Opening late, Broadneck shuts down Patterson, 68-53

December 18, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Broadneck's Ken Kazmarek began to wonder if this night would ever come.

At least two of his players are glad it did.

Playing their first game of the season, the 13th-ranked Bruins rode the splendid efforts of Jason Smith and John Williams to a 68-53 victory over Patterson last night in Cape St. Claire.

Smith, a 6-foot-2 junior guard, led all scorers with 25 points, including 17 in the second half. Williams, a 6-3 freshman guard, added 20 points, as Broadneck opened its season on a positive -- though somewhat late -- note.

"We worked very hard to get an earlier start," said Kazmarek, whose squad dropped to Class 3A this year. "I had many teams that I called turn us down. It's not necessarily because they think we're a great basketball team. We're looking for 4A opponents, and it's not easy to find one willing to play a 3A."

Smith looked a bit rusty in the first half, but after Kazmarek moved him inside to take better advantage of Patterson's zone, the points started flowing.

And the Clippers' chances of winning started to fade.

"Jason's a versatile enough athlete that we can put him inside and he can cash in," Kazmarek said. "That's the asset of having Jason. He can move around quite a bit."

Smith scored 11 of Broadneck's 12 points in the third quarter, with a free throw by Williams being the only interruption in the streak.

"The team started looking for me more and worked it around, and I just went to the open spot," he said.

Sophomore forward Keenon Jackson had 20 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks for Patterson (2-3), which began its season Dec. 6 with a 100-88 loss to Annapolis. Junior guard Colin Jones added 11 points and six rebounds.

"I thought we played excellently against a very, very high-class group of athletes," Kazmarek said. "When you're dealing with a fifth game against one game, the conditioning level can be a factor because we're just not game-hard right now. That's why I used as many people as I could to keep us fresh. But we've got to give credit to our defense.

We did a good job of containing them and maintaining the tempo of the game. Even though we pressed them quite a bit, we were conscious not to speed ourselves up with them."

Broadneck made eight of its first 14 shots from the field and led 24-16 after one quarter. The Bruins remained hot through most of the second quarter, but even a brief cooling down and some turnover problems toward the end didn't keep them from extending their lead to 37-26 at halftime.

Williams led all scorers with 12 points through the first half, and senior center Sean Ryan added nine.

If Williams was nervous in his varsity debut, it didn't show.

"I'm not surprised by his play tonight. I rather expected it, quite frankly. He's that caliber of player," Kazmarek said.

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