Late run keeps Bruins unbeaten

No. 4 Broadneck 66 No. 9 Glen Burnie 55

Boys basketball

January 17, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Glen Burnie would not go away, no matter what Broadneck did, until J.J. Hicks started a run in the final five minutes that would lead to a 66-55 victory for the No. 4 Bruins last night.

The victory at No. 9 Glen Burnie kept the Bruins (14-0, 8-0) boys basketball team undefeated in Anne Arundel County, the fastest start in school history. The Gophers fell to 11-3, 7-1.

Broadneck had tied the school-record 13-0 start by the 1988-89 team (22-2) .

"I was a sophomore on the '88-89 team and I think if we played them it would be quite a ballgame, but I think we would outplay them in the fourth quarter, " said John Williams, who is in his fourth season as coach of his alma mater.

Hicks made two free throws to push Broadneck's lead to 53-48 with 4:58 remaining. Hicks, a 6-foot-3 junior who had a game-high 25 points, scored four more points in a 10-0 run that left the Bruins with a 61-48 lead with 1:35 left on the clock.

"We knew we had to come out and play hard to get the victory," Hicks said. "It was a big win. They kept fighting to come back, but we regrouped to get the victory."

Broadneck, which shot 53 percent (27-for-51) to Glen Burnie's 34 percent (22-for-64), started the game with an 8-0 lead and had leads of 12 and 10 in the first half and 47-42 going into the final eight minutes.

Glen Burnie never led, but tied it at 37 two minutes into the second half on two free throws by Desean Antoine. Clyde Gross (12 points) and Hicks scored to rebuild the lead to 41-37.

"I felt like if we could have gotten ahead of them we would be OK, but we never could do that," said coach Mike Rudd, whose Gophers also lost to the Bruins on Dec. 12 in a nonleague game, 70-65.

"And that's to their credit. John has them playing extremely well. They run some really nice stuff. Our zone kind of slowed them up a little bit, but we didn't capitalize and missed so many point-blank shots."

Garrett Blackstone had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Antoine had 12 points and six rebounds for the Gophers.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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