Broadneck scores win over St. Mary's

Bruins rally in third to take 62-45 victory

Holland scores 18 points

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 14, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Two coaches in contrasting building modes met in Annapolis last night in an Anne Arundel County nonleague boys basketball game.

Visiting Broadneck went on to post a 62-45 victory over St. Mary's after outscoring the Saints in the third period, 18-9.

Andrew Holland, a four-year starter, scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the Bruins' decisive period. Junior Brandon Abney was the only other Bruin in double figures and scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Andy Bennett paced the host Saints (4-11) with a game-high 21 points, and 6-4 senior Henry Harrison had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Broadneck (6-3), one of the county's 12 public schools, is adjusting to first-year coach Johnny Williams, who is establishing his playing style and building a team to his liking.

"We're coming along pretty good after struggling early be- cause of all the football players [from the 4A finalist] coming out late," said Holland.

Said Williams: "We're still figuring things out from half to half, quarter to quarter. Our full-court pressure is getting better, but we're still looking for consistency."

St. Mary's is the defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champion. Eighth-year coach Roger Reed has only three seniors, though, and is rebuilding.

"This is a big difference from last year, " said Bennett, who was a sophomore on last year's team.

"We've been improving and hope to come on at the end and make the playoffs."

The statistics really didn't tell the tale last night. St. Mary's hit only four of 28 shots from the field in the first half, but was in the game, trailing only by 21-20 at the half.

Converting 11 of 17 from the line and rebounding kept the Saints in it.

Broadneck was outrebounded 22-11 in the first half, yet had the lead. At the end of the night, the Bruins were outrebounded 35-22, 19-10 on the offensive side.

St. Mary's would finish with 24 percent from the field on 14 of 58 attempts to Broadneck's 44 percent on 24 of 55.

"Shooting has been an issue for us, and we've extended our time shooting in practice," said Reed. "We're trying to concentrate on some post plays, so we can get a little closer to the basket and take advantage of our strength. We have pretty good size boys in the frontcourt. "

Junior Matt Plyler, who is 6-6, and 6-2 senior Mike Rohrs had eight rebounds each for the Saints, but only seven points between them.

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