Broadneck edges out Arundel for 58-56 victory Bruins claim South title, berth in county title game

February 19, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Defending county champion Broadneck clinched the South Division title at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold last night with a 58-56 victory over Arundel and made a statement in doing so.

It was No. 8 Broadneck's second win over No. 9 Arundel, and the Bruins' 11th straight win overall. Broadneck also downed No. 10 Annapolis twice during regular season.

Broadneck (17-4, 8-1) goes after its second straight county title at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Arundel with North champion Chesapeake (11-10, 8-1) as its opponent.

Arundel (16-5, 6-3) is tied for second in the South with Annapolis (16-5, 6-3).

"I'm extremely proud of this club because they started the season 0-2 [non-league losses to Calvert Hall and DeMatha] and now they're 17-4," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "I give credit to all the so-called no-names on our team like Noble [Watkins], Lehrman [Dotson] and Brad Limbacher. They play roles around our blue-chipper in John [Williams]."

The Bruins hung on despite missing 11 field goal attempts and scoring all six of their points from the line in the final quarter.

Joe Parker's desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short for the visiting Wildcats, who took a 56-55 lead on a pair of free throws by R. J. Farmer (12 points) with 1: 31 remaining.

Broadneck regained the lead (57-56) on two free throws by Williams (17 points, five boards, three blocks) with 1: 16 left before a furious final minute that saw both teams blow scoring opportunities.

After shooting a torrid 59 percent (13-for-22) in the first half to build a 39-28 lead at intermission, Broadneck couldn't throw it in the ocean in the second-half sinking only five of 21 shots from the floor.

Williams, who became the Bruins' second all-time leading scorer passing Kenny Wood (1,047) in Friday's 53-50 win over Annapolis and now has 1,076 career points, scored 11 of his 17 points in the first half. Watkins scored seven of his 11 points in the last two periods for the Bruins.

Arundel could have put itself in position to win the division and nearly did. Down by 18 points with 2: 33 left in the first half, the Wildcats got four of Tony Ross' team-high 17 points and four from Levor Robinson (13 points, three boards) to go intermission down by 11 at 39-28.

Ross led an 18-7 run in the third period by scoring seven points and a three by Farmer cut the deficit to 46-45. Broadneck closed the period with a 6-0 run for a 52-45 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Broadneck maintained the lead as both teams struggled from the floor, but the Wildcats came alive in the last four minutes on a three-point play by Ross and the free throws by Farmer.

Arundel got three chances in the last 26 seconds but couldn't capitalize.

Pub Date: 2/19/97

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