Cool, calm Broadneck collects 59-52 victory over pesky Hebron Williams' free throws put No. 7 Bruins in region final

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, seventh-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 made nine of 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," Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said. "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, had 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 by 45-33 early in the fourth quarter. After a rally, Stromberg's three-point basket with 26 seconds left pulled the Vikings to within 55-52.

Williams who had uncharacteristically missed two free throws just before Stromberg's basket, then sank two free throws to make it, 57-52.

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

Mount Hebron (9-14), which forfeited eight games this season because of an ineligible player who rarely played, 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, including 25 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.

Eli Wishnivetski (13 points) kept Mount Hebron in the game during the first half by going 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.

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

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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