Cats' Moore almost gets what he wanted

SIDELINES

March 03, 1995|By PAT O'MALLEY

Gerald Moore didn't get the opponent he wanted, but he's got the game he wanted for his Wildcats tonight.

No. 6 Arundel (20-3) is one win away from its first boys basketball appearance at Cole Field House since 1975.

The top-seeded Wildcats play host to second-seeded Northern-Calvert (21-2) at 7 o'clock tonight in Gambrills for the 4A East Region championship. The winner plays in next week's final four at College Park.

Arundel advanced to the title game by outlasting fourth-seeded Calvert, 83-77, in overtime Wednesday while Northern edged third-seeded Annapolis (19-5) in the final 30 seconds, 64-62.

Moore said after still another frantic finish by the Wildcats that he "wanted Annapolis" to settle the 4A county championship and didn't want to be a co-champion with the Panthers. Annapolis and Arundel split during the regular season and both were 13-1 in league play.

Even if the Wildcats won the rubber game, they would have been sole county champs only in Moore's mind. No matter who won the region final, they still were county co-champs.

It would have dispelled any arguments as to who had the better team, but Arundel can still prove that by winning the region tonight.

That might be easier said than done because the Wildcats will face the most athletic and possibly the deepest team they have played all season.

Northern coach Rick Weber used 10 players to beat Annapolis as the Patriots showed they have a bench to go with five solid starters led by senior Leon Wiseman.

Last year's two losses to Arundel, including a defeat in the region quarterfinals, are fresh in the minds of the Patriots.

Arundel shot 41 foul shots at home to only 12 by Northern in last year's playoff match-up.

"We've seen them [Arundel] a few times this year and feel we can play with them," said Weber.

Several county coaches, including John Brady of Annapolis, agree with me that Northern has a team similar to North County, but with even more talented athletes than the Knights who lost at the buzzer to Arundel a couple weeks ago.

Northern matches up well with the Wildcats and unlike North County doesn't melt at the end. It could be a game of streaks tonight with the team making the final run winning.

Eighth-ranked Broadneck (21-2) got the opponent it wanted for its 3A East Region final tonight. The Bruins, who ripped Northern-Baltimore, 83-58, Wednesday as Jason Smith scored 26, play host to Douglass-Baltimore.

The No. 20 Ducks beat Howard, 77-56, to advance to the region final a second straight year. Before winning the region by 75-71 over Poly last year, Douglass ducked out of Broadneck with a three-point buzzer-beater to stun the Bruins, 64-61, in the semis.

Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek is saying revenge is not a factor, but that's hard to believe.

Correction

In Wednesday's "Sidelines," I wrote that the late Jerry Mears coached Arundel to its only state basketball championship in 1965.

"You did it again," said Pennington Hebron on the phone Wednesday.

I sure did. Mears didn't take over as coach until 1966 and William Crow, who coached 10 years in the county before moving to Massachusetts, led the Wildcats to the '65 title.

From the softball field

Severna Park's returning All-Metro center fielder, Melissa Snyder, who batted .396 with 11 RBIs and eight stolen bases as a junior, has verbally committed to Towson State.

The speedy Snyder, who had no errors, will receive a scholarship.

* Chesapeake's Dennis Thiele, in his 11th year as softball coach of the Cougars, is stepping down as the school's basketball coach after three seasons.

* Bruce Springer, another basketball/softball coach, resigned after three years as Broadneck's softball coach and has been replaced by Dave Conrad.

Conrad's background is in baseball where he has managed an adult 30-and-over team the last few years. He also has been to the Baltimore Orioles fantasy camp in Florida.

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