Smith's overtime basket lifts Broadneck over Arundel, 68-65

December 21, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Give a talent like Jason Smith (20 points) a second chance and he will get you every time. The Broadneck junior made the only field goal in overtime as the 12th-ranked Bruins (2-0) outlasted No. 14 Arundel, 68-65, at Broadneck last night.

Smith, who left the game with four fouls and 2:35 remaining in the third period and didn't return until 3:25 left in the game, got trapped at midcourt in the final 10 seconds of regulation. Arundel's Jeff Hedrick stole the ball, but couldn't get full control and never got off a shot, sending the game into overtime.

"They double-teamed me and made a good play to keep us from getting down there," said Smith, who took an inbounds pass after a Bruins timeout and strategy session.

Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek set up a play that never materialized, but Smith wasted little time in the extra session to score the game-winning bucket. The Bruins controlled the tip, got the ball to Smith, and with only 22 seconds gone, he gave Broadneck the lead for good.

Eric Elston later made the front end of a one-and-one with 11 seconds left to give Broadneck the final margin of victory. The Bruins slowed things down to a walk after Smith's field goal.

Hedrick grabbed the rebound off Elston's miss on the second shot, but Sean Soyars, who had a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, missed a desperation shot at the other end.

Soyars hit two of three three-pointers by the Wildcats in the final three minutes.

The second three-pointer by Soyars came with 34 seconds left to tie the game at 65. Bakari Ward (nine points) sandwiched a layup and three-pointer between Soyars' three-pointers in the fourth period as the Wildcats came from 10 back (57-47) in the final moments.

Arundel was atrocious from the field until the last period. The Wildcats hit only 11 of 48 (23 percent) through three periods, but then hit five of their last eight shots in regulation, three of them three-pointers.

Meanwhile, Broadneck made 26 of 46 attempts for the game for 57 percent.

Sean Ryan, a 6-foot-6 senior, scored 18 points for the Bruins, 12 coming on three-pointers, but the home team never got up by more than 12 points (57-45 with 1:05 left in third period).

What kept the Wildcats in the game was their foul shooting, where they made 21 of 24 as compared to 10 of 14 by the home team.

Arundel was the last unbeaten Class 4A team in the county, leaving only Class 3A Broadneck and 2A South River (3-0) as the county's only undefeated teams. South River plays host to North County (1-2) at 7 tonight.

"Arundel has a great team, one of the finest 4A teams in the county and we tried to limit their possessions, but they had a real run at the end," said Kazmarek, whose team has won three of the last four against the Wildcats including one in the playoffs last year.

Broadneck freshman Johnny Williams (eight points) left the game late in the final period after a collision in which he chipped a tooth.

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