Win tomorrow gets Meade berth in county basketball title game

SIDELINES

February 14, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A victory by Meade at home over Chesapeake tomorrow will put the Mustangs in the Anne Arundel County boys basketball championship game against undefeated Annapolis on Tuesday at Broadneck at 7:15 p.m.

No. 3 Annapolis (21-0) is 15-0 in the county league and, since clinching a berth, has been waiting for its foe.

With one league game left, No. 10 Meade (16-5), No. 17 Glen Burnie (14-7) and No. 18 Southern-Harwood (14-7) are all tied for second at 11-4 each.

That's the result of a 71-69 upset of Glen Burnie by Old Mill (8-13, 7-8) on Tuesday, when Meade and Southern each won.

"They made the plays at the end, so what are you going to do?" asked Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd, whose Gophers knocked off Meade, 71-64, last week.

Sean Baynham, who had a game-high 23 points for Old Mill, hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to give the Patriots a 70-69 lead. Anthony Price added a free throw with two seconds left to conclude the scoring.

Chesapeake, Meade's opponent tomorrow, is 2-13 in the league and 3-17 overall.

If all three win - Glen Burnie hosts North County (13-8, 10-5) and Southern visits Severna Park (13-8, 8-7) - Meade wins the berth by virtue of the third step in the county's championship criteria (most wins, including tournaments).

That would also apply to a Meade and Glen Burnie tie since the teams split two league games.

In a three-way tie for county wins, the second step of head-to-head doesn't work, either. So Meade would win, one step away from a coin flip.

If Southern and Glen Burnie tie, Southern would go because ofbeating the Gophers, 58-55.

In a Southern and Meade tie, Meade would prevail because of its 61-37 victory over the Bulldogs.

4A East region race

In addition to advancing to the county championship with a win over Chesapeake, Meade also can clinch the No. 2 seed in next week's region playoffs.

Meade would be 15-5 in games that count (tournament games do not), behind Frederick's top-seeded Thomas Johnson (15-0).

Glen Burnie (14-6) can take the third seed with a win at North County.

However, if North County upsets Glen Burnie, which took the first meeting, 57-50, Frederick could move up to third.

The Gophers and North County each would be 13-7 and flip a coin for fourth seed at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. playoff draw at Arundel High.

Annapolis is expected to land the No. 1 seed in the 3A East regional.

Spalding hunts two titles

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding (24-5) can win two boys basketball titles at home Sunday by defeating Cardinal Gibbons (14-16, 5-9).

First, the Cavaliers would take the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference regular-season title and top seed in next week's postseason tournament at Goucher with a 13-3 record.

They also would win the Catholic League regular-season title with a 12-2 mark.

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