No. 14 Broadneck rolls over Northeast, 63-46

January 16, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Two teams headed in opposite directions met last night in Cape St. Claire, and No. 14 Broadneck (7-3) routed Northeast, 63-46, in county boys basketball.

It was the third straight win for the Bruins after the holiday break and second in a row at home. Broadneck beat Severna Park, 66-40, last Friday, and took two at home this week with Chesapeake the first victim on Tuesday, 56-50.

"Coming off our loss to Annapolis (64-53), those were games we had to win and we've played well," said winning coach Ken Kazmarek.

For the losing Class 2A Eagles (4-8) it was their third loss in a row, all to Class 4A schools and all by 17 points or more.

Northeast did not play badly despite the final 17-point deficit. The Eagles stayed with the Bruins in the first half after falling behind 13-2 with 3:20 to go in the first period.

By the end of the initial period, the Eagles trailed by only 16-12 and didn't let Broadneck pull farther away until the final four minutes of the half.

Sophomore point guard Jason Smith and 6-foot-3 senior forward Bill Kupina, each of whom tied for game-high honors with 18 points each, combined for the final seven points of the half. Broadneck led 29-20 at the half.

Broadneck pushed hard in the third period to take command and started the final period with a 15-point lead at 44-31.

Northeast hit only eight of 27 shots in the first half and 18 of 55 for the game.

In contrast, the Bruins went 9-for-19 in the first half from the field and 25 of 45 for the game with Kupina (five rebounds) having his biggest game of the season.

Sean Ryan, a 6-5 senior forward, was the third Bruin in double digits with 11 points and 6-4 senior Mike Goch chipped in with seven points.

Defensively, the Bruins made the Eagles earn their shots by switching off and helping Jason Smith (six rebounds), often setting up a double team.

"We didn't want [leading scorer, senior guard Ed] Nalley to get any easy shots and did a pretty good job of that," said Kazmarek adding, "but he's a good player and still got 17."

Paul Thompson, a 6-3 senior, scored nine points and pulled down seven boards for the Eagles, but didn't get enough help inside as the losers were out-rebounded 26-17.

"We're struggling but these kids are working hard and that's all I can ask for," said Barbour. "Besides we've got Annapolis [fourth ranked] to look forward to on Tuesday."

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