Broadneck-Annapolis game will be tango of tempos

SIDELINES

January 07, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Among the top two county boys basketball games on tap tonight are No. 11 Broadneck (5-1) at No. 10 Annapolis (7-1), and charging Old Mill (4-3) at No. 17 Glen Burnie (5-1).

A pair of games matching arch-rivals?

No and yes. Annapolis doesn't consider Broadneck its arch-rival, but Glen Burnie and Old Mill are neighbors and are considered such.

"Broadneck is not our arch-rival. Our real rivals are Meade and Southern," said Annapolis coach John Brady. "Our kids don't enjoy playing Broadneck. It's like trying to get a dead man to dance."

Brady's reference was to the distinctly contrasting styles of the two teams. His run-and-gun Panthers are averaging 94.5 points, hitting 100 points four times in outscoring their opponents, 756-614.

The methodical half-court Bruins of coach Ken Kazmarek are averaging only 58.3 points while yielding 53.2 points. Broadneck has outscored its foes, 350-319.

Class 4A Annapolis gives up more points (76.7) than 3A Broadneckscores. The Bruins hope to make it a 42-foot game and foul-shooting contest, while the Panthers hope to turn on the juice and make it 84 feet for 32 minutes.

Broadneck succeeded in making it a half-court game both times last year as the two teams split. Annapolis took the first one, 64-51, Broadneck the second game, 62-58. They're only playing once this season because Annapolis refused to schedule Broadneck a second game when the Bruins dropped the Panthers from their football schedule.

There is no question that the way this game is called by the referees will determine if it stays half-court or goes full blast.

Lenny Barber, a 6-foot-7 Annapolis junior, will start things off tonight at 7:30 by singing the national anthem. The guy is good, so be on time.

At Glen Burnie, two more outstanding teams meet in a game that matches two of the top sophomores in the metro area in the Gophers' Desmond Dailey and Old Mill's Anthony Graves.

The host Gophers are coming off the Meade Holiday Tournament title and a 66-47 romp Wednesday at No. 19 Dundalk, but they are meeting an Old Mill team that is getting it together.

Old Mill knocked off No. 14 Arundel, 71-69, to take the Northern Tournament in Calvert County and then rolled to a 77-58 win over North County (4-4) on Tuesday. The visiting Patriots of coach Paul Bunting have won three in a row.

Arundel High veteran assistant wrestling coach Jeff Amdur does the Star Spangled Banner for the Wildcats. Add Amdur to the growing list of outstanding anthem singers around the county. Amdur doubles up on the clock and PA announcing at Arundel and does a great job.

Osborne visits Severna Park

Coach Tom Osborne of the Nebraska Cornhuskers made a first-time appearance to Anne Arundel County when he visited Severna Park High on Wednesday and had lunch with All-Metro and All-State defensive lineman Ronnie Green.

Former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer is believed to be the only other coach of a Big Eight power to visit this area. Switzer was here in January 1981 to get an oral commitment from Annapolis running back Donald "Turkey" Brown.

Severna Park coach Andy Borland also has gotten phone calls from Notre Dame's Lou Holtz on Green, who has yet to commit. According to close friends, Green is leaning toward Tennessee.

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