Broadneck did what it wanted to do Dec. 7 in this year's first game with Meade. It controlled the tempo, but still lost a close game at home.
The difference between then and last night's 69-60 victory by the Bruins in an Anne Arundel County non-divisional 4A game at Meade?
"We've always been a good tempo team. But we're shooting better as a team, executing and moving the offense better. Doing a lot of good things," said coach Ken Kazmarek, whose 12th-ranked Bruins (16-4) never trailed en route to the win over No. 11 Meade (15-5).
"We've always been able to hold teams in the 50- 60-point range, which is good. When we're scoring 65 or more, that's even better," Kazmarek said.
Then, there are Maurice Washington and Boris Beck, neither of whom saw much time earlier in the season.
Last night, junior forward Washington started and notched 15 points and five rebounds. Beck, the 7-foot-2 senior from Hamburg, Germany, came off the bench to score a game-high 20 points and add six boards.
"I've been playing more and hustling more in practice. And the team picks me up with words when I play better," said Beck, who went over the 20-point mark for the third time in six games. He has averaged 15.6 points over that span.
It was also, Beck said, a three-cheeseburger effort. "Pete McDaniel [a Bruins player last year] buys me a cheeseburger for each slam," said Beck with a grin.
Toss in a solid ball-control effort by point guard Johnny Williams and 13 points from Damien Spain, and it was too much for Meade.
"We'd have liked to force the action a little more, but right now we certainly don't look like a 15-5 ballclub," said coach Ron "Butch" Young. "We did not take good care of the ball [22 turnovers] and did not do much right."
Meade actually shot better (25 of 45) than did the Bruins (25 of 56), but hurt itself with an eight-of-16 effort from the free-throw line, where Broadneck was 18 of 28.
With Beck getting eight points, Broadneck broke from a 2-2 tie to forge a 20-11 lead at the quarter. The Bruins maintained a 28-24 edge at halftime, then started to pull away as Beck and Washington combined for 10 third-quarter points.
Broadneck led by as many as 13 on two occasions, the last 57-44 with just over five minutes left, before Meade rallied briefly behind Ron Hubbard (13 points) and David Beck (12).