While he hit the "Game of the Week," thanks to an assist from Old Mill coach Paul Bunting, the Prophet had an otherwise disappointing 3-3week, leaving his overall record at 113-51 (.689).
The Annapolis boys hoops team (11-1) took the marquis game 84-81 over South River (12-2) Tuesday night in the Cap City. The Panthers were favored by twopoints, thanks to Bunting's tip that "if the game gets to the bench,Annapolis will win."
It got to the bench, and the Panthers pulled out a squeaker, withsenior catalyst Rob Wooster scoring a career-high 34 points.
South River had reeled off 12 in a row and, along with Annapolis, had notlost to a county foe. The victory gave the Panthers the county's best overall record.
The Seahawks also came through for the Prophet on the other side of the ledger with an 80-59 romp over Chesapeake Friday. Prophet Pat tabbed South River as an eight-point favorite.
There were two boys games that the rage of a sage missed. Meade was expected to win at home over Broadneck by two points, but the Bruins didn't listen and won, 58-53.
Southern's boys, suffering through a 6-6 season going into last Friday night, were picked to lose at home byat least eight points to Class 4A power Severna Park. Instead, the Dawgs took an 80-76 upset.
On the girls side, the sage was 1-1, hitting on Old Mill (six-point favorite) over North County by 57-35 and missing on St. Mary's. Due to a spark plug malfunction in the Prophet's crystal ball, the sage had his dates mixed up on St. Mary's.
The Prophet received information on his big screen that the Saints weregoing to lose their first Baltimore Catholic League game by one point at Mercy. St. Mary's squeaked out a 57-55 decision.
Well, lo andbehold, the St. Mary's loss was to be Tuesday, but the Prophet's feed used Jan. 24 as the upset date instead of Jan. 28. St. Mary's was upset by the Institute of Notre Dame, 62-52, on Tuesday.
This week,the Prophet again is picking two girls and four boys games.
Old Mill (12-1) at Broadneck (11-2), 5.15 p.m. Friday,"Upset of the Week."
The front-running Old Mill Patriots have yetto lose to an Anne Arundel County opponent, their only loss coming in a Christmas tournament.
All the indicators point to a Broadneck upset tomorrow night, as the Bruins play host to the county's top girls team.
Each team is coming off a lopsided win Tuesday night: OldMill, 57-24, over Arundel and Broadneck, 59-26, over Glen Burnie.
The playoffs are not that far away, and usually by this time of the season, Broadneck starts coming on. Lately, the Bruins have played great defense, holding Meade to just 23 points in a 51-23 win last Friday after stopping Southern, 47-39, the week before.
As mentioned above, Glen Burnie scored only 26 points Tuesday night. Meade (2-10) went out and upset North County (9-6) Tuesday night, 37-33.
Playinggreat defense is the only chance the Bruins have to upset the Patriots. The Bruins also will have to be sharp on the foul line and keep their starters in.
This game very well could be a preview of the Class 4A Region IV final in early March. It is the only regular-season meeting between the two, and Old Mill is ripe to be upset -- things have been going too good. Broadneck by one over Old Mill.
Southern (8-5) at Northeast (8-5), 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Here is a chance for thehost Eagles of coach Calvin Vain to gain some respect as the county's top 2A school. The Dawgs of Southern are ranked No. 13 this week byThe Baltimore Sun, while Northeast is No. 19.
This is the first of at least two meetings between two schools that may play a third time in the 2A region playoffs.
Northeast is coming off a 55-54 thriller over Class 4A Severna Park Tuesday, thanks to Maleah Rey's layup with only two seconds left. Southern dropped a 43-40 decision to Chesapeake the same night to leave the Dawgs tied with the Eagles.
Give the edge to Northeast, being home and because of the board strengthof Debbi Dadds on both ends of the court. Northeast by one over Southern, possibly OT.
Severna Park (10-3) at SouthRiver (12-2), 7 p.m. Friday.
Look for talented, confident South River to rebound from its heart-breaking three-point loss at AnnapolisTuesday night and hand the visiting Falcons their fourth loss of theseason.
After what the Prophet saw Tuesday night, he is convincedthat South River is going to Cole Field House as a Class 3A region winner. This is the best team coach Kenny Dunn has had in his 14 yearsat the Edgewater school.
The Seahawks had won 12 in a row until the Annapolis game, and three of their wins came in OT. That's the sign of a championship contender when you can go down to the wire and win. The Seahawks almost pulled one off again Tuesday night on Riva Road.