Broadneck wins, 53-51, pops Centennial bubble Bruins cut off Eagles' unbeaten streak at 22

March 04, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County's best downed Howard County's best in a Class 3A East quarterfinal at Anne Arundel Community College last night.

No. 7-ranked Broadneck (20-4) stunned previously unbeaten and No. 4 Centennial, 53-51, to advance to tomorrow night's region semifinals against Mount Hebron at AACC.

Broadneck's sophomore point guard Lehrman Dotson sank five of six free throw attempts in the final 35 seconds and matched the Bruins' go-to guy, John Williams, with seven points in the final period.

The first two from the line by Dotson with the clock running out pushed the Bruins' lead to 50-45. Two more with 13 seconds showing iced the victory.

Dotson led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Williams' 16. Aaron Williams (13 points) and Brian Otten (12, team-high six boards) led the Eagles with a combined 25 points, including back-to-back threes in the last six seconds.

Centennial came in with a 22-0 Howard County record, ranked No. 4 in the area by The Sun and No. 1 by the Washington Post.

While Broadneck rolled through its Anne Arundel County season, going 16-1 to cop its second straight title, Centennial was Howard County champion at 18-0. The matchup met expectations and maybe more as the two teams exhausted seven players each.

Broadneck led 18-15 at the end of the first period, Centennial by 29-25 at the half and Broadneck by one (38-37) after three periods.

"It was a great game both ways and I would have preferred to win the game, but Broadneck earned it," said Centennial coach Jim Hill.

Dotson and senior guard Mike D'Archangelo stepped up while the Eagles concentrated on Williams and 6-foot-5 Noble Watkins, who came in averaging 15.3 points a game and was held to eight points. D'Archangelo scored all nine of his points in the first half on a trio of threes.

"The difference in all honesty was the points total they got out of No. 12 [D'Archangelo] and No. 4 [Dotson]," said Hill. "We scouted them twice and knew that Williams was their big outside shooter and that Watkins was their big inside shooter."

Williams' three-point bomb with 1: 53 remaining gave the Bruins the lead for good at 48-45 after Scott Bross (eight points) went back door to tie the game at 45 with 2: 27 to go.

Watkins, who led the Bruins with eight boards and two snuffed shots, scored six of his eight points in the third period and came up with three crucial steals.

"Noble had a difficult assignment tonight to watch Denny Chapman, who is a perimeter player," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.

"Late in the game, he [Chapman] missed some big threes because Noble went out and put that extra pressure on his shot."

The 6-foot-4 Chapman (five boards) tossed in eight points, but had only a three in the second half with Watkins stalking him.

"The difference was our defense, which kept the game in the short numbers," said Kazmarek. "To limit them to 45, and 48 points counting that last-second shot, says a lot about our defense.

"Our defense is like an octopus and anytime we keep opponents under 50 points we're in total control of the game."

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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