'Perfect' Prophet Picks Panthers Over Seahawks


January 23, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

In keeping with tradition, the Prophet bounced back from a ho-hum 3-3 week to go 6-0 in high school predictions last week.

The rage ofa sage's perfect week lifted his overall record to 110-48 and put him within striking distance of the coveted 70 percent mark in accuracyat .696.

The perfect slate was a balanced one, too, with the Prophet hitting on three boys and three girls games.

In boys hoops, he picked Annapolis by one at Old Mill, and the Panthers came through, 64-52. Meade and Severn School also helped the Prophet shine.

Meade, a three-point favorite over "not ready for prime time" Chesapeake, won, 62-49. Afterward, Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning said on the 24-hour Sportsline, "I guess you were right. We're not ready for the big show yet."

Severn School was a bold, 15-point Prophet favorite. And the Admirals didn't disappoint, hammering St. Mary's, 69-48.

The St. Mary's girls were on the other side of the ledger, along with Old Mill and Broadneck. St. Mary's was tabbed to deal Seton Keough of Baltimore its second loss in Baltimore Catholic League play by at least six points, and the Saints responded with a 65-53 victory.

Old Mill was expected to romp over Annapolis by at least nine, and the Patriots wonby a 19-point margin, 56-37.

According to the Prophet, Southern of Harwood would give Broadneck a rough time before bowing by two, andthe Dawgs went down in a 47-39 struggle.

This week, the Prophet'ssix-pack has four boys and two girls games.


Broadneck (7-4) at Meade (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday

With Annapolis the only undefeated team (8-0) in games that count toward the 4A Region IV playoffs, the second seed is up for grabs among these two teams, plus four others -- Severna Park, Old Mill, Glen Burnie and Chesapeake.

Christmas tournament results do not count toward postseason. Of the sixteams trailing Annapolis, Meade and Severna Park have only two losses, and everybody else has three.

Obviously, this game means a tad more to Broadneck in terms of landing one of the higher seeds and possible home-court advantage in postseason play. In addition, this is the only regular-season meeting between these two perennial threats toAnnapolis because of the alignments of the Bay and Friendship divisions.

That means if Broadneck and Meade were to tie in playoff points, the winner of this game would get the higher seed.

Each club won its last game before the weeklong break for exams -- Meade, 62-48 over Chesapeake, and Broadneck, 69-52 over Southern.

The way the Prophet sees it, Meade has three advantages. No. 1, the Mustangs scoremore than the Bruins inconsistent offense, which only managed 39 points against Annapolis in the game before the Southern meeting.

No.2, Coach Butch Young's team is taller. And No. 3, it is at home. If Broadneck does lose, the Bruins will have five losses overall with atleast 10 games to go, after going 20-5 last season. Meade by 2 over Broadneck.


Severna Park (9-2) at Southern (6-6), 7:30 p.m. Friday

The visiting Falcons hit the skids last week after winning their first eight games, dropping one-point games to Meade and Glen Burnie.

Southern also lost two of three last week, but the Bulldogs have been very inconsistent and already have six losses. The Prophet sees loss No. 6 as a tip-off on this game.

While Severna Park lost to streaking Glen Burnie (7-4), 73-72, Southern was buried by the Gophers, 71-52, getting outscored, 38-24, in the second half.

Sometimes, speed and quickness can overcome a pack of good athletes, but notthis time. The Falcons' athletic talent -- not to mention their desire to get back on track -- will allow them to dominate this game. Severna Park by 8 over Southern.


Chesapeake (7-4) at South River(11-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Call this the "Ambush in Edgewater" becausethe Cougars are in for a long, long night. South River is rolling with guys like Al Lee, Darren Hall, Edmund Hicks and freshman Corey Davis.

Chesapeake has a very good team and Coach Tom Kraning is doingan excellent job, but this is the Seahawks' year. They already have a school-record 11 wins in a row, and you can make it 12 after this game. South River by 8 over Chesapeake.


South River (11-1) at Annapolis (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, "Game of the Week"

If everything goes as expected, these two should meet as the only county boys teams without a loss to an Anne Arundel opponent this season.

As theProphet already mentioned, he expects the Seahawks to handle Chesapeake, and there is no way Annapolis will lose at Northeast (3-8) tomorrow night. The Prophet is so sure of that, he didn't even bother picking that one and opening himself up to criticism from turban-head fans for running up his record.

So, barring a stupendous upset of either the Seahawks or Panthers tomorrow night, the stage will be set for Tuesday night in the Cap City.

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