Second-half surge lifts Glen Burnie, 55-54

March 04, 1994|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Special to The Sun

Senior forward Andre Bryan made a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to lift No. 2 seed Glen Burnie past visiting No. 3 seed Calvert, 55-54, in a semifinal of the Class 4A, East Region of the boys' state tournament last night.

It was Bryan who made the crucial free throws, but it was the play of senior guard William "Peanut" Brown that provided the Gophers with a chance at victory.

Brown, who led all scorers with 19 points, scored 17 of them in the second half -- including five three-pointers.

"Brown carried us in the second half," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle. "We got in a hole, but the kids battled back."

After trailing for most of the game the No. 10-ranked Gophers (19-4) clawed their way out of trouble by outscoring the visiting Cavaliers 8-3 in the closing minutes to advance to the region final for the first time since 1982.

Glen Burnie will face No. 3 Annapolis tomorrow for the region championship.

Calvert (19-4) led 34-28 at halftime, before Brown led the Gophersback in the third quarter, tying the game 44-44 with his fourth three-pointer of that quarter with nine seconds left.

Then the Cavaliers scored the first four points of the fourth quarter and the Gophers could never get ahead until Brown scored on an eight-foot runner in the lane with 39 seconds to play.

Calvert regained the lead on a follow shot by Demetrius Henson with 25 seconds left, before Bryan was fouled on an inbounds play with six seconds to go.

Bogle had set up the play that brought the key foul shots. "It had been there all night," he said. "It's a play we call screen the screener.

"We knew Calvert had a nice ball club, but we were giving them easy baskets in the first half and we weren't shooting at all [the Gophers shot 33 percent in the first half]," Bogle added. "Then our defense picked it up and Brown made some real big shots."

A three-pointer by Shawn Mahaney brought the Gophers within 34-28 at intermission. But 10-for-30 shooting by the home team in the first half had dug a significant hole and only the shooting heroics of Brown could extricate them.

"We're happy to come out of here by the skin of our teeth," said Bogle. "But we know we'll have to play better on Saturday."

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