Two upsets predicted by the Prophet failed to come to pass, and the rage of a sage ended up with a 4-2 week. That card lifted the Prophet's overall record to 101-45, a .692 percentage.
Severna Park and Old Mill both nailed the Prophet by winning on the road. Severna Park went into Cape St. Claire as a one-point underdog to Broadneck and came out with a 59-55 victory.
With Scott Brown pouring in 22 points, the Falcons ran their record to 7-0 while the Bruins, who got 21 points from Jeff Vincent, fellto 4-3. Broadneck is the only winning team the Falcons have beaten this season.
Old Mill was expected to have a tough time in Harwood and was tabbed to lose by a point to Southern. After holding a 35-34 lead at the half, the Patriots (6-1) took command of the game in the third period by outscoring the Dawgs (5-3) by 18-9.
Meade and Chesapeake came through for the Prophet on the boys side, while the sage was perfect on his girls picks, thanks to Old Mill and Broadneck. TheMeade boys (4-3) hammered 0-8 North County, 79-56, Monday night, easily covering the six-point pick while Chesapeake more than covered three points with a 60-48 triumph at Arundel (3-5).
Old Mill's girls(6-1) were favored by four at Southern (4-3) and cruised to a 55-42 victory.
Struggling Severna Park (2-5) was expected to lose to theBroadneck girls (6-1) by at least two points and dropped a 48-40 game in Cape St. Claire as Ava Tasker scored 15 points.
This week, the Prophet has gone for balance with three boys and three girls games in the spotlight.
Broadneck (4-3) at Chesapeake(6-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
This shapes up as an exciting high schoolhoop game that should go down to the wire with the host Cougars defeating the Bruins for the first time in Tom Kraning's seven years as head coach.
Chesapeake has better size with 6-foot-5 Mike Lind and 6-4 Wes Van Wambeke, and that is the big difference here.
While the Bruins are coming off a tough 59-55 loss at home to Severna Park Tuesday, the Cougars are off to their best start in school history and are only a couple of wins away from the most wins in school history. Chesapeake plus 2 over Broadneck.
Southern (6-2) at Meade (4-3), 7 p.m. Friday
Southern was zapped at home by Old Mill, 70-58, Tuesday night and now plays at Meade, where the Mustangs rule.
Earlier this season, Meade buried the Dawgs on their Harwood court, 77-61, with the Somerville cousins, Butch and Ray, combining for 50 points.
However, Southern has improved since then, and Meade coach Butch Young is well aware of that. Young knows that Southern's 6-2 sophomore forward Chatney Howard, who had 17 points in the first meeting, has really been hot and will remind the Mustangs that taking the Dawgslightly could be disastrous.
After dropping an 84-83 double-overtime decision at Class 3A South River (6-1) Tuesday night, the Mustangs will bear down so as not to lose to another team below Class 4A. Losing to under 4A schools can only hurt a team's chances of gaining a decent seed in the playoffs.
Meade will control the boards and keep the Class 2A Dawgs playing at its tempo. It will be a much better game between the two this time. Meade plus 8 over Southern.
Annapolis (5-1) at Chesapeake (6-1), 7:30 p.m. Monday
The host Cougars will give the Panthers all they can handle, but in the end the Annapolis depth and overall quickness will prevail.
Annapolis will know it was in a ballgame and feel fortunate to escape with a victory.
One of the key match-ups could be the Panthers' 6-6 junior center B.J. Gross going against the Cougars' 6-5 senior Mike Lind. Lind willhave to totally dominate Gross for the Cougars to win.
The Prophet sees Gross at least playing Lind even up and the Panthers winning. Annapolis plus 3 over Chesapeake.
Archbishop Spalding (6-7) at St. Mary's (10-2), 7 p.m. tonight
Spalding coach Paul Leimkuhler likes to rub it in on the Prophet, reminding the sagehow he consistently has bad luck picking the Spalding girls. UsuallyLeimkuhler's Cavaliers make the rage of a sage look foolish.
In the past couple of years, whenever the Prophet has picked the Cavs to get hammered by the archrival Saints, they usually make it close and give St. Mary's all it can handle.
The Prophet is playing a hunch that the Cavs will do just that tonight until the waning moments. Spalding's 5-8 junior Amy Langville is as good a player as there is in the county, and her versatility should keep the Cavs in the game.
Look for the Saints' Bridget Smith, a 5-4 guard, to also have an outstanding game and for St. Mary's to win on defense. St. Mary's plus 4 over Spalding.
Arundel (5-3) at Annapolis (3-2), 5:30 p.m. Friday
Here is the biggest home game in the two-year career of Annapolis coach Teresa Ross. Her Panthers are off to a great start at 3-2 and face another outstanding Arundel team coached by Lee Rogers.
After a slow start, Arundel has been rolling, taking the last five in arow, including the championship of its own Christmas Tournament.