It wasn't a very good week for the Prophet, as he picked three winners in six games, but only two of them covered -- thus, a 2-4 mark forthe sage.
The Annapolis boys basketball team defeated Broadneck in the big Class 4A Region IV showdown, but not by 10 points as predicted. The Fighting Panthers won, 43-36, so that gives the Prophet a loss despite his taking the right team.
Throw that in with the Northeast boys, the snakebitten Chesapeakeboys and an upset victory by the Southern girls, and you've got the Prophet's bad showing.
Southern's boys team was the choice by a point over Northeast in a key Class 2A Region III, but the host Eagles of Johnny Barbour wiped out the Dawgs, 86-52! Is that embarrassing orwhat?
Chesapeake, whose Cougars never have had a winning season in boys hoops, was tabbed by the Rage of a Sage to beat visiting QueenAnne's by three points. Of course, the Prophet made the prediction not knowing that one Cougar starter would be out with the flu, two would foul out and another would be tossed for fighting.
The Eastern Shore visitors easily got the better of it by going to the line 30 times to only 18 times for Chesapeake. Queen Anne's hit 15 to Chesapeake's 11, and the Lions won, 68-62.
In girls action, the Prophet hiton two of three, and easily could have been 3-0 had it not been for Southern upsetting home-team Northeast, a two-point favorite, 45-43, in overtime.
The St. Mary's girls pulled off the Prophet's best pick of the week by defeating perennial Baltimore Catholic League champion Seton Keough for the first time in seven tries, 57-46. The Prophet made the Saints a one-point favorite, and they easily covered in the big Catholic League clash.
Finally, the Prophet's other hit was a piece of cake as two-point pick Old Mill roared past slumping NorthCounty, 64-43.
The disappointing 2-4 card, which he could have blamed on the bad weather but didn't, left the Prophet with an overall record of 96-39, a percentage of .711.
But take heed, Prophet Pat fans. You guys know that when he has a bad week he usually gets up off the deck and comes back strong. Let's see if he can do it again anddo it with an extra tough six-pack.
Severn at St. Paul's, Balt. County, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow
Coach Jim Doyle really has turned the Admirals' program around, going from a 7-13 team a year ago to a 6-2 team thus far this season. In the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference, Severn leads Division II with a 3-0 record, and this game matches it with the Division I leader (4-0) St. Paul's, a club that is 11-2 overall.
This is a big test for Doyle's young yet experienced squad, which is led by 6-foot-3 Chris Pitkin, Brad Fowler and Jake Mack (all sophs) plus junior Jason Moran.
Their opponent is an annual C Conference contender, going 76-16 over the last three years, including 25-5 last year. The Crusaders have finishedconference runner-up the last two seasons after winning the title three years ago.
Two seasoned seniors in 6-6 Nick Kennedy and 6-4 Shane Tanzymore, who is averaging 17.9 points a game, may be too much for the Admirals. Severn will give the Crusaders a battle, but the Crusaders have too much going for them in terms of overall size, experience and home-court advantage.
St. Paul's plus 2 over Severn.
Severna Park at Broadneck, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow
It was back on Dec. 11that Severna Park gave the Bruins a scare before bowing at home, 57-56. Since that game, Severna Park has slumped to a 2-7 mark while Broadneck has gone on to post an impressive 8-2 record.
The two teamsoffer a striking contrast. The host Bruins are on a roll, establishing themselves as a 4A Region IV contender with Annapolis and Meade, while the Falcons are history. Once again, Severna Park has dug itselfa hole it may not be able to get out of.
Johnny Williams, the Bruins' floor coach, will make sure it's not close this time with the Falcons. Look for a big night from junior sharpshooter Jeff Vincent andfor the Bruins' pep band to have a lot to play about tomorrow night in Cape St. Claire.
Broadneck plus 6 or more over Severna Park.
Meade at Largo of P.G. County, 7:15 p.m. Saturday
Coach Butch Young's Mustangs (8-2) travel down to Prince George's for one of those rare Saturday night games, and this will be no picnic for Meade. Largo(5-3) is one of the top teams in the very competitive Class 4A Region III circuit in Prince George's.
Don Reid, a 6-foot-8 senior, is an intimidating force inside for coach Lou Wilson and his Largo squad. Meade may have a tough time with Reid, and it could be the difference in the game.
Young has to get great games out of 6-4 senior RonHubbard, who is averaging 15.6 points a game, and 6-4 Lance Taylor to take this one. Unfortunately it's easier said than done, especiallyon a foreign court in Prince George's.
Largo plus 1 over Meade.
Annapolis at Old Mill, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday