Broadneck tries to regain winning touch

December 28, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer Staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this story.

Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek says that whenever his tea ventures into the Wes Unseld Holiday Basketball Tournament, "there's a sense of excitement."

Last year, for the first time, there was a sense of failure. The Bruins' streak of four consecutive championships was broken with a semifinal loss to Mount St. Joseph. Loyola went on to claim the title, and Broadneck -- which had beaten Hammond, 75-42, in the opening game -- gained third place with a 62-57 win over Woodlawn.

After not competing in the inaugural tournament seven years ago, the Bruins had made winning the event at Catonsville Community College their holiday tradition.

"We've always done well up there," said Kazmarek, whose team is one of many from the county keeping busy this week. "The kids feel very little pressure there, and we promote that atmosphere. We go up there and let things fall into place and hope we play well."

They will have to play well to reclaim the championship. Four of the eight teams, including Broadneck (3-0), are ranked in the top 20, and two others received votes.

The opening round begins today, with Mount St. Joseph facing No. 12 Edmondson (3-2) at 3 p.m., followed by No. 11 Woodlawn (5-0) and Randallstown at 4:45 p.m., No. 13 Broadneck and Hammond at 6:15 p.m. and No. 10 Loyola (5-3) and Forest Park at 8 p.m. The finals are scheduled for Wednesday night.

In another tournament, Annapolis (3-0) is attempting to win back the title of its tournament, the 16th annual Capital City Classic, tomorrow and Wednesday. The Panthers were champions two years ago, but lost last year's final, 86-70, to Cardozo of Washington. The Panthers won in 1988 and 1990, and Northwestern won in 1989.

Cardozo (1-2), which returns the D.C. area's leading scorer in Greg Jones (30.3 ppg), will take on Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.) at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

"Christian Brothers is very big and plays a great schedule. They were nationally ranked by USA Today last season," said Annapolis coach John Brady, whose team faces winless Bethesda-Chevy Chase at 8 p.m.

The finals are 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Northeast's two-year reign as champions of the Bob Pascal Tournament was ended by Severna Park last season. The Eagles upset previously undefeated Chesapeake, 52-50, in the semifinals, but lost to the Falcons, 86-67. The title was Severna Park's first since 1988.

This year, Chesapeake (3-1) and North County (0-6) will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow, and Northeast (2-4) and host Severna Park (3-1) begin at 8 p.m. The finals are 8 p.m. Wednesday.

South River hopes to repeat its success in the St. Mary's Tournament today and tomorrow. Last year, the Seahawks rolled to the championship by defeating the host team, 72-39, in the final. They had to avert Archbishop Spalding's upset bid in the semifinals, struggling to a 59-49 win in a game that was tied, 24-24, at halftime. The Cavaliers led, 34-33, after three quarters.

The Seahawks (3-2) begin defense of their title with a 5:30 p.m. bTC game against Spalding (3-4). St. Mary's (2-5) and Severn (10-1) ,, will meet at 7:30 p.m., with the finals taking place at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Southern received two outstanding games from Chatney Howard and Terrell Jones in winning the Southern-AA Tournament last year. Howard, a junior forward, scored 41 points in 81-78 and 63-51 wins over Frederick Douglass and Great Mills, respectively. Jones, a senior guard, had 35 points in the two games.

Great Mills will meet Wilde Lake in the semifinals at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Calvert and Southern (4-1) play at 7:30 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Meade lost to Old Mill, 64-62, in the final of its Meade Tournament -- one of four victories for the Patriots over the Mustangs last year.

The Patriots aren't among the teams in this year's event, which runs tomorrow and Wednesday. Instead, Meade (3-0) faces No. 20 Glen Burnie (4-0) at 8 p.m., after the game between No. 18 Edgewood (6-0) and Laurel at 6 p.m. The finals are at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Arundel (3-2), winner of three straight games, has switched from the Largo Tournament, where it lost twice by large margins last season, to the Northern Tournament tomorrow and Wednesday.

On the girls side, Arundel hopes to repeat as champions of the Arundel Tournament, which begins today. Last year, the Wildcats beat Westminster in the final.

Arundel (2-2) will face Meade (0-3) at 10 a.m., followed by No. 11 St. Frances (6-2) and Westminster at noon. The finals are noon tomorrow.

There are new faces at the 14th annual Noel Classic at Archbishop Spalding, which begins today and concludes Wednesday. St. Mary's defeated Broadneck, 49-42, in last year's final.

Five of the eight teams are ranked in the top 20, and two others received votes. Leading the pack is No. 1 Western (5-0), which meets Broadneck (3-0) at 6 p.m. in the first round. No. 6 Mercy (4-2) and No. 12 McDonogh (4-2) play at 4 p.m., and No. 5 St. Mary's (5-1) and Northeast (4-1) battle at 8 p.m. Bowie and No. 14 Spalding (7-2) play in separate games tomorrow, with the finals scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Another local tournament, the Capital City Classic in Annapolis, features Crossland and Glen Burnie (2-2) at 2 p.m. tomorrow, followed by Annapolis (1-2) and South River (0-5) at 4 p.m. The finals are 6 p.m. Wednesday. The host Panthers lost to Lake Clifton, 60-47, in the final last year after advancing with a 61-47 win over Glen Burnie.

The Chesapeake Tournament starts today with games between Severn (3-1) and the host Cougars (2-1) at 6 p.m., and Landsdowne and Queen Anne's at 8 p.m. The finals are 8 p.m. tomorrow.

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