STEVENSON, Md. – Louis Sarris-Grau (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Lower Moreland) netted a game-high 18 points to lead three McDaniel players in double figures and help give his team a 75-66 men’s basketball victory over Stevenson in the 2008 Provident Pride of Maryland tournament on Saturday.
McDaniel holds on to down Stevenson 75-66 in Provident Pride of Maryland
The Green Terror (2-1), who lost in the opening round for the first time in the four years of the tournament on Tuesday to be relegated to the consolation bracket, used a 17-5 run midway through the second half to turn a three-point advantage into a 67-53 lead with 5:55 to play before withstanding a late flurry from the Mustangs (0-5) to advance to Sunday’s fifth-place game against Frostburg, who defeated Goucher 64-56 earlier in the day.
Greg Woody led four Stevenson players in double figures with 16 points behind a 10-for-10 performance from the free-throw line.
Trailing 43-41 with 15:05 remaining in the second half, Chad Arrington (Randallstown, Md./Randallstown) hit a jumper to even the score and Kevin Henry (Potomac, Md./Bullis School) hit the second of two free throws on the next McDaniel possession to give his team the lead for good.
An Arrington fast-break basket and two Henry free throws capped a 7-0 burst, stretching the lead to 48-43 with 13:31 to play.
Leading 57-51, Miguel Jones (Baltimore, Md./North County) drained the second of his two 3-pointers and Sarris-Grau chipped in four straight points to push the lead to double figures for the first time.
After a single T.J. Odunlami (Columbia, Md./Atholton) free throw gave the Green Terror its largest lead at 67-53, Kerry Dugan layup sparked a 7-0 rally over the next 2:22 to close the deficit to seven but a 7-for-10 showing from the free-throw line over the final 3:33 helped McDaniel hold on for the victory.
Trailing 9-5 after Ely Richardson hit the first of two free throws with 14:27 on the first-half clock, Sarris-Grau hit a layup on the Green Terror’s next possession to spark a 13-0 run over a 3-minute, 30-second span. Sarris-Grau, who had six of his eight first-half points during the burst, also capped the stretch, finishing a Michael Jarboe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) lob pass with a driving layup.
A Dugan layup at the other end off the missed opportunity for a three-point point, started Stevenson on a 10-2 run of its own, pulling to within 20-19 with two Woody free throws with 7:57 remaining in the half.
JJ Houston (Frederick, Md./St. Johns Catholic Prep) converted a jumper from eight feet on the right side to momentarily stop the momentum.
After an exchange of free throws, Greg Collins hit a layup and converted the ensuing free throw with 4:46 on the first half clock to give the Mustangs a 25-24 lead. Collins extended the lead to 27-24 just 11 seconds later off a Darryl Fleming lob.
Trailing 31-28 with 48.6 seconds on the clock, Arringtonconverted a three-point play to even the game at halftime.
Sarris-Grau added a team-best eight rebounds and two steals to his 18 points while Arrington chipped in 15 points and six boards. Odunlami added 13 points.
Game time on Sunday is 2 p.m.