Broadneck's 75-54 win clinches 2A-3A tie

February 26, 1994|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Host No. 11 Broadneck clinched a tie for the Anne Arundel County 2A-3A title with Southern-AA by downing South River, 75-54, last night.

The Bruins (16-5, 5-1 league) used a 22-11 fourth quarter to subdue the Seahawks (11-10, 2-4). The Bruins will be at home in the second round of the 3A state playoffs on Thursday.

South River -- a 53-51 loser to Broadneck on Wednesday -- will play host to Eastern Shore opponent Wicomico in the first round of the 2A playoffs Tuesday night.

Jason Smith led the way for the Bruins with 24 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had five assists. Six-4 senior forward Kalemba Kola-Peba added a strong presence inside with 18 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high six blocks. Sean Ryan, a 6-7 senior center, contributed 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.

South River was led by junior guard Corey Davis with 18 points. Russell Tongue and Andy Meyers added eight points apiece. John Henry grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go with six points.

"We did a tremendous job of rebounding both offensively and defensively. We've been working hard on being more aggressive on the boards, and tonight it showed," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "We played a tough, aggresive ballgame, and I think we can use tonight's effort as a springboard for the playoffs."

The Bruins out-rebounded their opponents, 36-25, and connected on 21 of 24 free throws (87.5 percent). The Seahawks converted just 61 percent of their free throws (11-for-18).

Smith's 10-point outburst during the final quarter helped seal the victory. With the Seahawks threatening to cut the lead down to 10 during the final two minutes, the 6-2 junior guard hit a turnaround jumper with Meyers draped on his back. He then hit (( his ninth free throw out of 11 tries to give his team a 69-54 lead. He finished 11-for-13 from the line.

"I had to slow Jason down a little tonight when he tried to do to much, but he does a whole lot more good things for us than bad. I think he's now at the point where he feels he can dominate any game," said Kazmarek.

Kola-Peba's eight points paced the hosts during the third period, as the Bruins hiked the lead back up to 10 by the end of the third quarter at 53-43. Smith added four points and two assists during the period.

"Kalemba has done an outstanding job for us all year long. He had a rough game at Southern the other night [a 59-53 loss], but he showed how he can bounce right back," said Kazmarek.

After three lead changes, Broadneck took the lead for good at 13-11 on two Smith foul shots with 3:10 left in the first quarter. Broadneck began its surge promptly after Tongue picked up his second foul.

Smith's basket three minutes before halftime gave the Bruins its largest lead of the half. Two Ryan free throws put the lead back up to 10 at 34-24 with 35 seconds left.

Seahawks reserve Douglass Cook went in for a layup on Ryan's turnover with one second left while being hacked by Smith. He converted the free throw to cut the lead to seven at the half.

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