Ryan and Bruins bounce back, top Southern, 59-52

February 01, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Sean Ryan hit both ends of a one-and-one with 24 seconds left to ice a much-needed 59-52 victory for No. 10 Broadneck (11-2) over No. 7 Southern (8-3) in Cape St. Claire last night.

Broadneck was coming off a 59-45 loss at No. 12 Glen Burnie on Saturday night and last night was the team's fourth game (3-1) in six days. The win gave Class 3A Broadneck (2-0 league) sole possession of first place in the county 2A-3A League over 2A Southern (1-1).

Junior Jason Smith complemented great all-around games by Ryan and Kalemba Kola-Peba with a game-high 21 points that featured five three-pointers -- one in every period. The Bruins had eight three-pointers in all.

The final margin of victory proved to be the largest of the night as neither team could put together a big run. No more than four points separated the teams most of the way.

Ryan's free throws gave the Bruins a 58-52 lead and capped a superb all-around game by the 6-foot-7 senior. The versatile Ryan scored eight points, including a pair of threes, grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and had five assists.

"It was a great win for us after losing the way we did Saturday [shooting 18 for 57 from the floor] at Glen Burnie, and Sean was our main trigger man tonight," said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek, whose team improved to 43 percent (21-for-49) from the floor.

Ryan got into foul trouble in the second half at Glen Burnie and his leadership was missed. He is the quarterback on the football team, ace pitcher on the baseball team and in basketball "the glue that keeps us together," said Kazmarek.

Smith and Ryan are the two seniors Kazmarek counts on the most to lead a team that features three other players starting for the first time.

Kola-Peba chipped in with 17 points, seven boards and a blocked shot. Three of his baskets came on passes from Ryan.

Freshman John Williams and junior Eric Elston had only five points between them but sparkled defensively and sophomore Renaldo Walker scored eight points and pulled down six boards.

"Kalemba played great and was physical under there, and Williams and Eric [Elston] did a great job guarding Howard," said Kazmarek, referring to Southern's Chatney Howard.

Howard came into the game as the county's leading scorer and was held 10 points below his average of 28.0 a game. He had 13 of his 18 points in the first half, and Williams held him scoreless in the third period.

"John is only a freshman, but he is one of our key defensive stoppers and showed it tonight," said Kazmarek.

Southern coach Tom Albright wasn't thrilled with his team's performance, saying, "not to take anything away from Broadneck, but we didn't come to play defensively and didn't make adjustments when we needed to."

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