Written by Derek Toney

No. 10 Scorpions edge Glenelg Country School, improves to 14-0

When he transferred to Oakland Mills High during the summer, Lavon Long never imagined being part of an undefeated boys’ basketball team. He definitely didn’t imagine how the Scorpions have done it.
The No. 10 Scorpions moved to 14-0 with a 57-56 victory over Glenelg Country School in front of packed audience in Columbia Friday evening. Marvin Williams led Oakland Mills with 17 points with Long, a transplant from Mount St. Joseph, added 15.

The 6-foot-5 Loyola University recruit drew a charge on Glenelg Country’s Warren Powers with two seconds left in regulation as the Scorpions continued being on the good side of the so-called Basketball Gods. The Kilimanjaro Road school has won five games decided by five points or less.

“This team has been through a lot,” said Long. “We just find a way to win. I commended our guards and the great defense they play.”

“They’re extremely resilient. They’re scrappy, they’re determined and they never quit,” said Oakland Mills coach Jon Browne. “They know the game ends when the final horn sounds.”

Trailing by five points in the final quarter, Oakland Mills captured the lead for good, 55-54, after a three-point play by Long. Williams, who sat the previous five games because of an eligibility issue, helped the Scorpions’ comeback with eight points in the final frame.

Powers finished with a game-high 18 points for Glenelg Country School (8-13) and Boyd had 12 points. The Dragons from the MIAA A Conference have dropped seven straight.

If the so-called Basketball Gods like Oakland Mills, it’s the opposite for the Ellicott City school, which lost earlier in the week at the buzzer to No. 4 John Carroll School. The Dragons have lost seven games decided by six points or less.

“I feel like we had a shot in all the games and the kids put themselves in position to win,” said Glenelg Country coach Kevin Quinlan. “We’re just not getting it done.”