Meade saves best for last, beats Broadneck, 64-61 Boys basketball

January 23, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Meade basketball coach Butch Young returned to the bench last night after missing the previous three games because of illness.

His team's performance at Broadneck didn't do much for his nerves, but the ending was worth the aggravation.

No. 18 Meade trailed for most of the second half before rallying behind center Andre McNeil to defeat the 14th-ranked Bruins, 64-61, in Cape St. Claire.

McNeil scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, including a layup off a pass from Derek Barrett in the last 20 seconds that accounted for the final margin.

The score was tied three times in the last four minutes. Meade (11-1) took its final lead, 60-58, on a Danny Sancomb drive, and the Mustangs survived three free throws from Broadneck's Jason Smith (27 points) and a last-second three-point attempt from Bill Kupina (18) to win their third straight.

"We had a tough time getting going," said Young, whose team shot 29-for-56 from the field. "We didn't react real well until the last quarter."

McNeil had the best reaction.

"When they went to a 1-2-2 (zone defense), it was wide open in the middle. And that's when he started going to work," Young said.

Broadneck (8-4) led after each of the first three quarters, and poor free-throw shooting from the Mustangs nearly allowed the Bruins to stay in front.

Meade went 3-for-11 from the line, and Young said, "I was beginning to wonder if free throws were going to do us in."

After Sancomb's basket gave Meade the advantage, the Bruins missed the front end of a one-and-one and committed a turnover on their next two possessions.

The Mustangs' Hasaan Hamilton followed his own miss to

extend the lead to 62-58, but McNeil fouled Smith as he attempted a three-pointer with 25 seconds left, and the sophomore guard converted all three free throws.

Broadneck had a chance to tie the game after McNeil's last basket, but Sancomb's tight man-to-man defense on Smith thwarted the Bruins' first option. Smith had to pass to Kupina, whose shot fell short.

Forward Tyrone Jones led Meade with 20 points, and Barrett added 15. Both players had three fouls at halftime, but never picked up their fourth.

The Bruins had a four-game winning streak ended, despite going 23-for-43 from the field.

OC The lead changed hands eight times in the first half. Broadneck

went ahead 23-16 on a Mike Goch basket inside with five minutes left in the second quarter, but Meade came back with a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Jones.

There were three more ties before Smith made a free throw with two seconds left to give the Bruins a 30-29 lead.

Broadneck had leads of eight and seven points in the third quarter, but couldn't put the Mustangs away.

Barrett's baseline drive moved the Mustangs in front, 58-56, with 2:38 left in the game, but Smith scored on a back-door pass from Kupina to pull his team even. Meade then scored six of the next nine points to take the victory.

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