Broadneck takes Unseld title

24-5 third period ignites rout of Centennial in final

No. 8 Broadneck 71 Centennial 51

Boys basketball

December 30, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

The teams were ready to start the second half of the 21st Wes Unseld Classic final last night, but there was a problem with the basket at Broadneck's offensive end at CCBC-Catonsville.

As it was, the championship game had started late because of a couple of overtimes in other games. Now, the announcer asked for everyone's patience as the Catonsville crew prepared to repair the basket.

The rim was bent slightly, but Broadneck coach Johnny Williams was anxious to play and told tournament officials to forget about it.

No. 8 Broadneck led Centennial by two at the half and Williams' players were fired up. The Bruins then put on a show in the third period on the way to a 71-51 rout of the Eagles (7-3) to win the Unseld for the sixth time since it began in 1986. It was the Bruins' first crown since 1994.

Broadneck (9-0) erupted for a 24-5 third period while shooting at the bent-rim basket. Five players scored four points or more in the quarter. All-Tournament players Clyde Gross and Kevin Hunt led the way with six points each.

"We were eager to get the second half started," Williams said. His team was 32-for-67 from the floor in the game, and 12-for-19 in the third period.

"We had a bit of a `who struck John' meeting at halftime and I think they needed an awakening to understand what it was we were playing for in our legacy here in the Wes Unseld," Williams said.

"We came out with that fire and I didn't want to take that away from them and wanted to get started right away. I didn't care if the basket was sideways."

Williams led Broadneck to the Unseld title in 1990 and took Most Valuable Player honors.

Gross, who scored eight points in the first period, finished with 16 points to take Unseld MVP honors. The flashy junior guard scored 53 points in Broadneck's three wins in the tournament.

Hunt had game highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds, seven on the defensive end.

"We just needed to play defense and work as a team in the second half to get it done," said Hunt, who scored 45 points in the classic.

JJ Hicks was a third Bruin in double digits with 12 points to go with his six rebounds.

Pat Speicher led the Eagles with 13 points and Matt Hein chipped in 10. The duo was also named to the All-Tournament team.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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