It wasn't a great opening week for Prophet Pat in high school hoops. In fact, it wasrather lousy.
The rage of a sage was 2-3 with one game postponed,running his overall season total to 76-33, a percentage of .697.
Only the Northeast and St. Mary's girls came through for the Prophet while three boys teams -- South River, Glen Burnie and Arundel -- didnot.
FOR THE RECORD - The score of last Friday's boys basketball game between South River and Leonardtown of St. Mary's County was incorrectly reported in the Prophet column of yesterday's Anne Arundel County Sun.
Leonardtownwon the game, 49-48.
The Anne Arundel County Sun regrets the error.
Northeast, a four-point favorite by the Prophet, ripped GlenBurnie, 55-27, while St. Mary's buried Chesapeake, 56-29, as predicted. The Prophet told you it would be St. Mary's by at least 10 points.
In boys action, the Prophet tabbed Poly of Baltimore to defeat Arundel by five points. Poly only won, 50-49, so the sage lost.
TheProphet also lost the South River at Leonardtown and Northeast at Glen Burnie boys games. South River was a whopping 10-point pick on theroad at Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, but the Seahawks lost, 49-48.
Glen Burnie at home was the early favorite over Northeast by eight points, but instead got beat, 60-51.
The Meade at North County boys game was canceled because of threatened violence.
Carver (14-4 last year) at Annapolis (21-4 last year),7:30 p.m. Friday.
It's opening night for the perennial county andRegion IV champion Panthers of John Brady, who is closing in on 300 career wins.
Brady, starting his 15th season, soon will become thefastest coach to reach 300 wins when he gets just two more.
His Baltimore opponent tomorrow night is a two-time defending Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference champion with four players back fromlast season.
Among the Bears' returnees is 6-foot-4 senior centerRodney Black, but the Panthers have six players back, including 6-5 blue-chip forward/guard Rob Wooster and 6-2 senior guard Marvin Brown.
Look for Brown -- who, Brady says, "may make people forget aboutDennis Edwards (the county's leading scorer last year)" -- to light it up tomorrow night and for Brady to ring up No. 1 this season and No. 299 in his career. Annapolis plus 3 over Carver.
Broadneck(20-5 last year) at South River (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The hostSeahawks have two games under their belts to none by the visiting Bruins. South River lost at Leonardtown, 98-48, but bounced back to winat North County Tuesday night, 74-65.
But the way the Prophet sees it, South River coach Kenny Dunn would have to have 20 games under his belt to none by Broadneck to have any kind of an advantage over Bruin coach Ken Kazmarek.
The Bruins don't boast a lot of height, but once again they will be very quick with great court sense, thanks to Kaz.
It won't be easy, but Broadneck will spoil the Hawks' homeopener, with Jeff Vincent and Maurice Washington doing most of the damage. Broadneck plus 2 over South River.
North County (0-1) at Northeast (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Can the host Eagles rebound from Tuesday's surprising 57-49 loss at Queen Anne's?
The Prophet says they will because this is their home opener in Pasadena, and North County is coming off a 74-65 loss at home to South River.
Look for Scott Rey and unknown 6-4 senior Chad Sanschagrin to have big nights in scoring. Premier guard Gene Pleyo will make a defensive play to turn the tide midway into the final period. Northeast plus 4 over North County.
Mount St. Joseph (0-1) at Annapolis (21-4), 7:30p.m. Monday.
The visiting Gaels opened at home Tuesday against not only the Baltimore metro area's No. 1 team but the top one in the nation as well -- Dunbar -- and got hammered, 115-66.
Annapolis is certainly not Dunbar, but when you talk about dominance in a league, the home-team Panthers dominate in Anne Arundel County just as the Poets do in Baltimore.
If Annapolis beats Carver as expected Friday night, this will give Panthers' coach John Brady a shot at No. 300 and it would come against his alma mater, Mount St. Joseph. And that would make it extra-special for the colorful Panthers coach.
The Prophet predicts No. 300 on this night with senior catalyst Rob Wooster doing whatever it takes to get it done. Wooster, the Panthers' Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside in one, will throw in at least 24, the way the sage sees it, and Brady will get a memorable ride home in buddy Mike Gunther's limo. Annapolis plus 4 over Mount St. Joseph.
Old Mill (1-0) at St. Mary's (2-0), 4 p.m. Friday
Here it is, the county's public school best against the private school and Baltimore Catholic League best.
No question rookie coach HarryDobson has an outstanding team, led by senior guard Randall Goldsborough, but the Patriots have deep depth.
Junior center Stacy Himes leads the visiting Patriots, who just keep coming at you with no let-up. It's hard to imagine a high school girls team as deep in talent as Coach Pat Chance's.
Dobson has an excellent squad, but the Old Mill depth will be the difference going down the stretch, and the first-year coach who led the Saints' junior varsity to an unbeaten seasonlast year will taste defeat for the first time. Old Mill plus 2 overSt. Mary's.
North County (1-0) at Northeast (2-0), 5:15 p.m.Friday
Both teams are off to great starts, with the visiting Knights winning their first Tuesday by 57-35 over South River while the home-team Eagles took No. 2 by 78-32 over Queen Anne's.
Renita Johnson bagged 30 points for North County in its opener while Northeast'sDebbi Dadds scored 12 points, had 20 boards and eight steals and blocked five shots. This game could very well come down to Johnson vs. Dadds in nitty-gritty time.
Both girls are seniors, with Johnson slightly taller at 6-0 than Dadds at 5-11. The Prophet feels that Daddswill get the better of her opponent on her home court because of a supporting cast much better than even Coach Calvin Vain expected.
Vain may be sitting on a potential Class 2A state champion and will prove it tomorrow night against a 4A counterpart. Northeast plus 2 overNorth County.
The Prophet to date
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