No. 10 Bulldogs spill 11th-ranked Bruins

February 23, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

You don't keep great players such as Chatney Howard down for long. It's usually a matter of time, and time was on Southern's side in the final period last night.

After scoring just five points in the first half (all in the second period), Howard came back with 15 in the second half, including nine in the final period, as Southern avenged an earlier loss to Broadneck with a 59-53 victory in Harwood.

No. 10 Southern (14-4) had to overcome 31 points and five steals by junior Jason Smith of No. 11 Broadneck (14-5) to pull it off.

The victory left the two teams in a virtual tie for first place in the Anne Arundel County Class 2A-3A League. Southern is 4-1 with one game left (0-3 Northeast at home Friday) and Broadneck is 3-1 with a home-and-home series with South River (1-2) tonight ++ and Friday.

Howard, the county and metro area's leading scorer entering the game with an average of 28.3 points per game, had averaged 32.3 points in his last three games.

It took the 6-foot-3 senior awhile to get going, but when he did, it was show time in the waning moments. Howard also had 10 rebounds, five assists and five steals.

His 20 points, which included three slams (one a reverse dunk), gave him 1,499 in his three-year career, second on Southern's all-time list behind Vince Barnett, who had 1,823 points (1988-1991). Barnett is Anne Arundel County's all-time leader and Howard's next basket will make him only the second in county history to hit 1,500.

It was a two-point game with 1:42 left, but the Bruins sank five straightfree throws with Smith putting in two of them.

Smith was a Southern nemesis, and freshman Johnny Williams turned in a spectacular job stalking Howard and denying him the ball.

Smith had 16 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. The Bruins' all-time leading scorer (1,087 through last night) had four field goals in the first period to keep his team only four points back at 17-13.

In the second period, Smith hit two three-pointers from the corner as Broadneck took a 29-24 lead with about a minute left.

A three-point play by Howard and a buzzer-beater by Corey Contee (12 points, two steals, three assists) sent the two teams to the break tied at 29.

Williams got his fourth foul early in the third period and coach Ken Kazmarek replaced him with Eric Elston, who limited Howard to six points in the quarter. Southern took a 43-41 lead into the final period.

"Johnny [Williams] and Eric both did a great job on Howard," said Kazmarek.

"But you know great players like that will get theirs, and when he started scoring, we couldn't get the ball inside and our offensive sputtered in the second half."

The Bulldogs got big games out of Contee, and their two big men, Eddie Paddy (13 points, seven rebounds) and Ryan Petska (four points, eight rebounds). The two 6-foot-4 inside players enabled Southern to hold a 28-24 rebounding edge.

"Eddie and Ryan did a great job on the boards and our defense was much better than the first time we played them up there," said Southern coach Tom Albright.

That was especially true in the final four minutes as Smith scored the final seven points for Broadneck, finishing as the only Bruin in double figures.

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