Forget that six county boys' basketball teams, including Broadneck -- a surprise winner in the Wes Unseld Tournament -- and three girls' hoop teams, copped Holiday Tournaments. The big story this week is that North County's boys' team won its first game ever over the weekend.
While it doesn't carry the significance of a tournament championship, North County's 68-54 victory over Thomas Stone in Saturday's consolation game at the Lackey Tournament in Charles County was a great win for the first-year Knights.
"It feels good," said Knights' rookie coach Brad Wilson, who suffered through seven straight losses before the Saturday win. "It was a total team effort with Rob Miller, C.J. Prince, Shawn Moyer and Nate Fuller leading the way."
Miller, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard, bagged a game high 20 points for the Knights while Prince chipped in 13, Moyer had 12 and Fuller tallied 9 points.
North County had lost its 7th straight game the night before to host Lackey, 65-54, but the season's frustration ended Saturday.
A club's first win is always special, but in the case of the Knights it was extra special coming after the string losses.
Now that the Knights have tasted their first "W" they look forward to playing Old Mill (5-3) on Friday (Jan. 4) followed by Northeast (6-2), Southern (7-1) and Meade (7-2) in the next four games. Savor numero uno guys.
Four of the six tournament titles claimed in the county were taken by South County schools.
Broadneck led the way as a masterful coaching effort by Ken Kazmarek carried the Bruins to their 4th straight Wes Unseld Tournament Championship.
The Bruins reeled off three straight wins, including a 62-58 triumph over Baltimore's Edmondson (2-1) in the final Saturday night at Catonsville Community College to repeat as champion. This one had to be the most satisfying to Kaz because very few observers gave the Bruins a shot this time around.
After all, the field of teams included the likes of The Sun's 8th ranked Woodlawn of Baltimore County, No. 11 Edmondson and No. 14 Mt. St. Joseph.
Broadneck started last week ranked tenth, but their roster didn't look as strong as it has for the last three years with the graduation of back-to-back Players of the Year Kenny Wood and Matt Campbell.
Broadneck (8-1) disposed of Southwestern 72-61 in the first game and Woodlawn 53-49 in OT Friday night to advance to the final opposite Edmondson, which had knocked off Mt. St. Joe 84-83 in triple overtime.
The Bruins started the season with only one seasoned veteran, three-year starting point guard Johnny Williams.
Williams, a three-sport standout in soccer, hoops and baseball, proved both his talent and leadership serving as Kazmarek's coach on the floor in the Unseld Tournament. The 5-foot-11 senior had 19 points in the finale and a total of 60 points in three games to earn the tournament MVP award.
Joining Williams on the All-Tournament Team was the highly-touted 7-foot-2 Boris Beck. Beck only scored 16 points in the three games, but his six blocked shots in the overtime thriller over Woodlawn played a major role in the Bruin success.
Another Broadneck standout was steady 6-foot junior guard Jeff Vincent who had a game high 20 points in the finale and a total of 51 in the tournament.
Next up for the rampaging Bruins is a visit to arch-rival Annapolis (8-0) Friday night (Jan. 4). This contest is unquestionably the game of the week.
Annapolis won its own tournament, the Cap City Classic with a 72-56 march over Baltimore Poly (6-3) Friday night. The Panthers ripped City College of Baltimore Thursday 108-74 to reach the final. The pair of wins brings the defending State 4A champion Fighting Panthers two-year winning streak to 20.
Dennis Edwards had 68 points in the two games, including 40 in the rout over City. Meanwhile, 6-5 junior sharpshooter Rob Wooster scored 18-points in the final game, including four 3-pointers. Delmore Howard, who had 16 points in the title game, had 31 for the two games.
Annapolis was off in the first half of the final, but got their act together after intermission.
"They (Poly) were a real quick team, but we actually took ourselves out of our game," said Wooster. "We weren't concentrating enough and should have been playing better defense and working harder than we did."
"But it all came together in the second half when we had to get it together. We weren't flat, no, just out of sync."
Prior to the final Friday night, the members of last year's State championship team received silver rings comemmorating their feat. Six players who graduated returned to their alma mater to receive the championship rings from county coordinator of physical education, Paul Rusko and Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.
Gene Slocum, Ted Cottrell, Jeff "Bone" Brown, Adrian Quille, Aderio Jones and Jamie Cook all came back to their old stomping grounds to be rightfully honored.
Along with Annapolis and Broadneck, two other South County teams -- Southern of Harwood and South River -- also took tournament championships.