Glen Burnie edges Broadneck No. 19 Gophers get 68-64 OT win

January 28, 1993|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Glen Burnie's boys basketball team might not have had as good a night from the foul line as Broadneck did, but the Gophers converted free throws when it was absolutely necessary.

Vernon Osborne's front-end conversion of a one-and-one with five seconds left in regulation sent his team into overtime, where the Gophers outscored the 16th-ranked Bruins 12-8, earning No. 19 Glen Burnie a 68-64 Anne Arundel County triumph.

The Gophers shot just 55 percent (11-for-20) from the foul line in the game overall.

Osborne, a 6-foot-2 senior forward who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, was fouled by Bill Kupina while attempting a reverse layup. Osborne swished his first attempt but the second hit the back of the rim, missed and was rebounded by Eric Silk.

Silk hit Jason Smith (27 points, 12 rebounds, both game highs) with an outlet pass, but the sophomore guard failed to get off a shot before regulation time expired.

"Vernon is still coming along. He's still doing a little too much thinking instead of playing instinctively," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle, whose team improved to 11-2. "But he's still our go-to guy in the clutch. And he helped us get into overtime."

Broadneck (8-5) took a short-lived 58-56 lead with 2:38 left in overtime on two free throws from Smith, who was 12-for-12 from the line. William Brown (11 points) and Shawn Mahaney (eight points) then hit four foul shots in a row to put the visitors up by three.

Smith's rebound bucket with 57 seconds brought the Bruins back within one, 63-62, but a 15-foot jumper by Jamal Forbes and two foul shots by Bill Dykhuis gave the Gophers a 67-62 lead with 18 seconds remaining in overtime.

Dykhuis, a 6-foot-7 center, paced the winners with 16 points and grabbed five rebounds. Forbes, a 6-6 forward, scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.

"I'm very pleased to get out of here with a victory. This is a very tough place to play," said Bogle. "Broadneck is a scrappy, well-coached bunch -- you can never count them out.

"I have to give a lot of credit to my 'red unit' [substitutes Rocky Newton, Andre Bryant, Jeff Dickerson, Donnie Thomas and Courtney Eldridge]. They kept us even whenever I put them in, and it kept our first stringers' legs fresh."

Both teams suffered from cold shooting in the first half, as Smith (second in the county with a 22.0-point average) was held scoreless until he drove the baseline en route to a three-point play with 4:42 left in the half. The Gophers took a 4-0 lead 2 1/2 minutes into the game on two baskets by Dykhuis.

"We came out [during the first half] without any patience," said Bogle. "We were launching up the first available shot. But at halftime, we talked about playing with some discipline, and we started playing a lot better during the second half."

The Bruins took their first lead of the game on Smith's first bucket, then kept a slim lead for the bulk of the half.

Brown's first of three three-point bombs gave Glen Burnie a 20-19 lead with 40 seconds left in the half, but Sean Ryan (15 points) countered with a three-pointer to give the hosts a 22-20 lead at halftime.

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