Broadneck holds off Southern Boys basketball

January 20, 1993|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

No matter how good the opposition may be, a ranked boys basketball team traveling to Southern of Harwood's tiny gymnasium is guaranteed a night of excitement.

Such was the case last night, as 14th-ranked Broadneck (8-3) escaped with a 52-51 win.

Broadneck's Eric Silk hit the front end of a one-and-one with four Boys basketball

seconds remaining. The senior reserve guard missed his initial attempt but was fouled by Jamar Mullen as he attempted to box Silk out of the foul lane.

"Eric has been dreaming about a night like this, and it finally came true," said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek. "That was just a clutch free throw. Any time you beat Southern at Southern, you've really done something."

Silk's free throw subdued a furious comeback by the Bulldogs (7-5), who rallied from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to take a 51-49 lead on an 18-foot jumper from Terrell Jones (nine points) with 52 seconds left.

After a Broadneck miss, Southern's 6-foot-3 junior forward Chatney Howard (26 points) grabbed his 17th rebound, but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

On the ensuing possession, Jason Smith attempted a three-pointer with 14 seconds left -- and was fouled by Mullen.

Smith missed the first free throw, then made the last two to tie the game. Howard took the inbounds and streaked down the right side, but his hanging baseline jumper in traffic fell short. Silk was fouled while going for the rebound, which set up his winning foul shot.

Howard almost single-handedly took the Bulldogs to victory, scoring 10 straight points during the last period on an array of twisting jumpers and layups. His ferocious two-handed jam after a steal with 4:33 left nearly brought down the house.

"We knew they would make a run at us, and when Chatney started getting hot, they really got things going. We're just lucky to get out of here

with a win," said Kazmarek.

Broadneck took its largest lead of the half on a layup by Mike Goch at 28-18. Howard and Silk traded baskets, as the Bruins went into the locker room with a 30-20 lead.

Smith (24 points) paced the winners with 10 second-quarter points.

Goch had 16 points and five rebounds for Broadneck. Bill Kupina had 11 rebounds.

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