History does repeat itself and can be very frustrating to the coach on the losing end, and sometimes almost as frustrating to the victor.
For those who missed it last year in Linthicum, No. 6 Broadneck (7-3) and North County (6-5) staged a rerun in Cape St. Claire last night with the Bruins winning again by 10, this time 61-51. Host Broadneck jumped on the same roller coaster it took on the road last January.
Strangely enough, Broadneck raced to a 14-point halftime lead, failed to show up in the third period, but closed with a vengeance, just as it did a year ago.
"It was the same kind of game as last year, where we thought it was too easy after the first half, lost our level of intensity in the third period by losing our composure and rushing things," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "As weird as it seems, the way we played in the third period fueled their fire again."
In January of '95, the Bruins led the Knights by 45-31 at the half, but could only muster five third-period points before ringing up 18 points in the final period for a 68-58 victory.
Last night, Broadneck shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half. Jamaine Young (game highs of 20 points, 10 rebounds) and John Williams (16 points) combined for 19 points and a 37-23 halftime lead.
Again the Bruins struggled in the third, committing eight turnovers, hitting only two of eight shots from the floor and scoring only four points as North County pulled up at 41-39.
After shooting 38 percent in the first half, the Knights hit six of 12 field-goal attempts during a 12-0 run to close the third period. North County's 6-foot-4 Richard "Speedy" Allen (11 points, nine rebounds) and 6-6 Chris Salmon (six points, five rebounds) controlled the boards in the third-period flurry.
A putback by Allen tied the game at 41, and Sean Brown's three-pointer midway into the final period gave North County the lead, 46-45.
Young's second attempt at a putback allowed the Bruins to regain the lead at 47-46 and Brad Limbacher's ensuing steal set up the biggest shot of the game, by Mike Tasker.
Kazmarek called time out with 3:35 left after the Limbacher theft.
Tasker (15 points, two steals) buried a three and it was 50-46 Broadneck. North County missed a shot, and Young's putback upped the lead to 52-46 with just over two minutes remaining.
Williams (4-for-4), Young (1-2) and Renardo Walker (1-2) sank six of eight from the free-throw line to push the lead to 58-51 with 29 seconds left.