Woodlawn again beats Broadneck in semifinals Wes Unseld Tournament

December 30, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Broadneck was eliminated by Woodlawn, 55-49, yesterday in the semifinal round for the second consecutive year in the Wes Unseld Holiday Basketball Tournament at Catonsville Community College.

Jason Smith led 13th-ranked Broadneck (4-1) with 23 points. The sophomore guard also pulled down five rebounds. Sean Ryan added 10 points.

"I thought Jason did a great job during the last three quarters," Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek said. "He just has to get used to the fact that good teams like Woodlawn are going to key on him the way they did tonight.

"He still scored 23 points, and I think that shows what kind of player he is."

In a game full of streaks, the 10th-ranked Warriors (6-1) kept a 6- to 12-point lead for the bulk of the fourth quarter.

Woodlawn came firing out of the gate, as it opened a 17-point lead at 25-8 with 5:05 remaining in the second quarter on a follow-up by Hafiz Grier.

The Bruins then shut down the Warriors' offense by playing a sag

ging 2-3 zone for the remainder of the half, outscoring it 11-0. Ryan opened and closed the run, hitting a three-pointer at the four-minute mark and making a layup off a pass from Bill Kupina (six points, team-high 10 rebounds) with time running off the clock.

"I think we had to go to the zone to make them shoot from the outside. But the problem with the zone is that you don't rebound as well, especially against an athletic team that crashes the boards as hard as Woodlawn," said Kazmarek.

Woodlawn benefited from a 10-2 run in the first four minutes of the third period, as Donte Dudley (team-high 17 points) hit for five points in the span. A follow by Guy Butler gave the Warriors its second 17-point lead of the evening at 40-23 with 2:31 left in the quarter. Broadneck then went on a 11-2 tear to close out the quarter, with Smith accounting for six of those points.

"I'm glad we got a chance to play a team like Woodlawn. I think we came out a better team because of it," said Kazmarek.

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