott Conroy. "We have some big bodies inside and just dropped down on him and made him kick it outside."
Included among those big bodies were Damon Williams, Randy Zwitch and Eli Wishnivetski, who had eight points during the game.
Barnes had scored 45 points in his last two games, including 28 against Liberty.
"They did a nice job taking us out of our set, and they forced the tempo, which we can't do," Krannebitter said. "They gave us four quarters of pressure, were quick, and moved the ball well."
The pressure created 23 Glenelg turnovers, not quite as many as Mount Hebron's 27.
"We're behind," Conroy said. "This was Pat Halter's first game and John Smith's second game, and they'll both start eventually. We're looking to January to play better."
Smith was recuperating from a football injury, and Halter was coming off a suspension and college visit.
"The flu bug also hit us one week. It is hard to practice with seven players," Conroy said.
Glenelg led 9-4 and the Vikings didn't take their first lead until 1: 42 was left in the first quarter. Back-to-back three-point baskets by Stromberg made it 10-9 in Mount Hebron's favor.
Those baskets started a 23-2 run by Mount Hebron that left the Vikings with a 27-11 halftime lead. Stromberg scored 15 points in the first half.
"We penetrated well, and that opened it up for me," Stromberg said.
Glenelg (1-3, 0-2) was 0-for-3 from the floor in the second quarter, and missed eight free throws in the first half.
Neither team shot well, with Glenelg going 14-for-37 and Mount Hebron 18-for-45.
"It's going to be up and down like this all season for us," Krannebitter said. "We did play hard."
Pub Date: 12/18/96