Terrance Morris, the Thomas Johnson senior forward who has signed to play at the University of Maryland next year, made his first visit to Carroll County last night in Winfield.
The 6-8, 195-pound standout was clearly the center of attention, but the Patriots also had plenty of support for him -- far too much for the South Carroll Cavaliers. The final was 73-33 in both team's Central Maryland Conference opener.
The Cavaliers (4-1) relied on their inside game to get off to a 4-0 start this season, but couldn't match up against Morris. Few teams in the area can.
"What can you do? We were playing against a guy who we'll watch on TV next year," said South Carroll coach Jim Carnes. "We have a good inside game, but we couldn't go in there with the big guy swatting balls away like he was."
With the Patriots (2-0) leading 63-27 at the start of the fourth quarter, Morris' night was over. His three-quarter numbers: 20 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals.
"What's unusual is, a guy that tall, you expect him to score all his points underneath the basket. But he's got the perimeter game where he can score from the outside, handle the ball and pick up some assists," said Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman.
"He comes to play every day and doesn't have a big ego. He's just another one of the guys."
What didn't help matters for the Cavaliers was the Patriots' pressing defense and solid perimeter game, which accompanies Morris. Guards Chad Dickman (12 points) and Hasheem Alexander (11 points) made it tough for the Cavaliers to get the ball upcourt.
"With Dickman and Alexander able to hit the three, you can't sag on Morris too much," Carnes said. "We just need to think about Wilde Lake [on Friday]."
The Cavaliers got a solid night from 6-4 senior forward Matt Steppling, who finished with nine points despite early foul trouble, and 6-3 senior Brad Johnson, who finished with seven and often was assigned to Morris defensively.
Pub Date: 12/18/96