Another great basketball atmosphere that I was blessed to be apart of. The "Hereford Zone" came out strong tonight, as you can see in the video. Hereford High School is one of the top schools in the county when it comes to football, not necessarily basketball. This past football season, the Bulls missed the postseason, but the basketball team is making sure the Hereford Zone will experience some type of sports. I spoke with a Hereford Alumni after the game, and he and I both agreed that this is very shocking to see happen.
After defeating Dulaney, Hereford sits at the top of Baltimore County. The Bulls just a week ago, defeated Baltimore County powerhouse, Milford Mill, for the first time since 1989, which gave them this opportunity to claim the #1 spot. Both teams started off slow with a couple turnover but the Bulls found ways to get some points. Big man Scott Isett came was the workhorse in the paint scoring 10 points in the first half. The Lions had some good early defensive possessions, but didn't turn them into points.
The Lions are without their star guard, Isiah Lamb, who tore his ACL last month, but it hasn't hurt them, until tonight. Hereford took advantage of that, forcing the Lions to take a lot of bad shots, since they were lacking that true scorer they needed. By the end of the first half, the Bulls had a 38-29 lead that turned into a 57-40 lead going into the fourth quarter. After the first quarter, the Lions defense got worse. The tried to use a full court press but they would always leave a man open on the other end of the court. In halfcourt set, they got lazy, allowing many of the Bull second half points in the paint.
Offensively the Bulls were on point. Point guard, Gabe Ceribelli, really impressed me today. He scored 9 of his 15 points in the first half, helping the Bulls go on a 12-4 run in the first 3 minutes of the second quarter (also hit a buzzer beater to end the first). In the second half though, Ceribelli switch from a scoring general to a facilitator, while big men Scott Isett controlled the paint.
Isett finished with 17 points and was the interior presence a team needs to close out in the final stretch. The Bulls are now 18-2, and will play either Catonsville or Woodlawn Tuesday at the SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University.