Broadneck bounces back to handle Meade, 61-55 No. 7 Bruins hold off upset-minded Mustangs

January 27, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Broadneck bounced right back from a disastrous performance against Southwestern in the Charm City Classic and the tough luck continued for a snake-bitten Meade squad.

That was the scenario at Broadneck last night as the Bruins did enough things right to hand Meade a 61-55 defeat.

Seventh-ranked Broadneck, taking the court just 24 hours after losing, 71-44, to second-ranked Southwestern in the Charm City Classic, had to fight for its life against the defensive-minded Mustangs who held a 44-39 lead late in the third quarter.

The Bruins (9-4, 7-1 in the South Division) survived the Meade upset attempt mostly due to a 28-point effort by senior forward Jamaine Young and 11 free throws in the last 1:32 of the game.

Broadneck also was helped by a major reduction in turnovers from the previous two games against Southwestern and Glen Burnie.

The Bruins only turned the ball over nine times last night after having 51 turnovers in the previous two games.

"I'm glad we played right away," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "The worst thing to happen after that Southwestern game would have been to sit around three days and think too much about it."

For Meade (8-7, 6-4 in the North), it was more of the same misfortune that has plagued the Mustangs the last two weeks.

It all began with a one-point loss to 13th-ranked Glen Burnie in the final seconds, then came a narrow setback Wednesday to eighth-ranked Annapolis when Meade trailed by only two with 1:14 left and last night the visitors trailed by only two, 55-53, with 49 seconds remaining.

"We might not be living right," said Meade coach Butch Young. "They say good things happen to good people but I don't know. These kids work hard the whole game and things still don't work out for them."

When asked why his team just can't seem to pull out the close games, Young said: "We don't shoot well. We only have 10 three-pointers all season."

Young also said he is having trouble developing any kind of consistency in his program.

"We just lose too many kids because of the military turnover. The entire 82nd Airborne Division moved out on us," he said.

Wes Riddick led the Mustangs with 15 points but paled in comparison to Jamaine Young who the Bruins seemed to go to almost every time down the floor.

Young (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) simply muscled his way to the basket time after time and raised his average to 19.3 points.

"When you have a horse like that, you ride him," said Butch Young.

Kazmarek said, "Jamaine took what the defense gave him but give Meade credit. They are a bona-fide title contender in the county. They shot 61 percent in the third quarter."

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