One thing's certain about South Carroll basketball this season -- it's 32 minutes of intensity.
That was especially evident at Linganore last night, when in the second quarter the Carroll countians had their offensive throttle wide open and zone defense harassing the Lancers into missed shots and turnovers.
From a pedestrian 6-6 tie after eight minutes, the Cavs, behind 12 points from Adam Hynes and some stellar guard play, produced runs of 12-2 and 11-0 in rocketing to a 29-14 halftime lead.
A 10-0 third quarter spurt took care of any comeback possibilities for Linganore (5-4), and South Carroll (6-2) went on to a 59-40 win in the opening Central Maryland Conference game for both sides.
Of his team's second-quarter outburst, South Carroll coach Jim Carnes said, "That's as well as we've played all year."
Playing much better would have been tough, because the players hustled all over the floor and were especially active in their zone.
"Coming in, I thought the key would be how well we rebounded with them, because they have a lot of height," Carnes said.
As it turned out, only 6-foot-4 senior Steve Mulligan hurt the Cavs; he scored 15 points.
He was joined by Mike Thompson, a 6-6 junior, and Todd Stevens, a 6-4 senior, and all three went to the boards well, but Thompson and Stevens could not get their shots to fall. They ended with a combined five baskets for 10 points.
The chief architects for the accelerated pace were ball-handlers David Keefer, Derek Boswell, John Luster, and Ben Carr, and when Hynes knocked down his first two shots of the second quarter, the race was on, and Linganore simply could not keep up.
"Overall, we got a good defensive effort and didn't give them any good looks at the basket," Carnes said.
Not only that, the visitors turned the ball over only six times -- despite their fast-paced offense. None occurred in the first half, when the outcome was all but determined.
Senior Sam McGrane, South Carroll's tallest player at 6-8, had 12 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots, but it was the shorter, quicker teammates who did most of the damage.
Hynes, a senior and next tallest at 6-3, not only made his shots, mostly from outside, but took in five rebounds.
He and McGrane have been out of double figures only once in eight games, although Hynes got out of a sick bed to contribute 17 points in Monday's 75-64 win at Howard. Last night, he said he felt much better and played like it.
Keefer, a two-time football All-County as a tight end, was spectacular. He followed Hynes in scoring with 17, easily his best output of the season and time and again went end-to-end, helping push the offense and chasing loose balls.
Luster and Carr came off the bench to sparkle in the middle two quarters and finished with seven assists apiece. Hynes and Carr added four steals each.
Pub Date: 1/07/99