Holland, Denny send Broadneck by Arundel, 58-44

Inside-outside pair helps Bruins reach semifinals

Glen Burnie also advances

Class 4A East region boys basketball

March 03, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Andrew Holland was hot from the perimeter while Alex Denny guarded the inside on both ends as host Broadneck eliminated Arundel, 58-44, in a Class 4A East region boys basketball quarterfinal in Cape St. Claire last night.

Holland, a four-year starting guard for the Bruins (14-8), was 9-for-10 at the free-throw line in the last 2:20 of the game and finished with a game-high 31 points.

"My teammates were setting screens for me and the big man [Denny] kept setting picks for me at the top of the key," said Holland, who was 5-for-10 in three-point attempts."

Denny, a 6-foot-4 senior, had 10 rebounds and six blocked shots as well as six points.

"I really don't have the athleticism to get good blocks and I just try to tip it away and be a presence down there," said Denny. "It's just good on the ball defense forcing them to take bad shots and it's a credit to my teammates."

The Bruins, who pushed a 34-29 lead after three periods to 46-35 with 3:11 left, will play a 4A East region semifinal tomorrow at Thomas Stone.

First-year coach Johnny Williams has guided the Bruins to their first region semifinal since 1998-99, the school's last winning season (16-9).

Last night, Williams' team had a 31-27 lead late in the third period when Corey Henderson, who led the Wildcats with 18 points, drove the lane for two and was fouled.

However, Henderson was assessed a technical for yelling after he scored. He missed the free throw that would have completed the three-point play with 39 seconds left.

"I thought Corey didn't get the benefit of the doubt from the officials," said Arundel coach Sam Golder. "He was excited after putting us within two points, but you can't blame it on that."

Holland made the first of two technical shots to make it 32-29 and Denny hit a short jumper off a rebound as time ran out in the third period.

"The technical on Corey was the turning point in the game, " said Holland. "Right after that we went on a run to take control of the game."

The Bruins, who shot 41 percent (18 of 44), went on an 8-2 run to take a 39-31 lead with 6:16 left.

Henderson, who fouled out with 1:48 left, scored 11 points in the first half as Broadneck took a 24-17 lead.

Denny said Henderson, who also had eight rebounds, was a major concern.

"He's one of the elite players in the county and we just wanted to draw the charges off him and force him to drive to the help-side," said Denny. "We think we do pretty well in the low post, so we were just trying to feed him to the help side."

No. 10 Glen Burnie 42, Chesapeake-AA 35: The defending 4A East region champion Gophers got 14 points each from Branden Albert and Delayne Nelson to win their quarterfinal and set a school record for victories (21-3).

Glen Burnie's leading scorer, Mitch Guest, did not play because of a team disciplinary matter, said coach Mike Rudd. Rudd added that Guest will be back for the semifinals, when Glen Burnie hosts Old Mill at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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