Barnard's steal saves Broadneck Bruins hang on to take 58-56 win over Southern

Boys basketball

January 07, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Winners don't dwell on the past and know how to turn their negatives into positives. It's called keeping your head up when things get tough.

So, it is for Broadneck's Brooks Barnard. A three-sport standout who thrives on making big plays, Barnard lived with a failure for over a week before stealing the ball with two seconds on the clock to preserve a 58-56 Bruins victory over No. 16 Southern last night.

Barnard led the Bruins with 12 points, a game-high 14 rebounds and two blocks in playing all but one of the 32 minutes in the game.

His game-saving play came after he missed three free throws with four-tenths of a second left in a 48-47 loss to Milford Mill las week in the Wes Unseld Tournament at Catonsville Community College.

"It's in the past and it hurt real bad, but it helped me build and get stronger," said Barnard after leading Broadneck (3-5, 1-1) to its first win in the new gym for the two-time county champions.

Southern (6-2, 1-1) had overcome a 16-point deficit with under three minutes left in the third period to earn a chance to tie or win in the final seconds.

The visitors' Will Maynard, who had 25 points thought about a game winning three, was double-teamed and tried to pass off to Demond Mullen (12 points) or Tom Howard. Barnard timed it perfectly and gathered in the ball in full stride as the clock ran out.

"I was playing my man [Mullen] and saw he [Maynard] couldn't get a shot off off, and hoped he would pass that way," said Barnard. "I played it right and took the ball."

Barnard, a 6-foot-3 senior, set county records in place kicking and was an All-County outfielder in baseball last spring. Before the game yesterday, he learned he has been chosen for the Team Maryland baseball all-stars for the coming summer.

Over the last four years, Barnard, who had eight of his points in the second half last night, has kicked game winning field goals and gotten game winning hits or pitched the Bruins to victory. He's a key player for the first time on the basketball team and the Milford Mill failure was tough to swallow.

"Give credit to Brooks for going through a fairly traumatic thing for a high school kid," said Bruin coach Ken Kazmarek.

"And who makes the big steal at the end of the game? Brooks! It just shows you the spirit and character that kids can rebound and have resiliency like he does. Brooks had a tremendous game tonight. He has so much heart."

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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