Gophers Picked To Upset Panthers In Boys Hoops

PROPHET PAT

February 20, 1992

The Prophet actually picked the winners in four hoop games last week, but gets credit for only three. Old Mill's boys team would not quitat Annapolis Tuesday night, and after trailing by as many as 18 points, ended up taking the Panthers to the buzzer before bowing, 76-74. The Prophet had picked Annapolis by five.

Annapolis did come through for the rage of a sage last Saturday night at Broadneck, winning, 73-51, to easily cover the four-point spread.

The girls hoops teams were good to the Prophet on Valentine's Day, while the boys were not.

The St. Mary's girls, a Prophet pick towin by at least eight points at Southern, won, 57-44, while Arundel upended North County, 45-40. The 'Cats were a two-point favorite.

In what was a mild upset, the Glen Burnie boys, a two-point underdog,won at Old Mill, 73-66. That identical score was also the Prophet's undoing at Severna Park, where the home team again was upset. Meade took a 73-66 decision over Severna Park, which went in as a one-point favorite.

With a second straight 3-3 card, the Prophet's overall mark slipped to 121-61, a drop of five percentage points to .665.

The Prophet is due, so get ready for six perfect picks.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Annapolis (18-1) at Glen Burnie (11-8), 7 p.m. tomorrow. "Upset of the Week."

Yes, the Panthers' county-record 24 consecutive wins over county foes will end in Gopherland tomorrow night.

Glen Burnie took Annapolis to the wire at Annapolis on Feb. 4 before dropping a 76-73 decision. The Gophers, with the likes of Vernon Osborne and Ted Wolf, are giving everyone fits, and Tuesday night lost an 82-80heart-breaker at home to Severna Park (13-6).

Annapolis has been winning more than its share of close ones and is due to drop a tight game. Glen Burnie always seems to play the Panthers tough at home, and after losing a two-pointer Tuesday, its luck is about to change.

The Prophet finds it hard to believe this Annapolis team -- which isgood but not great -- has yet to lose to a county opponent. Not to take anything away from the Panthers, but Annapolis has had much better teams lose at least once in the county.

What has saved Annapolisin the last month has been the extraordinary scoring of Rob Wooster.The guy has been on fire. Wooster had 37 in Tuesday's thriller over Old Mill and has buried 132 points in his last four games.

Something has got to give, and it will tomorrow night. Glen Burnie by one over Annapolis.

Old Mill (11-8) at Meade (14-5), 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Is a three-game, regular-season sweep of Meade too much to ask of the Old Mill Patriots? That's the question, hoops fans.

Old Mill first took Meade in late December in the finals of the Mustangs' Christmas tournament, 64-62, and followed up with a 78-61 romp on Feb. 4 at Old Mill.

The Pats' leading scorer, Ravon Austin, lighted up the scoreboard for 24 points in the Christmas tournament win, but didn't play in the second game. Austin has been out for several weeks with a knee injury, but returned to the lineup at Annapolis Tuesday and scored 12 points.

That was a good tune-up for this game, and his presence will enable the Pats to get the brooms out. Don't be surprised, though, if the two meet in the Region IV playoffs and Meade wins that one. But for now . . . Old Mill by 2 over Meade.

Annapolis at Meade, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

After being upset at Glen Burnie tomorrow night, the Panthers will regroup and get back on track.

Meade was sluggish in its 42-39 win over Chesapeake Tuesday night, a game in which the Cougars' leading rebounder, Wes Van Wambeke, did not play.

If everything goes as expected tomorrow night, with Meade also losing, the 'Stangs will be down coming into this one. Adding to their misery will be the thought of their Feb. 7 visit to Annapolis, when they wereblown out, 80-58.

It could happen again, with Wooster, Marvin Brown and B.J. Gross leading the way -- especially if Annapolis comes into Fort Meade smarting from a loss at Glen Burnie.

Next week's games are the last two before the playoffs. The idea is to take a winning streak and positive attitude into the postseason. Annapolis by 4 over Meade.

Broadneck (11-7) at Southern (11-8), 7 p.m. Tuesday.

This game is important to both teams' playoff hopes in their respective classifications. The host Bulldogs are fighting for one of the final three spots in Class 2A Region III, while the visiting Bruins are vying for one of the final three berths in 4A Region IV.

In their Jan. 17 meeting at Broadneck, the Bruins rolled, 69-52, with Jeff Vincent pouring in 24 points. Southern's high-scoring Chatney Howard, a sophomore, was held to 13 points by the Vincent-led defense.

Last week, Vincent held South River's all-time leading scorer, Al Lee, to only six points through three periods in a 58-48 upset of the Seahawks. Look for Vincent to keep Howard from getting a bundle and to scorea bunch of his own, along with Matt Weimer, as the Bruins win going away. Broadneck by 2 over Southern.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Northeast (12-7) at Broadneck (15-3), 5.30 p.m. tomorrow.

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