After scoring only three points in the second quarter, Oakland Mills needed a lift last night in its Class 1A South region semifinal game against visiting Smithsburg.
Sophomore Andre Brooks and senior Brian Grund did just that.
"They were really the keys to the game," said Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby after the Scorpions broke loose in the third quarter en route to a 63-46 victory.
The 6-foot-6 Brooks scored a season-high 20 points, 16 in the second half. He grabbed 10 rebounds for his second straight double double, and was 12 of 13 from the free-throw line.
Grund, a soccer star in his first year of high school basketball, scored eight straight points in a one-minute stretch early in the third quarter. He made back to back three-pointers and added two free throws.
The Scorpions (16-8), state semifinalists a year ago, will travel to Brunswick tomorrow for the 7 p.m. region championship.
Cyril Chesson scored six points and Brooks added four, as Oakland Mills took a 15-9 first-quarter lead. But the Scorpions made only one of eight shots and committed six turnovers in a terrible second quarter. Smithsburg (8-16) made only two baskets in the quarter, but Anthony Basile's three-pointer with four seconds left made it 18-18 at halftime.
"We weren't making good decisions with the ball," Appleby said of his team's second-quarter showing. "We were really out of sync."
Said Grund: "We knew coming into the locker room we weren't executing."
Brooks opened the third quarter by putting back an offensive rebound and making a free throw for a three-point play. Grund then took over. He hit two straight three-pointers and two free throws to give the Scorpions a 29-18 lead two minutes into the second half.
"We needed something to jump start us and Brian did that by hitting those three's," Appleby said. "We started to play at a higher level after that."
Oakland Mills outscored Smithsburg, 21-5, in the third quarter, and led by as many as 23 points in the final period.
Lester Jones and Chesson had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Scorpions.
Brunswick 46, Glenelg 43: Glenelg, down by 10 with four minutes to play, outscored top-seeded Brunswick, 10-3, to pull within three but could not get closer before a packed gym at Glenelg.
Brian Hollrah's basket with 30 seconds left pulled Glenelg (2-22) within 44-41. Brunswick (22-2), which made only one of six free throws in the final period, scored to make it a five-point game. Glenelg's Kevin Ganacsioli sank two free throws with two seconds left. The Gladiators stole the inbounds ball, but they could not get off a shot as the buzzer sounded.
Junior Chris Bowen led Glenelg with 23 points, and Hollrah, a sophomore, added 10.
"We've had so much bad luck, but we stuck with our young guys and for the last two weeks we've been playing basketball," said Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder, whose team beat South Hagerstown, 52-51, on Tuesday. "We wanted to go out on a positive note and we felt we did that. They can come back and feel they're ready for next season."
Glenelg, which has four sophomores and two freshman on the squad, will return 12 of 14 players next season.