Broadneck routs Douglass, avenges '94 loss 3A EAST BOYS

March 04, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said his players have stayed focused and maintained their composure this season during the most trying times.

They were put to the test last night in the Class 3A East Region final against No. 19 Douglass of Baltimore.

Three Douglass players were ejected. The Ducks were assessed four technical fouls, two intentional fouls and one flagrant foul. Their leading scorer, senior Lamar Prilliman, threw a punch at Broadneck's Eric Elston during a melee that had fans spilling onto the court. Eventually, 15 Anne Arundel County police officers were needed to restore order at the Cape St. Claire school.

But in the end, all that mattered to the No. 1-seeded and eighth-ranked Bruins was a 92-53 victory that assured them a trip to College Park next week for the state tournament.

The game was stopped with 1:50 left in the third quarter and Broadneck leading 56-36, after Prilliman (16 points) was called for an intentional foul that left Elston laying on the court. Gilson Rogers received his second technical foul and was ejected, and Prilliman soon followed after taking a swing at Elston.

Players from both sides and Douglass coach John Nash, who is retiring after 25 seasons, had to be restrained, as students came out on the court and the six officers originally on duty intervened.

The delay lasted about 15 minutes while the officers and school personnel worked to restore order.

"Looking beyond all this, what you have to get from this game is you watched a very, very talented Broadneck team pick Douglass apart, and they could not handle it," said Kazmarek, adding that he was concerned for his players' safety.

"I didn't know whether their coaching staff was going to be able to control their players, but I think John Nash did a good job in the last quarter and a half to put the kids in who played fairly under control.

"We continued to play well even after the incident, and I think that shows how sharp and how ready we were to go."

Kazmarek said the game nearly was forfeited by Nash, who met with the Bruins coach afterward, then boarded the bus with his players and was unavailable for comment.

"He came in and apologized. John's been around a long time and he's a first-class person," Kazmarek said.

Jason Smith led Broadneck (22-2) with 23 points, but he had plenty of help. Jamaine Young scored 19 points, Renardo Walker had 17 and Mike Tasker added 15.

Kazmarek left his starters in the game after the altercation. "Tonight was their night. Just because another team came in and wanted to ruin it for us, I wasn't going to take that away from them."

The game was a rematch of last years' region semifinal, when the Ducks' Alphonso Jones hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 64-61 victory.

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