Brunswick puts up brave front, but Poets roll, 84-42 Class 1A, Region II

March 04, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

Their town is located on the tip of the Potomac River, about 15 miles southwest Frederick. The West Virginia state line is about 20 minutes to the west. The town's population is approximately 2,500.

The Brunswick Railroaders' most noted games during a season are usually with Middletown. But last night the Railroaders assumed the role of David, facing No. 1 Dunbar's Goliath.

Goliath won.

The Poets, seeded No. 1 in the Class 1A, Region II, had no problem with Brunswick, 84-42, to advance to tomorrow night's regional final against No. 13 Milford Mill, the region's No. 2 seed. The Millers defeated Wilde Lake, 79-74, in another regional semifinal last night.

Keith Booth led the Poets (17-4) with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. Norman Nolan added 14 and had 10 rebounds and Rodney Elliott had 12. Chad Sowers led Brunswick (16-8) with 15 points.

For the Railroaders, who traveled more than 90 miles and attracted over 60 supporters along with the school's cheerleaders for last night's contest, it was a rare opportunity to play one of the country's top teams.

"Some of our kids were apprehensive," said Brunswick coach Jim Sklencar. "I think some of our kids were looking forward to it. We're probably a decent 1A team, but Dunbar is too good. They are a hell of a 4A team."

Sklencar said his team has played before large crowds. But his team has never had to play in a gym with four national championship banners hanging.

Even though it never led, Brunswick, which reached the state semifinals two seasons ago, didn't play badly, but the Poets were simply too strong and athletic.

The Poets led 16-9 after the opening period, then scored the first 10 of the second quarter, extending their lead to 26-9 with 5:35 remaining. Dunbar extended its margin to 38-16 at halftime with little effort. The Poets doubled their lead to 56-28 after three quarters, then cruised.

"I'm pleased with our performance," said Dunbar coach Pete Pompey. "We played real defensively and got after some people. It was our intentions to keep the pressure on them as much as possible because we didn't really know that much about them."

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