Holidays over, real work begins Northeast, Meade had plenty to cheer

January 05, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

With the holiday tournaments out of the way, it's back to work for the county basketball teams.

Holiday tournaments don't count toward the state playoffs. Northeast (4-4) and Meade (6-0) wish they did, while Annapolis (4-1), Broadneck (4-2), Glen Burnie (5-1) and Southern (4-3) are glad they don't. The first two won their respective tournaments while the latter four got knocked off.

"One of the first things the kids asked was, 'how many points did we earn?' "? Northeast boys coach Johnny Barbour said.

"And I had to give them the bad news, that we don't get any for winning a Christmas tournament."

Class 2A Northeast was the surprise winner of the Bob Pascal Tournament at Severna Park last week, but it has a tough road TC ahead.

Northeast starts the New Year tonight at home against unbeaten, 19th-ranked Meade and travels to another 4A contender in Glen Burnie Friday night.

Defending 4A, Region IV champion Old Mill (1-2) follows on Jan. 12 and then the Eagles visit 4A powers Broadneck and Annapolis before getting Severna Park (4-2) again and Chesapeake (4-2) at the end of the month. Northeast knocked off those two 4A schools in the Pascal Tournament.

"Oh, it's going to be tough, but we have to look at it positively as a challenge and a chance to play against good teams," said Barbour.

"We earned a little respect winning the tournament and the kids are playing with a lot of confidence now. If we do what we are supposed to do, we have a shot to win."

Barbour's relatively inexperienced Eagles did precisely what they were supposed to do in the Pascal Tournament.

Senior point guard Ed Nalley's shot with only nine seconds remaining beat Severna Park, 62-61. In the 44-36 title win over Chesapeake, Nalley scored a game-high 24.

In winning their 8th Pascal crown in the 16 years of the event, the Eagles overcame an 11-point deficit in the first half and took the lead, 18-15, at intermission. Northeast outscored the Cougars, 26-21, in the second half for the eight-point margin of victory.

"It was a real yawner from our point of view," said Chesapeake coach Tom Kraning, whose team blew out North County (0-8) in the first game, 68-43, and was the pre-tourney favorite.

"It was a total game of errors [25 turnovers] and we were 0-for-18 from the three-point line. Maybe we should have given the people their money back."

In contrast, Northeast hit seven, three-pointers, four by Nalley, two by 6-1 senior guard Rich Heffner and the other by 5-foot-10 junior guard Mike Eaton.

Barbour says he got a lot out of his bench in the Pascal Tournament and that's something he will have to have in the stretch coming up.

Meade, the Eagles' opponent tonight, survived the holidays as the county's only unscathed 4A school. Coach Butch Young's Mustangs won their own holiday event, beating Laurel, 64-60, and Glen Burnie, 66-60.

Annapolis and Broadneck, two ranked teams that meet tonight in Cape St. Claire at 7 p.m., joined Glen Burnie in falling from the unbeaten ranks.

No. 4 Annapolis was wiped out in its own Cap City final by Christian Brothers Academy (5-0) of New Jersey, 83-47, while No. 14 Broadneck dropped its last two in the Wes Unseld Tournament at Catonsville Community College.

Broadneck started the tournament with a 60-56 victory over Hammond (2-4) of Howard County but lost to unbeaten Woodlawn, 55-49 and to Loyola, 52-45.

Despite the 15-2 Annapolis advantage since the two teams starting playing in the 1982-83 season, it has been a competitive rivalry that draws a lot of interest.

No tickets will be sold at the door tonight at Broadneck. Tickets are being sold only during school hours at the respective schools.

Two other interesting games tonight find Class 2A Southern hosting Glen Burnie and Old Mill visiting 3A South River.

In a rarity, Southern lost both games in its own Christmas tournament, 78-65 to Calvert and 78-60 to Great Mills.

Glen Burnie will come into Southern having bounced back from its Meade tournament loss to knock off Edgewood of Harford County, 65-50.

While South River was embarrassed by Severn (12-1) in the St. Mary's final, 45-41, Old Mill did not play during the holidays.

Old Mill has not played since winning its first game on Dec. 18 over Frederick, 67-42.

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