Annapolis, Broadneck regional losses come as shock to faithful


March 09, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

Which was the more shocking loss to local high school boys basketball fans, the Annapolis loss by 89-80 to Glen Burnie in the 4A East Region final or the Broadneck defeat at the buzzer in the 3A East semis to Douglass of Baltimore?

Annapolis (21-3) had blown out Glen Burnie, 97-62, at home a couple weeks before the 4A East final and not many other than the Glen Burnie faithful gave the Gophers (20-4) a shot, especially with the game at Annapolis again.

Broadneck (16-6) was top seed and the clear-cut favorite to win the 3A East and a trip to Cole Field House, but fifth-seeded Douglass (12-9) won on a three-pointer at the buzzer, 64-61. The Ducks ended up winning the region and making the final four at College Park.

Southern of Harwood (17-5) was a contender in the 2A East Region, but Dunbar of Baltimore won the region.

Some thought the Bulldogs could give the second-ranked Poets (21-3) a run in an expected region final, but Southern never got there after being stunned, 78-70, in overtime by Cambridge-South Dorchester (21-2).

Aren't Chatney Howard of Southern and Broadneck's Jason Smith examples that it takes more than one great player to win championships?

For the last three years, Howard and Smith have been two of the best, if not the best, players in Anne Arundel County, yet neither has been able to lead his team to Cole Field House at the University of Maryland, site of the final four.

Simply put, as great a high school player as each is, it takes a team, not one individual, to win.

While it is the first trip to Cole Field House for Glen Burnie 26-year head coach Terry Bogle, did you know that Glen Burnie was there one other time in 1961 under coach Dick Garet?

Didn't Bogle and his seven-year assistant and former player Mike Rudd do a great job in preparing and convincing their players they could win at Annapolis despite the previous 35-point loss?

How shocked do you think Springbrook coach and Crofton resident Bob Cilento was when he found out Saturday night that Glen Burnie had upset Annapolis?

Scouting the Glen Burnie at Annapolis 97-62 game, Cilento asked, "How did Glen Burnie beat Annapolis the first time?"

That night Cilento was convinced that his team would be playing Annapolis tomorrow night at 9 instead of Glen Burnie if the Blue Devils wontheir region, which they did.

When I told Cilento that Glen Burnie played the first game (a 92-81 victory by the Gophers) the way Annapolis played the second, even then he had a tough time believing anybody but Annapolis would win the region.

As awesome as Annapolis was in the 35-pointer, Glen Burnie was that bad, but to the credit of Bogle and Rudd, the Gophers turned the tables Saturday night.

Was it the head bands? In a show of team unity, the Gophers shaved their heads and wore white head bands in their season-opening win over Annapolis, but for some reason donned red ones for the second game at Annapolis.

Saturday, the Gophers, who wore head bands, came out with white ones and they won big.

Along the same lines of superstitions, Annapolis junior Len Barber sang the National Anthem before the 97-62 romp, but not Saturday. So, did Annapolis coach John Brady blow it by playing a cassette recording of the Star Spangled Banner?

What really got Glen Burnie over the hump this season? How about 6-foot-6 junior Marquise Farmer (18 points, 12 rebounds in the region final) who started the year at Arundel High School?

Farmer had moved into Glen Burnie's district, but remained at Arundel until the school board ordered him to attend Glen Burnie in November. He proved to be the missing piece to the puzzle for the Gophers.

Arundel coach Gerald Moore was upset over the loss of Farmer, but still had Severna Park junior transfer Bakari Ward. Ward was approved by the board to attend Arundel despite still living in the Severna Park district.

On the girls side, how about the coaching jobs turned in by region winners Dave Griffith of 4A Annapolis, Ron Price of 2A South River and 2A runner-up Calvin Vain of Northeast?

Griffith and Price will lead their teams into the state final four at UMBC tomorrow and Friday.

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