No. 6 Broadneck still has edge, romps by Severna Park, 74-48

January 18, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

No basketball team should play this well after being idle eight of the past nine days.

That thought was perhaps on the minds of every player and coach on the Severna Park team last night as they watched sixth-ranked Broadneck perform at an amazingly high level in a 74-48 victory over the Falcons at Severna Park.

The Bruins (6-3) overwhelmed Severna Park (5-6) with size and strength inside and dazed the home team from the outside with a flurry of three-pointers.

And to make matters worse for the Falcons, Broadneck put on a man-to-man defensive clinic and ran its offense to perfection with all starters handling the basketball superbly most of the evening.

When 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior Renardo Walker tossed in a three-pointer midway through the first quarter to give Broadneck a 12-4 lead, it was apparent that this was going to be the Bruins' night.

Broadneck followed with six more three-pointers.

Six-foot-5 junior forward John Williams came out of the game with the best stats for the winners, 19 points and 12 rebounds, but it was mostly a team show.

"For us to come out and play this well tonight is a tribute to how hard our kids work," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "They love to play the game and are great kids. I feel good about the way we played after a long layoff [because of the snowstorm]. Our intensity level was high and we played super defense.

"John needs to be aggressive to be successful and that is the way he played tonight," said Kazmarek. "And to have Renardo out there handling the ball for us tonight was something else."

Walker, in his fourth game back since knee surgery, scored 12 points and had some big steals and some nifty passes.

"Can you believe a guy that big can play point guard?" asked Kazmarek.

Mike Tasker also had 12 points, including two three-pointers, for Broadneck, which built a 24-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

For Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani, it was a long evening but he couldn't help but praise Broadneck and Kazmarek.

"Kenny has taken their program to where we want to go," said Pellicani. "We've improved a lot, but the layoff killed us."

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