It was a strange, 3-3 week for the Prophet. All three hits by the rage of a sage were outstanding, while the three misses were way off.
With the 3-3 slate, the sage ran his overall record to 118-58 (.670percentage), but the three correct picks should have been worth morein terms of wins for the Prophet.
He took Annapolis in two big boys games, and the Panthers followed the Prophet's cue, as did the St. Mary's girls, who followed it right to a tee.
Annapolis was the Prophet's pick to take care of a pair of Class 4A Region IV contenders in Meade and Severna Park, and the Panthers certainly did. Meade was a three-point underdog at Annapolis last Friday and the Mustangs were blown out, 80-58.
Tuesday at Severna Park, the Panthers were favored by five over the Falcons and won, 76-69, as Rob Wooster took over in the second half and finished with a career-high 38 points.
The Panthers trailed by nine at the half, but great defense, superb rebounding by 6-foot-6 B.J. Gross andWooster's ability to score from anywhere pulled it out. The only thing the Prophet missed was saying that Wooster would have a "35- to 40-point game" against Meade, rather than Severna Park.
St. Mary's was tabbed to take Archbishop Spalding by 16 points, and the Saints won by exactly that amount, 63-47.
On the other side of the coin, the sage missed on the Severna Park boys at Old Mill, taking the latterby a point. Instead, Severna Park won, 53-47. Also, the Broadneck (10-6) boys were a three-point underdog at home to South River (15-3), and the Bruins pulled off a 58-48 upset.
Finally, the Northeast (5-12) boys were picked by the Prophet to be North County's first win of the season by one point. Gene Pleyo and Scott Rey combined for 47 points and Conaway chipped in 10, as Northeast won, 69-59.
Meade (11-6) at Severna Park (12-5), 7:30 p.m. tomorrow
The host Falcons are coming off a disappointing loss to Annapolis. It was a game they very easily could have won. And they couldn't stop Wooster.
Severna Park has an excellent team -- big, strong and talented, with one of the county's premier players in 6-6 senior Rich Riffle.
It's good for the Falcons that they are home for this one after Tuesday night's letdown, but at the same time, Meade is coming off a victory, 59-48, over Glen Burnie.
It should be close, but the difference will be the Falcons' overall better starting five. The Falcons are better offensively and will score just enough to win. Severna Park plus one over Meade.
Glen Burnie (10-7) at Old Mill (12-5),7 p.m. tomorrow
While Glen Burnie was losing to Meade Tuesday, Old Mill was wearing down Chesapeake (8-9) with a 26-6 run in the finalperiod en route to a 65-48 victory.
The Patriots are amazing. They've lost their two starting guards in Ravon Austin (knee injury) andErik Sheppard (academic probation), but they keep winning. It's a credit to Paul Bunting's coaching ability.
Nonetheless, this Old Mill team takes whatever you give it and knows how to take advantage of situations. The visiting Gophers are simply too inconsistent. They gofrom being one of the top four teams in the county to one of the bottom four.
The Glen Burnie playoff team may show up for this game, but Terrell Eldridge and Austin Johnson will get it done for Old Mill. The home-court advantage means something in this one. Old Mill plus2 over Glen Burnie.
Annapolis (15-1) at Broadneck (10-6), 7:30 p.m. Saturday
That's no mistake, hoop fans. This game is set for Saturday night, since both teams are playing tonight and will take off Friday night.
No question that the host Bruins will be looking to redeem themselves after being humbled, 60-39, at Annapolis back in early January. Broadneck needs to restore some pride and took a giant step toward doing so Tuesday in its upset of South River.
Being in the friendly confines of their own gym, the Bruins will be fired up and will stay in the game until the second half, when they will have trouble scoring against the quicker Annapolis defense.
Assuming Annapolis wins tonight at home vs. Chesapeake, the Panthers will go into Cape St. Claire Saturday night needing a win to tie their school record for consecutive wins (22) over county opponents. Annapolis plus 4 over Broadneck.
Old Mill (12-5) at Annapolis (15-1), 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
This is a rematch between two 4A playoff-bound teams. Annapolis took the first one at Old Mill by 64-52 back on Jan. 17.
That wasn't a textbook game.
It should be different this time, but Annapolis is getting better with each game, with sophomore point guard Juan Johnson developing into a very good player.
The Prophet says thePanthers will set a school record for most wins in a row over countyfoes at 23 on Tuesday night, with Wooster banging in 30 points. Annapolis plus 5 over Old Mill.
St. Mary's (18-3) at Southern (11-6), 7:15 p.m. tomorrow
Here is a chance for the visiting Saints to prove how good the Baltimore Catholic is against oneof the county's top teams.
Southern can't match four players likeRandall Goldsborough, Bridget Smith, Amy Mikula and Kristine Manning. The Saints will roll. St. Mary's plus 8 over Southern.
North County (11-7) at Arundel (10-7), 5:30 p.m. tomorrow
Look for a big night from Mary Pat Fannon, as the host Wildcats deal the unpredictableKnights a second loss this week.
Class 4A North County was upset at home Tuesday by Calvin Vain's 2A Northeast Eagles and senior center Debbi Dadds (36 points), 65-58. Northeast had a couple of starters injured and still won. Arundel plus 2 over North County.
The Prophet to date
Right... ... Wrong... ... Pct.
118... ... ... 58... ... ..670