Carver steps out of shadows with win 76-54 quarterfinal victory over Broadneck puts Bears in semifinals

March 04, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Carver coach Durce Jackson says of his Bears, "we're a good team," you have to look beyond the fact that he only has one senior -- who does not start -- on a squad with an 8-13 record.

And you still might think it's a stretch.

But there's at least one more believer, Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek, after watching the Bears whip his visiting Bruins, 76-54, yesterday in a Class 3A East quarterfinal.

"We scouted them. We didn't underestimate them at all. You don't underestimate a Baltimore City team," said Kazmarek, whose Bruins finish 13-11.

"But when you're constantly up against the Dunbars, Lake Cliftons and the Southerns of Baltimore City, you become a hardened team," Kazmarek continued. "And they're a disciplined, well-coached team. They were composed in key situations and they did exactly what he [Jackson] asked them to do."

Jackson got contributions from nine different players.

The Bears' 6-foot-2 junior Miguel Wilson scored 31 points, had five each in rebounds and assists, and three steals.

Dwayne Banks had three three-pointers among his 12 second-half points. Guard Tavon McCoy had 11 each in points and assists to go with four steals. Aaron Shaw scored nine points with four rebounds, and 6-4 Mike Napper had six points, three steals, three blocks.

"We knew they ran a matchup zone. They came with a diamond-and-one on Miguel, but we had other players prepared for that," said Jackson.

"We watched them Friday against Edmondson, and we saw they're capable of hurting you in a lot of ways, defensively," Jackson added. "They also ran a regular man-to-man defense. Overall, my players responded the way they were supposed to."

Carver sprinted out to leads of 14-1 and 19-3, early in the first period, with 12 of those points coming off three-pointers -- two of those by Wilson. Eight players contributed in that period.

The Bruins appeared to lose spark after senior strongman Brooks Bernard (12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks) picked up two fouls -- one on a technical -- and was relegated to the bench for most of the first quarter.

Trailing 24-12, Bernard returned in the second quarter, scoring four of the Bruins' first five points. The gritty, muscular Bernard helped teammates Lehrman Dotson (14 points, five rebounds, three steals) and Jeff Logan (nine points, six rebounds) to jump-start the offense.

Bernard (6-3) also got in Wilson's face on the perimeter. But Wilson adjusted, driving the lane for six points in the period as the Bruins still trailed, 32-24, at halftime.

Broadneck was within 34-28 after Bernard grabbed a defensive rebound and fired the ball up the court to Dotson for an easy lay-in midway through the third period.

But Carver's bench support maintained the pace. Banks scored six in the third period, including one of his three three-pointers, as the Bears lengthened their lead to 47-34 entering the fourth.

Wilson scored 12 points in the final period when Carver out-scored Broadneck, 29-20. His three-pointer with five seconds left was a fitting exclamation point.

Carver, the region's top seed, plays host to Northern of Calvert tomorrow when it can again step out from behind the shadows of the city's traditional powers.

"We've lost games, but we're never easy to beat," said Wilson, who scored 36 points in an early-season 11-point victory over St. Frances. "Today was our chance to show it."

Pub Date: 3/04/98

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