Smith's 31, Broadneck top Gibbons LOCAL SPORTS: CHARM CITY CLASSIC

January 27, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

It was unanimous in the Charm City Classic opener last night at Loyola College.

Both coaches agreed that Jason Smith was the difference as No. 7 Broadneck (12-1) defeated No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons, 66-60. Down by 10 to start the final period (43-33), Gibbons (14-7) made a run late but Smith answered the challenge.

Smith scored 31 points, including 7-for-10 from the line in the final two minutes and had five assists and six rebounds for the Bruins.

"Clearly, Jason Smith was the difference," said Gibbons coach Bryan Moorhouse. 'We didn't have anybody who could stop him. He's a great player who plays under control."

Smith, the Bruins' fourth-year starter and returning All-Metro guard, shot 67 percent (10-for-15) from two-point range and 56 percent overall (10-for-18), missing three three-point attempts.

At the line, Smith, who had seven points in each of the first two periods and 11 in the final period, made 11 of 14, nine of them coming in the last eight minutes.

"It was definitely one of my better games, but not a personal high," said Smith, who scored 34 against South River in his

sophomore year.

Smith is averaging 18 points for the Bruins, whose only loss was to top-ranked Lake Clifton in in December.

"Jason could score 30 every game, but when we get way ahead of teams, we don't leave him in to pad his average," coach Ken Kazmarek said. "He's averaging 18-19 points a game because he's the most unselfish player in the county."

Smith didn't do it all by himself.

"I thought all five starters played very well and Josh's [Grover] presence bothered them in their halfcourt," said Kazmarek.

The 6-foot-10 Grover, who had seven points, 10 rebounds (seven on the defensive end) and two blocks, enabled the Bruins to outrebound the Crusaders, 42-27.

Together with Renaldo Walker (nine rebounds), Eric Elston (8), John Williams and Smith (six rebounds each), the Bruins prevented Gibbons from getting second shots.

Broadneck held a 26-11 advantage in boards in the first half with Grover pulling in eight and 26 of its total rebounds came on defensive end. Meanwhile, Gibbons shot only 25 percent (6-for-24 including threes) in the first half and 35 percent (19-for-55) for the game, but was effective from three-point range, hitting 9-of-18 attempts.

"We struggled in the first half and if we had shot better, it might have been a different story," said Moorhouse. "

"We only have one senior, and we didn't quit against a very good team."

Josh Davalli, a 6-4 junior forward and the Crusaders' leading scorer (19.5 average), scored only two points in the first half but came back strong with 13 points in the second half to tie Vernon Collins (eight rebounds), Davalli and Mike Simmons for team high honors of 15 points each.

A trio of threes by James Urban and two in the last period by Davalli got the Crusaders within seven points thrice in the final three minutes. Urban's final three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, cut the deficit to 65-60, but Smith sank his final free throw with six seconds to go for the final margin.

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