It was a pretty good week for the Prophet. The Rage of a Sage went 5-1 last week to run his overall record to 88-34, a percentage of .721.
The Northeast boys hoop team got the Prophet a second week in a row, keeping him from having a perfect card. Glen Burnie was tabbed by the sage to nip the Eagles by a point, but Northeast prevailed, 73-55.
Count the boys teams from Annapolis, Old Mill, Meade and Southern, and the Northeast girls as the Prophet's big hits last week.
Annapolis was a 15-point favorite over Chesapeake and easily covered, 92-64, while Meade also covered a big spread (eight points) in downing North County, 74-56.
Old Mill was the Prophet's pick by two over Arundel and won, 73-57.
Southern was a three-point pick at home to beat South River and emerged a 70-64 victor.
The Northeast girls covered a 10-point margin by defeating Glen Burnie, 55-42. In that one the Prophet also called for at least 15 points each from Debbi Dadds and Stephanie Lazor. Dadds had 15 and Lazor scored a career-high 26 points.
This week the Prophet tries his hand at a sampling of holiday tournament games.
Cap City Classic at Annapolis High
City College of Baltimore vs. Annapolis
8 p.m. tonight: This will be no contest as the host Fighting Panthers (6-0) will run by the Knights (1-1) from Baltimore's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference.
Dennis Edwards and Delmore Howard each will score 20 points or more, and point guard Gerard Hyman will hit double digits in points and assists.
Annapolis will come back Friday night and put away tonight's Poly-Great Mills of St. Mary's County winner in the championship game.
Annapolis plus 16 over City, and the Panthers will win their own tournament.
Meade Holiday Tournament at Meade High
Old Mill vs. Meade
8 p.m. tonight: These two teams should provide the fans with a thrill a minute in what is a great match-up. Both teams have quickness, with a slight edge to host Meade (5-2). But the Mustangs have the height advantage over the Patriots (4-2).
The game should go right down to the wire, with the Mustangs pulling it out by a point or more.
Meade will go on to win its own tournament.
Meade plus one over Old Mill, and the hosts will take the tournament title tomorrow night.
Glen Burnie vs. Edgewood
6 p.m. tonight: The Gophers will have trouble with the Harford County team's slick senior guard, Steve Lewis. The 6-foot-1 Lewis makes things happen and should tonight.
Glen Burnie, at 2-4, is struggling and coming off that lopsided 18-point loss to Class 2A Northeast. Edgewood comes in unbeaten at 3-0 and will extend it to four before losing its first tomorrow night to Meade in the holiday final.
Edgewood plus four over Glen Burnie.
Bob Pascal Tournament at Chesapeake High
Severna Park vs. Northeast
6 p.m. tonight: Coach Johnny Barbour has his Eagles (4-2) flying on the wings of Steve Strauss and Gene Pleyo, while Severna Park (2-4) can't seem to get things together.
The Class 2A Northeast's quickness and accuracy from the floor will give it a big win over the 4A Falcons and set up a neighborhood final with host Chesapeake for the Pascal Tournament finale.
Strauss has been hot for the Eagles, averaging 20.5 points per outing, while Pleyo is averaging 13.5.
Severna Park will have problems trying to trade buckets with the Eagles.
Northeast plus two over Severna Park, and Northeast will win the tournament.
Chesapeake vs. Pallotti of Laurel
8 p.m. tonight: In the second game of the Pascal Tournament, the host Cougars (2-3) of Tom Kraning will give their fans their money's worth by lighting it up against Pallotti (2-2).
Guard Mark Hall will guide the offense and set up the Van Wambeke brothers, Wes and Lou.
After watching his Panthers rip Chesapeake, 92-64, last week, Annapolis coach John Brady had nothing but high praise for Kraning's Cougars.
"They're much improved and are going to win some games in our league this year (after winning only two last year)," he said. "I was really impressed, and you can look for them to surprise some people this season."
Kraning has been relatively confident about his Cougars and said earlier, "We will keep improving and see what happens."
What has happened is that Chesapeake already has matched its win total of a year ago in just its first five games. The Cougars will celebrate with win No. 3 tonight at home.
Chesapeake plus three over Pallotti.
Cap City Classic at Annapolis High
South River vs. Annapolis
4 p.m. today: The visiting Seahawks (4-2) of Jim Morton should roll over the Panthers (1-5) of first-year coach Teresa Ross, then go out and lose the Cap City final tomorrow night to Baltimore's Poly.
South River will have to get a big game from guards 5-foot-9 Tracy Zettle and 5-6 Collette Marquis to move into the finale.
But moving into the final means playing those girls from Poly.
South River plus six over Annapolis.
Bonus pick: Poly (4-1) over Glen Burnie (2-4) in the 2 p.m. game by 10 points. Poly will win the tournament.
The Prophet to date
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