Three county basketball races still to be decided


February 11, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

With the excitement of a region race for playoff berths null and void because of the open basketball tournament, the battle for Anne Arundel County championship berths is providing a respite.

The girls South is the only division decided heading into the final week of regular-season play. The girls North and both boys divisions will be settled this week for the right to play in the first county championship doubleheader at Old Mill on Feb. 20.

"The coaches don't seem to be making such a big deal of the county championship game, but it should be since the state tournament is now a crap shoot," said Annapolis boys coach John Brady, whose Panthers posted a must-win at Broadneck Friday.

"Because of the blind draw, you now have to be very good and extremely lucky to win a state championship. The county championship is something more realistic to shoot for."

The No. 2 Arundel girls (18-2, 14-0) have rolled through the county league and mathematically eliminated No. 7 Severna Park (13-7, 10-4) and No. 8 Annapolis (14-5, 10-3) this week with Friday's 74-52 romp over the Falcons.

Annapolis dealt the Falcons a 41-40 defeat on Tuesday and, coupled with a 59-35 triumph over Broadneck (9-8, 8-5) Friday, the Panthers moved into second place in the South.

Old Mill (10-7, 9-4) and Meade (12-7, 8-5) are vying for the North division title and the right to face Arundel in the county championship game. The Wildcats have yet to play a close game in the county league.

The unsettled boys league finds No. 9 Broadneck (13-5, 11-2) leading the South by a game over No. 6 Annapolis (15-4, 10-3) with three games left. No. 17 Glen Burnie (15-3, 10-2) paces the North by two over No. 16 North County (11-7, 9-4).

Annapolis knocked off Broadneck a second time (73-65 in overtime first game) this season by 57-47 on Friday. The victory kept the Panthers alive in the division.

No. 18 Arundel (13-6, 10-4) is 2-0 against Annapolis while Annapolis is 2-0 against Broadneck and the Bruins hope to make it 2-0 against the Wildcats.

The Bruins visit Arundel Tuesday and could clinch the division, barring an upset by Severna Park (6-14, 1-12) or Chesapeake (6-12, 3-9) later in the week. Broadneck dominated Arundel, 64-47, in their first meeting.

Meanwhile, Annapolis does not have a cakewalk while it hopes for Broadneck to lose. The Panthers visit Glen Burnie tomorrow night, South River (3-16, 1-12) Tuesday, and play host to No. 20 Southern (12-7, 9-5) Thursday.

After Annapolis, Glen Burnie plays host to North County (Gophers won first by 79-74) Tuesday. The Gophers would wrap up the division with back-to-back victories. Glen Burnie's final DTC two games are with Meade (9-10, 6-7) and Chesapeake.

Free throws

The Annapolis victory at Broadneck was Brady's 390th (390-72, .844) and his 18th in 23 games vs. the Bruins. It was a great atmosphere at Broadneck with student Danielle Pastin delivering the national anthem and the lively Bruin pep band rocking all night.

Meade's 48-44 victory over Chesapeake Friday was career win No. 396 (396-266, .662) for coach Butch Young, who has three regular-season games left -- Northeast, North County, at Glen Burnie -- and at least one playoff game.

Arundel and Broadneck each lost a game off their schedules and will finish with 21 games while the rest of the county teams play 22.

Severn (9-13) canceled tomorrow's visit to Arundel and Wildcats coach Gerald Moore wasn't happy about it. Broadneck and Northern mutually agreed to cancel theirs to make up league games.

In the ring

Pro boxing at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Thursday features three local products on the seven-bout card in middleweight Alfonzo "Too Good for You" Daniels (12-1), light heavyweight Jake "The Snake" Smith (10-4) and super middleweight Bobby "The Maryland Mauler" Haarhoff (6-0).

Daniels faces Keith Kemp (8-0, six knockouts) of Washington in a scheduled eight-rounder.

Smith, a Meade grad, dukes it out with Berry Butler (5-3) in a six-rounder while Glen Burnie's Haarhoff (6-0) is slated to go four rounds against journeyman Horace "The Kid" Watterson (7-23). For ticket information, call (410) 766-7474.

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