Meade holds off Broadneck, 66-62 Class 4A, Region IV

March 04, 1993|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

To say free throws played a big part in last night's Class 4A, Region IV semifinal would be an understatement.

Top-seeded Meade -- which hit only four of 13 free throws during the first three quarters -- would go on to hit 16 of its final 21 foul-shot attempts -- putting the Mustangs into tomorrow night's final with a hard-fought 66-62 conquest of a hard-charging Broadneck squad.

"In the beginning of the game, everybody was excited, and we rushed our foul shots, but in the second half, everybody calmed down and we started hitting them," said Meade point guard Derek Barrett, who finished with a game-high 23 points.

The 19-4 Mustangs' inability to hit at the line, coupled with a 19-for-24 performance from the fifth-seeded Bruins (15-9) helped keep the game full of suspense.

Swarming defense, along with steady ball-handling from Barrett, Tommy Stevens (nine points) and Danny Sancomb (19 points, five steals and four assists) helped Meade go on a 10-0 run during a two-minute stretch during the middle of the third period.

The insertion of Tyrone "Sticks" Jones into the lineup with 4:08 in the quarter also gave the host a needed boost. In a little more than a quarter of playing time, the 5-11 senior forward (15 points and nine rebounds per game during the regular season) made two tough inside baskets. He also had five rebounds while playing on a gimpy ankle that kept him out of last Thursday's regular-season finale against Glen Burnie.

"I think he [Jones] gave us an emotional lift, but it was a total team effort that did it for us tonight," said winning coach Butch Young.

During the pivotal run, Barrett made three layups, and Sancomb and Jones hit a basket each, giving the Mustangs a 43-36 lead. Two Barrett free throws gave Meade its largest lead of the game at 64-56 with 19 seconds left in regulation, but two three-pointers by Smith cut the lead to 66-62.

A tight first half yielded seven ties and six lead changes, as the host held a 30-28 halftime lead. Broadneck took its first lead of the game, 15-14, 2:23 into the second quarter on a double-pump layup by Jason Smith (18 points, only four in the first half). The high-scoring sophomore guard was held to just four first-half points by Stevens, Barrett and junior Dennis Jenks.

Sancomb's three-pointer with 34 seconds left before halftime gave Meade its biggest lead of the half at 30-26. Bill Kupina (12 points, six rebounds) followed up a missed layup to cut the lead back to two with three seconds remaining.

Mike Goch led the Bruins with 19 points and had six rebounds.

"When you lose by four or five points and turn the ball over 18 or 19 times, that's the difference between winning and losing. They didn't allow us to do the things that we wanted to do. They played very good, physical defense on us," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.

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