Key ends five-year climb with C Conference title

Notebook

February 27, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Key School's boys basketball team has come a long way since going winless five years ago in its inaugural season in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference.

On Sunday, the Obezags (gazebo spelled backward; there is a gazebo at the front of the school grounds) won the conference championship game over Saints Peter & Paul of Easton, 51-42, at Towson University's Towson Center.

It was the first varsity championship in any sport for the Obezags.

Senior guard Fahmy El Said led Key (13-11) with a game-high 18 points. Senior Steven Sligh scored 12 points, including going 8-for-8 from the foul line, and senior Theodore Anthony had 12 rebounds and four points.

Second-year coach Darryl Scott guided Key to a strong finish and the championship.

St. Mary's third-year coach Brian Konik nearly guided the Saints to a repeat MIAA B Conference title before bowing to No. 5 Mount Carmel, 58-50, in the final.

The Saints (18-10) defeated Mount Carmel three times last year on the way to the championship.

Archbishop Spalding basketball -- As the longtime assistant to Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey, Andy Bauer was used to being on the favorite in the Baltimore Catholic League tournament. The tables have been turned on Bauer, who is completing his first season as the coach of Archbishop Spalding (6-22). His team is a heavy underdog as the eighth seed and will play top-seeded Mount St. Joseph (28-3) in the first round of the 37th BCL tournament at 5:15 p.m. Monday at Loyola College. "I've really enjoyed my first season at Spalding, " said Bauer, whose Cavaliers have been led by Delmore Howard and Andre Moore. "It was one of my goals to coach varsity level. I've enjoyed it even with all the ups and downs and rebuilding process. The basic fundamentals that I'm trying to build pretty much mirror what we did over at St. Joe with Clatchey. Fundamentals and defense win championships." Spalding lost twice in the regular season to the Gaels - 52-27 and 70-42. "I'm looking forward to the tournament and playing Coach Clatchey one more time," Bauer said. "They're an amazing team. They're like surgeons who find your weakness and just dissect you. They have so many ways to beat you. But anything can happen, and that's why you play the games."

Quick hits -- After inclement weather postponed the first day of the county wrestling tournament Friday, John Miller, Arundel assistant coach and tournament director, and his staff were able to get it done in one day. Despite water leakage that muddled the problem, the event started at 9 a.m. Saturday and ended just before 7:30 p.m. ... Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd led his Gophers (12-9) to a 10th consecutive winning season, clinching it with a 63-49 win over Southern (6-15) on Feb. 19.

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