Southwestern too much for Broadneck, 71-44 Boys basketball

January 26, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

No. 2 Southwestern was simply too quick, too deep and too good for No. 7 Broadneck in the tip-off of yesterday's fifth Charm City Classic at the Towson Center.

Broadneck (8-4) took a 2-0 lead on a lay-in by Jamaine Young, but the Sabers (10-1) went on a 15-0 run, coasting to a 40-16 halftime lead and eventual 71-44 victory.

Guard Bobby Lovett led four Sabers in double digits with 17 points. Southwestern shot 49 percent from the floor with nine players scoring two points or more and 15 players seeing action.

Point guard Reginald Johnson scored 13 points and had eight assists and two steals, and Cornelius McMurray and Stanley Parker chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively. McMurray had five assists and five steals, and Parker, a 6-foot-2 forward/center, pulled in 21 rebounds, snuffed two shots and had five take-aways.

The Sabers out-rebounded the Bruins, 39-20.

"This team is smaller than we've had, but everybody can shoot. )) Reginald Johnson is an exceptional point guard and we're very athletic," said Southwestern coach Terry Leverett. "They play really aggressive defense. We believe in some form of the press the whole game."

The Sabers ran a clinic on the full-court press and its variations against a team that had been getting by despite not taking very good care of the basketball.

"We had 25 turnovers last night and won by 20 [61-41 over Glen Burnie Wednesday], today the turnovers [26] killed us," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "You can't make turnovers against talented people who can cash in. You don't give a team like Southwestern that many chances for layups.

"This could be a tremendous learning experience for us. We had been winning while not handling the ball well, and sometimes they don't understand until they get spanked. It could be a blessing in disguise."

Kazmarek was not displeased with his team's effort, however. The Bruins outscored the Sabers in the third period, 13-10, and it was Southwestern by 31-28 for the second half.

The 6-1 Young scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half and had three rebounds, three assists, three steals

and a block.

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