Having fallen one game short of reaching the state playoffs the lasttwo years, the Broadneck boys basketball team anxiously awaits another opportunity to join the elite at Cole Field House.
But to do so, the Bruins must resist looking ahead.
Last night, visiting LaPlata of Charles County could attest that the Bruins are a focused team.
Adjusting quickly to the Warriors' deliberate offense, Broadneck opened a 15-point halftime lead and cruised to a 65-34 victory in the Class 4A Region IV quarterfinals.
Third-seeded Broadneck (19-4) will visit second-seeded Old Mill at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the semifinals. The Patriots were victorious in theirprevious meeting, 68-59, on Jan. 25.
In that game, Broadneck center Boris Beck played sparingly and failed to score. But much has changed since then.
The 7-foot-2 transfer from Germany extended his recent hot streak with 12 points last night. He had averaged 17 points in his previous six games, all Broadneck victories.
"When he firstcame here he was shocked by the physical nature of the American game, but he's adapted to it," Kazmarek said.
Kazmarek is equally excited about his entire team's play of late. The Bruins have won eight straight since being overwhelmed by Annapolis, 75-39, on Jan. 29.
"This is the first time in several years that we've been playing this well at the end of the year," Kazmarek said. "It's something to be excited about."
The Warriors committed 16 turnovers in the first half and 28 for the game. They turned the ball over on six of their first seven possessions of the second quarter.
Senior point guard Johnny Williams and junior shooting guard Maurice Washington combined for22 points in the half.
Washington finished with a game-high 18 points, hitting consistently from the outside.
"I've been practicingmy jump shot. It was open so I took it," he said.
Williams finished with 12 points. Matt Weimer, playing with a broken nose, added eight points.
LaPlata took an early 4-0 lead. Broadneck did not scoreuntil 4 minutes, 40 seconds remained in the quarter, when Williams sank a free throw.
Broadneck began a 13-0 run with 1:45 left in thequarter when a Washington jumper gave the Bruins a 7-6 lead. LaPlatawould trail the rest of the way.