Arundel edges Broadneck, 52-50

February 05, 1994|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Bakari Ward's steal and reverse layup with 12 seconds remaining in overtime enabled No. 17 Arundel to nip No. 10

Broadneck, 52-50, in a nonleague Anne Arundel County game last night.

Ward stripped the Bruins' Sean Ryan in the backcourt as he attempted to bring the ball up on a full-court man-to-man press. The 5-foot-10 guard originally matched up with Broadneck point guard Jason Smith, but when the ball was inbounded, Ward switched with teammate Kevin Higgins and guarded the 6-7 forward.

Ward took advantage of the mismatch by ducking in and poking the ball away from Ryan's left hand. He then blew by his man, collected the loose ball, and used the rim to shield Ryan as he scooped in a left-handed layup for his 12th and 13 points. Renaldo Walker had a chance to send the game in overtime, but his 15-foot jumper from the left side hit the rim twice before bouncing out at the buzzer.

"Bakari really needed this. He's had some tough games this past week," said Wildcats coach Gerald Moore. "We made the [defensive] switch so we could take advantage of his quickness and long arms. He had been struggling lately, but he came through when we needed him."

Arundel (10-6) had a chance to salt the game away in regulation, but Jeff Hedrick stepped on the free-throw line while sinking his first attempt -- giving Broadneck (11-3) the ball with 23 seconds left.

Freshman John Williams banked in a layup off of a pass from Ryan, (team-high 21 points, eight rebounds) with 12 seconds left to tie the game at 50. Following a Wildcats timeout, Sean Soyars' three-point attempt sailed long as the buzzer went off.

Sophomore forward Andy Vermillion (five points) came off the bench to give the hosts a lift during the game's latter stages. His layup off of the overtime jump ball gave Arundel a 49-47 lead. Fifteen seconds later, he grabbed a key rebound, and with 1:19 left in overtime, he hit one out of two free throws to give his team a 50-47 lead.

Smith (17 points, nine rebounds) nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 46 seconds left in overtime to set up Ward's heroics.

"You have to give them credit, they played a tough ballgame. And you have to give Bakari credit. He made a crucial play when it counted most," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.

Soyars finished with game highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds while dishing out four assists. Higgins chipped in eight points and eight rebounds for the winners, while Hedrick contributed eight rebounds and five assists to go with two points.

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