G. Burnie, Old Mill aiming for title game

SIDELINES

January 16, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

Sooner or later, an Anne Arundel County boys basketball team may knock off No. 6 ranked Annapolis. But for now the Panthers have to be considered one of the prime candidates to play in the county championship game on Feb. 25 at Chesapeake.

Barring an unlikely Annapolis collapse, the question is: Who will play the Panthers for the county title?

Tomorrow's No. 17 Glen Burnie at Old Mill game could have a bearing on the answer to that question. Here's why.

The Panthers (9-1 overall, 5-0 county) took over first place with their 69-49 romp over No. 20 Meade (7-4, 3-3) on Tuesday. It was their 64th straight regular-season victory in the county league.

Severna Park (5-6, 3-3) upset Glen Burnie (8-1, 4-1), 60-50, to knock the Gophers out of first place Tuesday.

Tysheem Jones' 21 points led the Falcons' upset. Mitch Guest had 27 points for the Gophers.

Meanwhile, Old Mill (7-3, 4-1) moved into a second-place tie with the Gophers with a 54-49 victory over much improved Broadneck (5-6, 2-4).

Old Mill's only league loss was to Annapolis. Glen Burnie and Annapolis meet Feb. 3.

Delray Eldridge, who led the Patriots with 14 points, broke a 49-49 tie with 21 seconds left, and Old Mill went on to the win.

The two north-county neighbors, Glen Burnie and Old Mill, met in December in the Gophers' James T. Bogle Invitational with the host team prevailing, 68-65.

There will be a third meeting, the second county league game on Feb. 18 at Glen Burnie. By then, things could be really tight among several teams in what is a 16-game league schedule.

Going into tomorrow, Meade and Severna Park are 3-3 while Arundel (6-5) and Southern-AA (6-5) are 3-2.

Sideliners

The fifth-ranked Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers boys basketball team is in Vandalia, Ohio - just outside of Dayton - Saturday through Monday for the inaugural Flyin' to the Hoop National Holiday Invitational Tournament. ... Broadneck had a good home win, 47-44, over No. 19 St. Mary's (14-5) on Monday as Howard Gibson scored a game-high 15 points. ... The Saints bounced back Tuesday to defeat Annapolis Area Christian School (6-7), 55-43, as Mike Zurfluh and Jeff Postell combined for 25 points.

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