It's Christmas tournament time, and the Prophet is as blazing and bright as Rudolph's red nose.
Your rage of sage is coming off his first perfect card of the hoop season. The Prophet went 6-0 last week -- winning two boys and four girls games -- and has climbed back over the 70 percent mark at 85-36 (.702) overall.
In boys action, the sage told you that South River would win at Southern for the first time since 1983. The Seahawks (4-1) were favored by two points and emerged a 69-62 victor.
Broadneck (2-1) was tabbed by seven points over winless North County (0-5) and won, 49-42.
The girls of Broadneck (3-0) also came through for the Prophet by defeating North County (2-2), 45-38. The Bruins were favored by four.
Other girls teams making the Prophet look good were Arundel, St. Mary's and Spalding, though the Cavaliers did so in negative
Arundel (2-2) was a two-point pick over Northeast (3-2) and won by 57-46, while St. Mary's (6-2) easily covered the 10-point spreadover Annapolis (2-1) by rolling, 74-43.
Spalding (3-5) went into Western (4-1) of Baltimore a 20-point underdog and that proved to be rather modest, as the Cavaliers were humbled, 67-25.
This week, the Prophet will pick the winners of six tournaments. The ambitious undertaking actually covers 19 boys and girls games.
Hope you had a great Christmas day and are ready to get back to hoops.
St. Mary's Tournament
Archbishop Spalding (1-5) vs. South River (4-1), 5.30 p.m. today.
This won't be much of a game, because the Seahawks are loaded with outstanding players, such as Albert Lee and Darren Hall.
Spalding finally got its first win of the season last Friday by 64-50 over Arlington Baptist of Baltimore, but Coach Lee Dove's Cavaliers just aren't in a class withSouth River.
The Prophet predicts that South River will win this game in a breeze and take the tournament championship tomorrow night.The two victories will tie the school record for most consecutive wins at six.
South River plus 20 over Spalding.
Severn School (5-3) vs. St. Mary's (2-6), 7:30 p.m. tonight.
Severn may be banged up with injuries that have stars Brad Fowler and Jake Mack on the sidelines, but Chris Pitkin and mates will get the job done and advance to the championship game, where they will get hammered.
Severn plus6 over St. Mary's.
(Championship game, 7.30 p.m. tomorrow: South River plus 10.)
Capital City Classic
Bethesda-Chevy Chase (1-3) vs. Cardozo (2-2), 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Cardozo,a team from Washington's Inter-High Athletic Association (DCIAA) West Division, owns a victory over Baltimore Catholic League power Loyola. The Dons were ranked No. 10 by The Sun at the time of the loss.
Cardozo will take this game by a double-digit margin, then upset Annapolis in the final Saturday night.
Cardozo plus 10 over BCC.
Poly (1-2) vs. Annapolis (3-0), 8 p.m. tomorrow
Coach John Brady's Panthers will put away the Engineers, but have problems with Cardozo in the finale. The Prophet expects Annapolis to drop its first game in the final, unless 6-foot-6 junior B. J. Gross can put it all together, as he did in last Wednesday night's 100-77 victory over Edmondsonof Baltimore with 16 points, 22 boards and 10 blocks.
Annapolis plus 6 over Poly.
(Championship game, 8 p.m. Saturday: Cardozo plus2 over Annapolis.)
Bob Pascal Tournament
North County (0-5) vs. Severna Park (4-0), 6 p.m. tomorrow
WinlessNorth County coach Brad Wilson was encouraged after last Thursday night's 49-42 loss to Broadneck (2-1), saying, "We're not that far frombeing a good basketball team."
His optimism is understandable, but it must be mentioned that this is not as strong a Broadneck team aswe've seen the last three years.
Severna Park is a 4A contender with good size and a host of outstanding players led by Rich Riffle and Scott Brown. The Falcons will put the Knights away early and advance to what shapes up as a great final opposite Chesapeake.
Severna Park plus 12 over North County.
Northeast (2-3) vs. Chesapeake (4-0), 8 p.m. tomorrow.
Off to its best start in school history, Coach Tom Kraning's Cougars are for real. Seniors Wes Van Wambeke (6-4) and Mike Lind (6-5) give the Cougars a lot of strength inside, nicely complementing the outside marksmanship of Mark and Justin Hall.
Northeast is a pretty good team, but may be overmatched in this one.
Chesapeake plus 6 over Northeast.
(Championship game, 8 p.m. Saturday: Chesapeake plus 2 over Severna Park.)
Meade Christmas Tournament
Glen Burnie (3-1) vs. Old Mill (3-1), 6 p.m. tomorrow.
Old Mill is coming off its first loss, 71-57, at Frederick (5-0) last Friday night, but the Pats should rebound and knock out the Gophers. Glen Burnie has a nice record thus far, but other than Class 2A Northeast (the Gophers' only loss), they haven't played anybody.
Look for a big game from Ravon Austin, as the Pats romp.
Old Mill plus 8 over Glen Burnie.
Edgewood (2-1) vs. Meade (2-1), 8 p.m. tomorrow.