Broadneck, Centennial rates as dream matchup

SIDELINES

March 02, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Broadneck, two-time county boys basketball champion, plays host to one of those metro-area dream matchups at 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Anne Arundel Community College. Undefeated, No. ranked Centennial (22-0) of Howard County comes calling for a Class 3A East region quarterfinal with the No. 7 Bruins (19-4, 16-1).

What could be ahead in the seven-team Class 3A East is a Broadneck or Centennial matchup with No. 11 Dunbar (15-6), the defending state champion, in the region final.

But there is no danger of the Bruins looking past tomorrow.

"Centennial is very good and very experienced," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "They've got five kids who have been together since their sophomore year, and offensively, they've got eyes in the backs of their heads."

It should be a classic matchup of Centennial's up-tempo offense vs. Broadneck's man-to-man, trapping defense.

"I don't think they [Centennial] are used to the kind of defense we play," said Kazmarek.

Four-year swing man John Williams, one of the best defensive players to ever play in the county, is surrounded by 6-foot-5 center/forward Noble Watkins and 6-3 forward Brooks Barnard. They know how to crash the boards and alter opponents' shots. In the backcourt are quick players, such as Brad Limbacher, Lehrman Dotson, Earl Downs and Mike D'Archangelo.

Broadneck's defense can be compared to an octopus. Just ask Class 4A Chesapeake (12-11), a 66-55 victim in the county championship game at Arundel Tuesday.

The aggressive Bruins forced 10 Cougars turnovers in the second half of what was a close game until the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Broadneck's motion offense complements its defense and only adds frustration for foes. Teams come in hoping to keep the Bruins from playing at their pace but normally succumb.

If the Bruins play at their pace, they should win. But if the Eagles get them to run, Broadneck's season probably will end.

The Bruins-Eagles' survivor gets the winner of Baltimore's Carver (1-10) vs. Mount Hebron (8-13) on Wednesday.

Dunbar, the top seed per the random draw, has two straight byes and meets winner of Edmondson vs. J. M. Bennett (Salisbury) on Wednesday.

In the event of a Broadneck vs. Dunbar final, the game would in all likelihood be at Dunbar in Baltimore on Friday.

Sideliners

In girls basketball playoffs, No. 8 Centennial (17-5) plays Broadneck (13-9) at 8 p.m. tomorrow, after the boys game.

County girls champion Meade (20-3) and runner-up Annapolis (19-4) are in separate brackets in Class 4A East, and a rematch on Saturday is a possibility. But don't count out defending region and state champion Arundel (17-5). Arundel figures visit Annapolis Wednesday.

After listening to Phil Popielski do the color commentary -- mispronouncing coaches and players' names and even misidentifying players -- on the Jones Cable 22 telecast of the county boys championship game, a little advice:

Stick to coaching the girls at Meade, Phil.

The boys championship game will be shown again at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday. And you can catch Popielski's girls upsetting Annapolis in the girls final tomorrow night on Jones.

Annapolis coach John Brady took over as analyst for Popielski in the second half of the boys game. Brady, who hasn't spoken to former assistant Kazmarek in several years, cracked on the Broadneck coach for yelling and still coaching in the final seconds with the game obviously in the bag.

"We might need to call security to keep the Broadneck coach from coming over here in front of us and the scorer's table," said Brady.

Kazmarek, who didn't hear it, said: "Several of the kids came in to tell me about what he said."

In the boys Class 4A East, No. 2 seed Severna Park (12-10) may have the best draw of all. The possibility of a region boys basketball final on Robinson Road Friday night is real.

Around the horn

Derek Loosararian (9-0), former Arundel All-County pitcher, had an impressive college debut Wednesday pitching Salisbury State to a 9-5 season opening win over Newport News (Va.). Loosararian, a right-hander, gave up only five hits, walked three and struck out 14 in 8 2/3 innings.

T. J. Antonacci, a second-team All-County right-hander (6-1) at Old Mill last year, has made Division III Chowan (N.C.) University as a middle reliever and spot starter.

Have an idea for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, (410) 647-2499.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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