Hebron hangs in, but bows to Broadneck 4th-quarter rally falls just short for Vikings

Class 3A/Boys basketball

March 06, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Broadneck is noted for its poise in tight situations. Mount Hebron is noted for its refusal to quit. Both teams showed off those qualities last night at Anne Arundel Community College, where for both squads, defense was the name of the game.

Mainly on the free-throw shooting of John Williams, No. 7 ranked Broadneck (21-4) held off a determined Mount Hebron rally in the fourth period to win its Class 3A East region semifinal, 59-52.

Broadneck will meet Dunbar in Baltimore on Friday for the regional championship.

Williams, Broadneck's lightning rod, sank nine of his 12 free throws in the fourth period. For the game, he was 13-for-16 at the foul line, scored 23 points and had six rebounds.

"It's not a secret who has to get the ball at the end of the game, and he [Williams] cashed in," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "We've been in this type of game for the last six games and didn't panic and showed great poise."

Williams also played tough defense against Mount Hebron's leading scorer, Mike Stromberg. Stromberg, who scored 11 points, sank three three-pointers in the fourth quarter, but they were all under great pressure.

"Team defense was our main focus," Williams said.

Mount Hebron trailed 45-33 early in the fourth quarter. After a rally, Stromberg's three-point basket with 26 seconds left pulled the Vikings to within a basket, 55-52.

Williams, who uncharacteristically had missed two free throws just before Stromberg's basket, then sank two, pushing the Bruins' lead back to 57-52.

Stromberg's three-point attempt bounced off the front of the rim with 17 seconds left, and Williams then sank the two clinching free throws.

Mount Hebron (9-14), which forfeited eight games this season because of an ineligible player who rarely saw action, made five three-point baskets in the fourth quarter to close the gap.

"Those threes really changed the complexion quickly," Kazmarek said. "Two times in the game, I thought we were about to break it open, but teams like Mount Hebron that play great defense are hard to blow out. Give Mount Hebron a lot of credit."

Referees called a tight game -- 43 personal fouls, 25 of them against Mount Hebron.

As a result, Williams had to sit out five minutes and 18 seconds of the third quarter after drawing his third foul.

Broadneck received a strong game off the bench from Brooks Barnard, who scored seven points and had nine rebounds. Noble Watkins scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds.

For Mount Hebron, Eli Wishnivetski scored 13 points. He kept his team in the game during the first half by sinking nine of 10 free throws.

"I thought we matched up well physically against Broadneck and that we had a shot to win," said Vikings coach Scott Conroy.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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