Calling the Class 4A Region IV boys basketball playoffs was the highlight of Prophet Pat's 4-2 card last week.
The rage of a sage predicted that Old Mill would lose the top seed in the region by losing at Thomas Johnson in Frederick County, while defending state 4A champion Annapolis would keep winning and replace the Patriots.
Saturday night, Old Mill lost at Thomas Johnson, 78-63, while Annapolis destroyed North County, 100-48, and took the top seed. After outrunning Southern Tuesday, 98-84, the Panthers find themselves within one win of sealing the top seed and home-court advantage throughoutthe playoffs.
The Annapolis romp over North County was not a pick; it was too easy, so the sage took it off the board.
The Prophet also told you that Old Mill would bounce back from its loss to TJ andtake care of Arundel on Tuesday. That is precisely what the Patriotsdid, ripping the Wildcats, 77-52.
The Prophet missed two boys games, one just barely. The rage of sage took Meade at home Friday night, but the visiting Bruins handed it to the 'Stangs, 69-60.
"You're wrong again. Keep picking us to lose," said a Broadneck heckler on the other end of the phone line Friday night.
Severna Park won itsboys contest over Glen Burnie, as the Prophet predicted, but the Falcons didn't cover the five-point spread. The Falcons won, 68-67.
On the girls side, the Prophet was 2-for-2, including his uncanny prediction on the Old Mill-St. Mary's game. Having lost to the Saints in the Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding over holidays, the sage said Old Mill would take the rematch. The Pats did, 59-52.
Finally, Northeast was tabbed as a six-point favorite over South River, and the Eagles easily covered, 48-37.
With the 4-2 slate, the Prophet lifted his overall record to 117-54, a percentage of .684.
This week's six-pack should be a breeze.
Glen Burnie (5-16) atAnnapolis (18-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Chalk up win No. 19 and the top seed in Division 4A for the defending state champions of Annapolis. Coach John Brady's Panthers know the importance of this game and will come out smokin.'
The top two seeds gain first round byes in the playoffs set to begin next week, and numero uno enjoys home-court advantage throughout. That's what the Fighting Panthers want and will get.
Look for several guys to score in double digits, as Brady clears his bench in a game that probably will be over in the first half.
While Glen Burnie closes the book on a horrendous season, Brady will savor career win No. 296 and look to next week for a repeat statetitle and that coveted 300th win.
Annapolis plus 15 over Glen Burnie.
Meade (16-5) at Severna Park (10-11), 7:30 p.m. Friday:
The home-team Falcons have been on a roll, with six wins in their last seven games in their drive to nail down the fifth seed over LaPlata of Charles County.
An upset victory over fourth-seeded Meade would probably give the Falcons that fifth seed, but the Prophet doesn't expect it to happen.
On Jan. 4 at Meade, the Mustangs got buried, 79-59, with David Beck popping in 20 points. Meade might need a similareffort from Beck because the Falcons are much improved since then.
Scott Brown, Darrick Moran and Rich Riffle have been firing in pointsfor the Falcons, but Severna Park will need extra ammunition to pullthis one off.
This should be an exciting, high-scoring game, but Meade's better defense will be the difference in the final period.
Meade plus 2 over Severna Park.
North County (4-17) at Chesapeake (8-13), 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Host Chesapeake is not heading into postseason because they got hot too late, but they have an opportunity for what the Prophet believes is the Cougars' longest winning streak ever in boys' hoops, five straight.
Chesapeake stunned playoff-bound Northeast on Tuesday, 62-58, for its fourth in a row, as Justin Hall pumped in 19 points, 15 via three-pointers.
Coach Tom Kraning has watched this team put it together the last week and a half, certainly setting apositive tone for next season.
By contrast, the first-year Knights are ready to pack it in and look to the future, knowing the only place they can go is up.
Classy senior C.J. Prince, who had 31 points in his final home game Tuesday night -- a 72-64 loss to Severna Park -- will go out in style. The Prophet wouldn't be surprised to see himhit 30 again, but it won't be enough.
"In 16 years as a coach andteacher, C.J. certainly has been one of the most enjoyable kids I have ever coached," assistant coach Dan Krimmelbein said. "More importantly, I've had him in the classroom several semesters, and he's just a class act as a student and person."
Chesapeake plus 3 over NorthCounty.
Southern (11-10) at South River (11-10), 7:30 p.m. Friday:
Both these teams are headed for the playoffs, Southern in Class 2A Region III and South River in 3A Region IV, but neighborhood bragging rights along Route 214 are on the line here.