Unbeaten Glen Burnie drops defeat on Old Mill

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 10, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Visiting Glen Burnie turned a one-point halftime deficit into a romp in the third quarter to defeat Old Mill, 66-51, in Anne Arundel County boys basketball game last night before more than 1,800.

In what was a matchup of two unbeaten, ranked teams, Mitch Guest, Branden Albert and Delayne Nelson led No. 7 Glen Burnie (8-0) in the crucial third quarter when the Gophers outscored the Patriots 24-11.

No. 19 Old Mill dropped to 8-1.

Guest, the Gophers' go-to guard, scored 11 of his game-high 24 points in the third quarter by going 5-for-8 from the field. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Albert grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds as the Gophers out-rebounded the Patriots 35-21, including 24-11 in the second half.

Albert also blocked six shots to go with his 10 points. Nelson scored five of his 12 points in the third quarter and finished with six rebounds and four steals.

"We owed them one because they got us twice [in the regular season] last year," said Guest, who has been hampered by a back problem and the flu. He was held to seven points in the first half.

"Some people have been saying that we've been playing cupcake teams, but they're a very good team," said Albert, whose team travels tonight to Montgomery County to face Magruder, ranked No. 5 by The Washington Post.

Old Mill couldn't find the range last night, shooting only 32 percent (21-for-66) to Glen Burnie's 43 percent (23-for-54).

"I don't know what happened in the second half, can't explain it," said Old Mill coach Greg Smith, whose Patriots shot just 7-for-33 in the last 16 minutes. They were 2-for-15 alone in the final quarter.

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