Smith, Broadneck beat No. 7 Annapolis, 62-58

February 11, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

So much for momentum in the Anne Arundel County boys basketball league.

Humbled by 14 points on Monday at South River, unranked Broadneck (10-7) got 24 points from sophomore guard Jason Smith and slipped by No. 7 Annapolis (11-6), 62-58, on the Panthers' home court last night.

Annapolis had buried Severna Park, 96-58, Monday after posting a 67-62 win at Meade on Friday night.

"That's the way it is in this league," said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek.

"Annapolis is just another good team among all the other good teams in this league. For us, this was eight [playoff] points we didn't bank on. You can't bank on winning at Annapolis, so the eight points are really important to us in the playoff picture."

Broadneck lost earlier to Annapolis in Cape St. Claire, 64-51, but unlike the first game, the Bruins played four solid periods last night.

In the first meeting, Broadneck hung in through three quarters and took a 44-42 lead into the last before getting outscored 22-7.

Last night, Broadneck led 36-34 at the half and 49-48 after three periods.

"Believe me, I wasn't feeling comfortable until the last two minutes [61-58 lead] about winning this game," said Kazmarek.

"But we played four good periods this time and our defense was excellent. It had to be because Annapolis is one team that can score a lot of points in a hurry."

Annapolis didn't this time because the Bruins controlled the tempo and made the big plays at the end. They also hit their foul shots (21 of 28), while the home team was only 14 of 19.

Smith scored 13 of his game-high total in the second period on a three-pointer, two field goals and 6-for-6 free-throw shooting.

Senior inside men Mike Goch (13) and Bill Kupina (12) combined for 25 points, and the 6-foot-3 Kupina had nine rebounds, four in the final period.

Goch scored six of his points in the last five minutes, two on field goals and two clutch free throws with 2:18 left. The buckets at the line gave Broadneck a 61-58 lead.

Annapolis called two timeouts in the last minute, but the Panthers appeared confused on the court.

"It was pretty simple what we wanted to do, but they didn't do it," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who watched his Panthers miss two three-pointers.

Larry Brown led the Panthers with 12 points and six rebounds.

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