Broadneck hopes upset win signals brighter days ahead

SIDELINES

High Schools

January 27, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Beware of the Broadneck Bruins.

They may be emerging from a three-year hibernation, just as their coach predicted.

Broadneck's boys basketball team pulled off a 60-59 home upset of No. 9 Meade (12-4) Friday night, a victory that was sweeter than a tub of honey for coach Ken Kazmarek and his team.

"It was a tremendous victory at home in front of a great crowd, something we haven't seen for a while," Kazmarek said. "We've been in that position several times before this season and didn't pull it off. It was great to finally see the kids get something for their efforts."

Anthony Hawkins' four-point play at the buzzer won it. He was fouled on his three-pointer as time expired and sank the game-winning free throw.

The victory was only Broadneck's fourth of the season, but it was the team's biggest in three years.

"If we had gotten a couple wins early in games we could have won, who knows where we would be right now?" said Kazmarek, whose team is 4-12. "The kids know now they can beat the good teams."

Kazmarek, who took the reins at Broadneck for the 1984-85 season, hopes the victory marks the beginning of a return to the winning ways his teams once enjoyed.

The coach led the Bruins to 16 consecutive winning seasons through 1998-99 and an overall record of 259-98. His career record stood at 270-110, including one season (1983-84) at Arundel, before coming to Broadneck.

Then came an 8-15 season in 1999-2000 before the Bruins hit rock bottom last season at 1-22. Not accustomed to losing, Kazmarek has been a frustrated coach.

"It's been tough and very difficult not to second-guess yourself, " Kazmarek said.

"You ask yourself, what am I doing wrong? And I've never been one to look at the kids and say they're not good enough. As a coach, you have to think that you have to make it happen."

A few weeks ago, after a 57-49 loss at 18th-ranked Glen Burnie, a game the Bruins had a chance to win, Kazmarek's frustration spilled over. The coach refused to glean positives from an "almost" win and said anything short of victory was not acceptable.

"We're not here for moral victories," Kazmarek said, adding, "We're not here to play people close."

Then came his prophetic words: "I really believe this team has the capabilities of some major upsets and going on a big run in January and February."

The Bruins will face No. 4 Annapolis and Southern-Harwood among their remaining regular-season games. They could also face the likes of 13-1 Thomas Johnson in the Class 4A East Regional playoffs.

Said Kazmarek, "It was like old times at Broadneck on Friday. It will be interesting to see what happens the rest of the way."

Four vie for shot

With six Anne Arundel County league games left, Annapolis' boys team (15-0, 10-0 league) has all but clinched a berth in the county championship game. That leaves four teams tied for second, which carries the right to play the Panthers for the title.

No. 9 Meade, No. 18 Glen Burnie, North County and Southern-Harwood are all 7-3 in the league. Meade, of course, was upset by Broadneck; Glen Burnie split two games; North County lost a pair, with one of them coming at the hands of Southern, which won twice.

Sideliners

Struggling a couple of weeks ago, the St. Mary's boys team is on a roll. On the road, it pulled off a stunner against No. 15 Gilman, 70-61, on Friday. Gilman is leading the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference. Jeff Postell had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the 14-8 Saints, who avenged an 86-73 loss in December to the Greyhounds (15-7, 8-1). The Saints, 6-3 in the league, will be one of the top six teams in the playoffs from the nine-team conference. ... Annapolis' boys (15-0) have won a record 51 in a row over county opponents and 60 of 61 since the 1998-99 season. The Panthers are 87-5 overall in that time. ... No. 2 Archbishop Spalding (18-3) will play host to one of Pennsylvania's top teams in Trinity High (19-0) at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15. It's an addition to the Cavs' schedule after the Chambersburg (Pa.) Shootout was snowed out last week. ... Coach Butch Young, who is in his 25th season at Meade and 35th in the county, is 10 wins away from becoming Anne Arundel's third 500-game winner. His record is 490-305.

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