Games To Watch

December 19, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY

BOYS BASKETBALL

No. 15 Arundel @ No. 8 Broadneck

WHEN -- Tomorrow, 6:45 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- Both teams are 4-0, but only the visiting Wildcats' start is surprising. Under first-year coach Jeff Starr, the Wildcats appear to have depth. The Wildcats have outstanding guards in Jordan Benson, Julian Watson and Meade transfer Mandel Brown. Broadneck will need to slow down Arundel to win. J.J. Hicks is a scoring force for the Bruins, while Kevin Hunt is their top rebounder. If Hunt controls the boards, Hicks will score enough to post a Broadneck victory because of the home-court advantage.

THE SUN'S PICK -- Broadneck

Annapolis @ Severna Park

WHEN -- Tomorrow, 6:45 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- The visiting Panthers entered the week at 3-0, with Garee Boston leading the way. The Falcons came into the week at 2-1 after losing to Arundel, 72-54, on Friday. Annapolis knocked off the Falcons in the regular season last year only to be upset by them in the regionals. More than half of Severna Park's team is new this season, and the players are learning to work together. Brad Bald, at 6 feet 8, gives the Falcons an advantage in the paint. The Panthers' quickness and familiarity with one other should lead to a road victory.

THE SUN'S PICK -- Annapolis

GIRLS BASKETBALL

No. 12 Southern @ No. 10 South River

WHEN -- Tomorrow, 5 p.m.

OUTLOOK -- This is quite a neighborhood rivalry, with each team returning their main offensive players this season. Off to a 2-1 start entering this week, the visiting Bulldogs are led by the Schneck twins, seniors Heather and Kim, while Jordan Cohen and Jasmine Wills also contribute to the offense. The host Seahawks may have the edge in scoring, with returning county Player of the Year Jaclyn Nucci and Amanda Lawrence. South River's overall talent should be the difference, as first-year coach Mike Zvic goes against Southern's Linda Kilpatrick, the county's all-time winningest girls basketball coach.

THE SUN'S PICK -- South River

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