The last time the Broadneck had lost three in a row was during coach Ken Kazmarek's first season (13-11) in 1984-85. That was until this season, but that is history as well.
The Bruins (5-3) dominated Severna Park (4-4) from start to finish last night, 66-40, in Anne Arundel County Class 4A action.
Broadneck came into Severna Park with three straight losses, including a 66-53 loss to fourth-ranked Annapolis on Tuesday. The 14th-ranked Bruins lost all three games to ranked teams.
"But we had an incredible practice Wednesday after the Annapolis and I knew coming into this one [Severna Park] we would play well," said Kazmarek.
"For the first time this season, we played four strong quarters and we were well-balanced."
Sophomore point guard Jason Smith had his usual fine game with 22 points, three rebounds and three steals, but got some help last night, something that didn't happen against Annapolis.
The Bruins' inside men, 6-foot-4 senior Mike Goch and 6-6 junior Sean Ryan, sparkled leading a rebound advantage of 35-29. Goch scored 20 and grabbed six rebounds, and Ryan had 10 points, including a three-pointer in the first half, and had 10 rebounds, topped only by Severna Park's Ron Green, who had 13.
"I realize we can't always focus on just Jason because sooner or later somebody will take him away," said Kazmarek. "Jason got his tonight and his shot selection was outstanding while the Sean [Ryan] and Mike [Goch] played very well."
The Bruins took a 14-8 lead at the end of the first period, but by halftime the margin had doubled to 40-24. Broadneck had a 19-point lead on three different occasions in the second period against the cold-shooting Falcons (8-for-34 in first half and 13-for-70 total).
Broadneck only scored 10 points in the third period, but came out with a three-guard offense of Smith, Jaylonnie Booth (four points) and Eric Elston (nine points, three steals) to push the lead to 20 points.