Howard County boys basketball teams open play at various holiday tournaments
Holiday tournament high school basketball is in full swing, with 11 out of the 12 Howard County public school teams playing in events around the area.
Here's a roundup of results from around the area:
(Staff Photos by Jen Rynda / BSMG)
Oakland Mills Holiday Tournament
No. 9 Dulaney 74, Oakland Mills 61
Before Oakland Mills fans were settled into the stands for the school's boys basketball game on Wednesday night, Dulaney built a multi-possession lead it would carry to the final buzzer.
Fourty-five seconds into its holiday tournament opener, the Scorpions were down, 8-0.
While Browne's team made mini runs to give itself a chance in the second half, No. 9 Dulaney was too much offensively in a 74-61 win on Oakland Mills' home floor.
The Lions (5-0) advance to Thursday night's championship against Boys' Latin, while the Scorpions (4-2) will play Arundel in the consolation game that afternoon.
"We probably won the game on the offensive end, not the defensive end" Lions coach Matt Lochte said. "So, I thought we came out great … but then we got sloppy. We missed a lot of layups, we missed a lot of free throws."
"We're going to have to play a lot better to beat [Boys' Latin]," Lochte added.
Lochte did make sure to praise the performance of Cornish, a Southern Utah commit who scored a game-high 25 points and made five of his seven shots from behind the arc. It seemed as though whenever the Scorpions gained some momentum, Cornish halted the run with his perimeter jump shot.
Sophomore guard Che Evans Jr., meanwhile, helped out by scoring 16 points.
Junior Daeshawn Eaton and senior Robert Burgess were bright spots for Oakland Mills, combining to score 40 points, but Browne viewed was disappointed with the overall result.
"It was a lack of effort on our part," Browne said. "We made a little run, but as soon as we did, we turned the ball back over and gave them easy layups. We didn't really give ourselves a chance to win this game tonight unfortunately."
The Scorpions appeared to settle in after falling behind, 8-0, and the teams went back and forth in a high-scoring first quarter. However, their five-point deficit ballooned to a double-digit one thanks to a lack of rebounding and failing to get back on defense.
Browne estimates his team gave up at least a dozen points on breakaways in the first half.
The Lions invited Oakland Mills back into the game to start the second half by missing a layup and turning the ball over twice, and Burgess scored six unanswered points in response. The Scorpions were back within six.
That's as close as they would get. Cornish halted the run with a layup, and a few possessions later, sank a a 3-pointer from the top of the key while getting fouled.
Similar to that jumper, the Lions' overall performance wasn't flawless but was enough to pull out yet another victory.
"We were making a lot of mental mistakes, and that comes with having a young group," Cornish said. "We're going to keep building off of that and learning."
Dulaney (5-0) — 74, Oakland Mills (4-2) — 61
OM — Eaton 21, Burgess 19, Chance 6, Hairston 5, Greggs 3, Brown 3, Simpson 2, McFadden 2.
Half: 40-28, Dulaney.
Next for Dulaney: vs. Boys Latin' (Thursday at 7 p.m.)
Next for Oakland Mills: vs. Arudel (Thursday at 3 p.m.)