Glen Burnie's late free throws fend off feisty Broadneck, 57-49

Six straight in final 1:24, plus Bruins' cold shooting, combine to avert upset

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 03, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Broadneck came into Glen Burnie yesterday looking for a nice, big upset in boys basketball to start the New Year and almost got it.

But Glen Burnie started the last eight minutes with a 6-0 run and sank six straight free throws in the final 1:24 to post a hard-earned, 57-49 victory.

The Bruins (2-7) led 30-28 at halftime and had the previously ranked Gophers (5-4) on the brink, only to get outscored 29-19 in the second half.

"Broadneck had us playing their pace and, earlier in the year, we would have lost a game like this," said coach Mike Rudd, whose Gophers appeared rather lethargic. "We did just enough to win. Playing at 1:30, no school, we were out of sync and didn't play with intensity. Not to take anything away from Broadneck, but we can play better."

The two schools agreed to the afternoon time in order to give everyone a chance to watch last night's Orange Bowl, featuring No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 5 Florida.

Down 40-38 going into the last period, the Bruins suddenly went cold shooting and did not take care of the ball as the Gophers converted three turnovers into six points and a 46-38 lead with 6:01 left.

Was coach Ken Kazmarek pleased with the way his Bruins, who won only one game last season, hung in against a club expected to contend for the county and 4A East Region titles?

"Honestly, we're not here for moral victories, " said Kazmarek. "We came in with full intentions to beat Glen Burnie. We failed to achieve that and that's not acceptable. We're not here to play people close and that's what I've just got done telling them [his team].

"We outplayed them for a half but could not sustain it."

Anthony Hawkins, a 6-foot-4 senior forward, scored 10 of his team-high 18 points in the first half. Guard Kurt Williams (12 points, five rebounds) matched Hawkins with 10 points of his own as the duo provided most of the Bruins' offense before the break.

Hawkins' baseline drive to the basket as time ran out in the first half made it 30-28 Broadneck despite 15 first-half points by the Gophers' Ray Cromwell.

After shooting 46 percent in the first half, the Bruins shot only 27 percent (7-for-26) in the second half to finish at 37 percent (19-for-52) for the game, a tad below Glen Burnie's 38 percent (18-for-48).

No question, the turnovers did in the Bruins.

"Turning the ball over at critical times has plagued us all year, particularly when we needed a basket, " said Kazmarek.

Cromwell, who had a game-high 20 points with five rebounds, scored the middle basket in the 6-0 run to start the last period and Shon Osborne's steal and subsequent layup made it 46-38.

Osborne, who had 15 points and a game-high nine rebounds (eight on the defensive side), then made six straight free throws to give the Gophers a 56-47 lead with 1:01 remaining. Mitch Guest, the third Gopher in double figures scoring (13) provided the game's only 10-point lead at 57-47 on a foul shot with :37 to go.

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