Despite Calling The Upset, Prophet Can't Claim The Win

PROPHET PAT

January 16, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

The Prophet hit on a big girls basketball upset last week and still lost.

The rage of a sage tabbed upstart Annapolis, ranked No. 19 by The Sun, to upset No. 18 Arundel, and Teresa Ross' Panthers did, 44-43.

Unfortunately for the Prophet, he said the Panthers would win by two and they won by only one. That left the sage with a 3-3 record onhis six-pack, and his overall percentage dipped eight points to .684(104-48).

The Prophet was 2-1 in his boys basketball picks and 1-2 on the girls side. Only the Chesapeake boys failed the Prophet, losing at home to Broadneck, 58-38. Can you believe that score?

Chesapeake (6-1 at the time) was a two-point favorite to defeat the then-4-3 Bruins.

The Cougars lost their very next game by 55-48, also athome, to Annapolis. The Prophet picked Annapolis to win by three.

Meade came through for the Prophet with a 79-69 victory over Southern. The Prophet said it would be "a much better game" than the first meeting (won by Meade, 77-61) and tabbed the Stangs to win by eight.

North County's girls routed Severna Park, 60-46. The sage really had thought the Falcons would get going and return to winning ways and had made them a two-point favorite.

The Prophet also thought that Archbishop Spalding girls would give No. 4-ranked St. Mary's a game and picked the Saints to win by four. The Saints rolled, 70-36.

Once again, the Prophet is going with three boys and three girls games. Five of the six girls teams the Prophet is analyzing this week are ranked in The Sun's Top 20.

Boys basketball

Annapolis (7-1) at Old Mill (8-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Call this one the "Game of the Week," as the defending 4A Region IV champions visit the Patriots.

As we went to press, the two teams were playing tough games last night. OldMill played host to Class 3A power South River (9-1), while Annapolis played host to archrival Broadneck (6-3).

It's conceivable one of them could be coming into tomorrow night's game on a downer.

If that's the case, the edge would have to go to the team that was victorious, but unfortunately, the Prophet didn't know about that as he wrote this. So, he will assume that both won or both lost and go from there.

It will be almost one year to the day that The Sun's fourth-ranked Annapolis last visited 17th-rated Old Mill and had its 22-gamewinning streak snapped by the Patriots, 68-62. The victory also marked the first time that Old Mill defeated Annapolis in boys basketball.

You can rest assured that Annapolis coach John Brady will remindhis Panthers of that at today's practice.

On the other side, Old Mill coach Paul Bunting will be reminding his guys that that was the only time they met last season, but they will be playing twice this year, traveling to Annapolis, Feb.18.

Bunting also might tell his guys that despite their victory over the Panthers in the regular season, Annapolis still won the region.

Of course, the bottom line is that it is a new year, and last year has nothing to do with this year.Or does it?

The Prophet believes that when you have a winning championship tradition as Annapolis does, last year does have a lot to do with this year.

Old Mill never has been to the Final Four and has to be thinking that maybe this might be the year, but it knows to get there means beating Annapolis. The Pats have to prove they can.

It's going to take great games from the likes of Ravon Austin, Austin Johnson and Erik Shepherd for the Pats to notch their second in a row over Annapolis.

This game will go down to the wire with Annapolis winning it on the foul line. Annapolis plus 1 over Old Mill.

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Chesapeake (6-3) at Meade (6-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

After a fast6-1 start, the visiting Cougars, who played winless North County last night, dropped two in a row, 58-38 to Broadneck and 55-48 to Annapolis.

With arguably its best hoop team in school history, Chesapeake is still not ready for prime time. Kraning's Cougars are get ting closer, but they're still a tad off. They now have to travel to Meade,where the Stangs of Butch Young won their first close game of the season Monday night by dealing Severna Park (8-1) its first loss, 72-71.

Until the Severna Park game, Meade had dropped three heart-breakers, and for good teams to become great teams you have to learn how to win the close ones.

Basketball decisions can result from timing,like when you play

somebody. The Prophet feels that the Cougars are playing the Stangs at the wrong time. Meade plus 3 over Chesapeake.

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St. Mary's (4-8) at Severn (8-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Whatwas it Jackie Gleason used to say? "How sweet it is!"

After getting guards Brad Fowler and Jake Mack back from the disabled list last week and taking Friends, 69-56, Admirals coach Jim Doyle said, "We'relooking forward to our rematch with St. Mary's."

Doyle was referring to the archrival Saints' 61-59 upset of the Admirals during the St. Mary's Christmas Tournament, when the coach played without the heart and soul of his team in Fowler and Mack.

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