No. 16 Lions go on the road and win at No. 20 New Town, 58-56

Freshman Ryan Conway scored a game-high 21 points including a game-winning bank shot at the buzzer, lifting Dulaney to victory.

by Nelson Coffin

Dulaney coach Matt Lochte fondly refers to Cameron Amoruso as 16th-ranked Dulaney’s “junkyard dog,” and the scrappy junior guard’s hustle tipped the balance toward the Lions over No. 20 New Town in a battle of evenly-matched Baltimore County public school rivals on Wednesday night in Owings Mills.

With the game tied, 56-56, and time running out in regulation, Amoruso dove on the floor in the middle of a scrum underneath the Titans’ basket to knock the ball loose right into the hands of Dulaney freshman Ryan Conway, who banked in the game-winner as the buzzer sounded to set off a wild celebration.

The 58-56 victory gives both teams a 10-3 overall record and boosted the Lions to a 5-1 mark in Baltimore County Division I while New Town fell to 4-1 in league play.

Conway happily praised Amoruso for his work on the play and throughout the game for a team that was missing its best rebounder in 6-foot-7 sophomore Che Evans, who injured his knee in an 86-36 blowout of Loch Raven last week.

“My teammate Cam made a big play diving for the loose ball,” said Conway, who led all scorers with 21 points. “Cam’s the one who did all the work. He got the ball.”

To be sure, Conway did some pretty fine work himself by nailing a pair of key three-pointers in the final period to help Dulaney hold off the late-charging Titans.

“I don’t know how many freshmen could do what he did,” New Town coach Mike Daniel said about Conway’s heroics. “He was hot and smart enough to get open.”

Lochte said that Conway is “talented, coachable and his confidence is off the charts.”

Paired with savvy veteran Josh Cornish in the backcourt, Dulaney kept its poise against the Titans’ trap which had produced several turnovers early.

“We stayed composed and followed the game plan,” Lochte added. “And Ryan and Josh were able to get out of the traps later in the game.”

Daniel said that the Titans went away from the trap partially because his team was fearful of getting into foul trouble.

Still, neither team got to the foul line often enough to make a significant impact, considering that Dulaney was 8-for-13 from the line and the Titans were just 6-for-8.

The Lions took the lead for early in the second half and never trailed again, although New Town drew even three times. The first time the Titans tied the score was early in the third quarter on a stick-back by senior guard Noel Carter to cap a rally from a 10-point deficit.

Freshman Ike Cornish’s drive put the Lions back on top, 32-30, and they built the advantage to 49-41 at the end of the third quarter on a Conway three-ball after some slick dribbling helped him shake a New Town defender and bury the shot.

The Titans’ rally took full flight on a fast break finish by Carter and a put-back and a free throw by sophomore guard Martaz Robinson that shaved the deficit to 53-52 with two minutes, 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

However, Conway went deep again to restore a four-point cushion for Dulaney.

A finger-roll by junior guard by Darrell Collins and a layup by senior forward Tykei Ferrell, after a steal, knotted the contest for the last time with 32 seconds left before Amoruso and Conway closed the door for good.

“I’m not going to lie,” Locte said. ““It feels good to beat a really good opponent and come away with one of these close ones.”

No. 16 DULANEY 58, No. 20 NEW TOWN 56
DUL 12 18 19 9 — 58
NT 11 17 13 15 — 56
DULANEY: Ryan Conway 21, Josh Cornish 18, Kevin Sharp 8, Ike Cornish 7, Jaylin Webster 3, Cameron Amoruso 1. TOTALS: 21 8-13 58.
NEW TOWN: Martaz Robinson 19, Noel Carter 16, Darrell Collins 7, Jordan Guerro 4, Andrew Mills 4, Tykei Ferrell 2, Darrius Outlaw 2, Onias Outlaw 2. TOTALS: 20 6-8 56.