A shot at going against the odds plus taking the home team in an expected "great game" cost the Prophet last week.
The rage of a sage managed to hit on three of five picks, with the sixth one rescheduledfor this Saturday night.
As it turns out, the Prophet's report card shows a 4-3 record with two make-ups tacked on. That brings the Prophet's season total to 102-43, a percentage of .703.
The rage of a sage courageously, or perhaps rather stupidly, picked Annapolis over Dunbar by a point, but the top-ranked East Baltimore powerhouse rolled to an 80-61 win at Annapolis Saturday night.
Old Mill dealt the Prophet his other miss on last week's regular six-pack with a 69-64 thriller over Northeast.The Eagles were a one-point Prophet pick.
In the hit department, the sage had Broadneck's boys by three over Chesapeake, and the Bruins won, 71-58; Annapolis by 10 over Severna Park, and the Panthers responded with an 89-76 victory; and in girls hoops, Institute of Notre Dame was tabbed to defeat Archbishop Spalding by at least one, and IND rolled, 56-37.
The make-up department found the Broadneck girls rolling, 53-31, over Severna Park in an exclusive Prophet "Upset of the Week." Broadneck was favored by a point.
On the boys side, Broadneck defeated Severna Park but not by the predicted six points. The Bruins took the Falcons for a second time this season, 67-64.
Thisweek's make-up features the Southern girls at St. Mary's, 7 p.m. Saturday. In case you forgot, and the Prophet doesn't know how, St. Mary's is a six-point favorite. The sage is sticking to that spread.
Coming up this week in our six-pack, a crucial Class 4A wrestling match and five really tough-to-call basketball games. Despite such a difficult slate, the Prophet is up to the task.
Old Mill at Broadneck, 7:30 p.m. Friday: "Match of the Week."
No question this is the "match of the week" on the local sports scene, with the county's top two and only unbeaten mat squads squaring off. Two-time defending state champion Old Mill comes calling in Cape St. Claire as the top-ranked team in the Maryland State Wrestling Association Top 10.
Broadneck is rated No. 7, and both teams have dual-match records of 7-0. This one is for the county dual-match championship.
Host Broadneck should get an early victory from its superb 112-pounder Shawn Miller, and Roy Brazeau may make it back-to-back victories by taking the 119-pound bout, but that's where the party ends for the Bruins.
Before the Bruins can say "we're on top," the Patriots will come on like a tidal wave and wipe out the Bruins. The Layman brothers, Brent and Brian, in the mid-weights and Ernie Longazel (189) and heavyweight Don Marco will bring up the rear, and you can chalk up another Old Mill victory, which will be its 34th consecutive dual-match triumph.
Old Mill survived the pressure cooker at North Carroll in Carroll County earlier this year, so a trip to Cape St. Claire will be old hat. Besides that, Old Mill coach Mike Hampe has an extraordinary knack for making a change or two in big matches to ensure victory.
Old Mill plus 8 over Broadneck.
Broadneck at OldMill, 7:30 p.m. Friday
With their mid-semester exams behind them,the guys will take to the court once again with at least three greatgames, including this one tomorrow night. Three boys games deserve the tag "Game of the Week," and this Old Mill court matchup is one of them.
Broadneck comes in at 11-2, while the home team is rolling with six wins in a row, including victories over defending state 4A champion Annapolis, 68-62, and Class 2A power Northeast, 69-64. Old Mill (10-3) is playing its best basketball of the season.
Coach Paul Bunting elected to play the county's top two teams over the last few years in Annapolis and Broadneck just once each this year during the regular season, and the move might pay off in terms of 4A Region IV playoff seedings, especially if his Pats win tomorrow night.
The Prophet sees them doing just that with their deliberate style, which issimilar to Broadneck's but much quicker. Old Mill always gives the Bruins fits, and 6-foot-3 junior center Shawn Craig will rise to the occasion, as he did in the Annapolis game with 19 points and 11 boards.
Old Mill plus 1 over Broadneck -- don't be surprised to see overtime.
Annapolis at Meade, 7 p.m. Friday
The visiting Panthers are coming off the 80-61 loss to Dunbar, which produced the Panthers' first two-loss week since the 1982-1983 season, and desperately need to win this one.
After tomorrow night, Annapolis (11-2) travels toBroadneck on Tuesday. That's why this is a must win.
And it shallbe a tough one because Meade (10-3) has been playing very well and waiting for this game since a Dec. 5 visit to the Cap City. That nightthe two teams opened the season with Annapolis destroying the Mustangs of Butch Young, 96-59.