Broadneck's nice win was on wrong court


March 05, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After getting to play under normal circumstances, No. 7-ranked Broadneck responded with a big victory Monday at Anne Arundel Community College.

The Bruins (20-4) abruptly halted No. 4 Centennial's 22-0 season with a 53-51 victory in the boys' 3A East quarterfinals to advance to tonight's 7 o'clock semi-final with Mount Hebron at AACC.

Broadneck got to play its first playoff game in the atmosphere that normal regional games generate, but for the second year in a row it was on the wrong court because of the ridiculous random draw. Under a system that rewards success (by seeding teams) instead of mediocrity, the Bruins would have been at Centennial.

Just a year ago, the Bruins played the memorable "no spectators" games at Edmondson in Baltimore and lost, 76-58, in the quarterfinals. Broadneck's boys went into the game 16-6 and by right deserved the home game over 9-10 Edmondson.

The Broadneck girls won by 42-39 over Edmondson in what was the first Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) doubleheader not open to the public.

A gun incident when Edmondson played host to Dunbar the week before prompted the tight security and agreement by both schools to play without fans.

Who knows what would have happened had the boys game been played at Broadneck?

"It feels a lot better than last year," said Broadneck leader John Williams after scoring 16 points against Centennial. "It was a great atmosphere tonight."

The biggest lead of the game was seven points, coming with 13 seconds left on Lehrman Dotson's pair of free throws to put Broadneck up, 52-45. Prior to that, the biggest lead by either team was six points by Centennial in the first period. A basket or two separated them the rest of the game.

Like Broadneck, the Eagles won their county championship in Howard and came in ranked No. 1 by the Washington Post, which had Broadneck No. 14.

If ever a team was steeped in winning, Centennial was. The Eagles nucleus had played together since age 10 and won a national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championship at 11.

The group was 9-13 as sophomores, 18-6 last year and undefeated this year until Monday night, and deserved to be playing on its home court. Even Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek admitted that.

"Here's a team 22-0 and has to travel. Something's wrong with that," said Kazmarek. "But I get tired of talking about how screwed up the draw is.

"But if we stop talking about it, it will never be changed. Most coaches want to seed the teams, and that's why I don't understand why they show up for the drawings."

The drawings have evolved into big extravaganzas with lottery machines, live music, the works.

Who knows what would have happened if the game had been played at Centennial? I do know that a 22-0 team deserves a home game.

Navy boxers KO competition

Coach Jim McNally's defending national champion Navy boxing team posted seven individual winners at the Penn State Invitational last weekend.

Returning national champions Cy Mellet and Jon Bradley were among the Navy victors as they fine-tuned their squad for a repeat national title. Navy will host the nationals April 11-12.

Mellet was a winner at 172 pounds and Bradley at 180 in the Penn State competition.

Other Navy winners were Tyrone Biggs (139), Nic Wisecarver (147), J.J. Puga (156), Ryan Miller (190) and Jarrod Donaldson (heavyweight).

AACS to join MIAA

Annapolis Area Christian School (AACS) will become the fourth Anne Arundel County private school to join the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

AACS, a member of the Christian Schools Athletic Association which is disbanding after 22 years, joins St. Peter and Paul of Easton for the 1997-98 MIAA season.

Archbishop Spalding, St. Mary's and Severn School are already MIAA members.

MIAA director Rick Diggs, a Pasadena resident, also announced that the MIAA has adopted a rather stringent eligibility rule to prevent recruiting among member schools.

Any student-athlete who transfers after his or her sophomore year from one MIAA school to another MIAA school is ineligible for athletics for one year.

The new rule does not include county public school transfers to MIAA members.

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Pub Date: 3/05/97

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