Broadneck senior center David Britton said he knew his team was better than its season-opening loss to South River, and the five defeats that followed. And last night, the Bruins proved it.
Led by a stifling man-to-man defense and key contributions from some unheralded players, host Broadneck upset No. 14 South River, 58-48, in an Anne Arundel County game.
Senior forward Matt Weimer scored a game-high 17 points, and Britton added a career-best 12 points to go with 11 rebounds. Guard Jason Smith scored 11 points, and forward Greg Jackson contributed nine points and seven rebounds.
"The thing that's helped us our last couple games is our inside game," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "Both Dave Britton and Greg Jackson have really started to develop themselves as players inside. We've been conscious to try to utilize them and that's helped us out. It gives us much more of an inside- outside package.
"We've been feeling as though we're very close all year, and when we're able to put together certain aspects of our game, I think we can play very tough."
The toughest part of the Bruins last night was their defense, which limited South River to 33 percent shooting from the field (20 of 60). The Seahawks' 48 points matched their season low, when they lost to Leonardtown, 49-48, back on Dec. 6.
Broadneck senior Jeff Vincent was assigned to South River senior guard Al Lee, who entered as the county's second-leading scorer with 21.8 points a game. He finished with 16, but only had two at halftime and six heading into the final quarter.
"A lot was taken out of Jeff playing Al Lee," Kazmarek said of Vincent, who scored a season-low seven points, 10 below his average. "I think that hurt his legs and his ability to score, but that was a sacrifice we had to make."
South River had a three-game winning streak snapped in dropping to 15-3 overall and 7-1 in the county's Bay Division. Broadneck is 10-6 and 6-1.
The Bruins' only division loss came against South River, 56-55, on Dec. 13. But this time, the Seahawks' inside game was weakened considerably by junior center Darren Hall's sprained left ankle. He finished with two points -- nearly 12 below his average -- and four rebounds.
Broadneck, which enjoyed a 37-24 edge on the boards, only trailed 2-0 and 4-2. The Bruins went ahead for good, 27-25, on a Britton basket with 2:40 left in the third quarter.
South River held a 20-17 advantage in field goals, but Broadneck countered with 22-of-31 shooting from the line, where South River was 7-for-10.
"We thought we could beat them," Britton said. "We've really improved and we knew we could play better than how we played against them last time."