Superior rebounding and strong offensive efforts from Mount Hebron's Joey Armstead and Bobby Bergin decided the battle of Howard County's two best defenses yesterday.
The Vikings (5-2 overall, 4-1 league) ended visiting Glenelg's seven-game win streak and undefeated season, 50-35.
"When we hold the other team below 50 points, we're 5-0," Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy said.
Glenelg (7-1, 3-1) entered the game allowing a league-best 46 points a game. Mount Hebron was second-best at 48 points a game.
Mount Hebron, playing its first game after a two-week layoff, struggled in the first quarter, hitting just three of 12 shots. But the Vikings still led 8-6, thanks to 3-for-13 shooting by Glenelg.
"The rust really showed in that first quarter," Conroy said. "But we played good team defense."
Armstead (15 points) snapped a 4-4 tie with a three-pointer, and Mount Hebron never trailed again.
"Armstead killed us outside and opened up the inside," Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said.
Armstead's outside shot gave the Vikings a 20-10 lead in the second period. Glenelg rallied before halftime, sparked by Curan Oatts off the bench. Oatts sank a three-pointer and a free throw and Jeff Starcher completed a 6-0 Glenelg run with an outside basket that left the Gladiators behind at halftime, 20-16.
Bergin (14 points), who is 6-foot-5, squashed Glenelg's hope of a continued rally in the third quarter as he scored three baskets during an 11-2 opening run that resulted in a 31-18 Vikings lead. Conroy said it was Bergin's most aggressive game offensively this season.
Bergin (four rebounds) was helped on the boards by 6-5 Eric Toback (eight points, 10 rebounds) and 6-3 Brian Williams (eight points, four rebounds).
"We were fired up and wanted to show them that we should be at the top of the league," Bergin said. "We did a good job on the boards and shut down Starcher [six points]."
Bergin, who has exceptionally long arms, played out front in Mount Hebron's 3-2 zone and allowed Starcher few easy looks.
Most of the time, Mount Hebron stayed in a man-for-man defense, because neither team had a quickness edge.
"Our key for the game was one-and-done," Bergin said. "We didn't want them to get any second shots."
The only Glenelg player to enjoy much success offensively was Eric Breland, who had 14 points to go with nine rebounds.
"The only good thing about this loss was that the kids got a reality check," Snyder said.
Pub Date: 1/07/99