Oakland Mills boys rout Broadneck for District V title

February 23, 2011|By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun

All through its undefeated regular season, the Oakland Mills boys basketball team was decidely superior against its Howard County competition.

Nothing changed when Anne Arundel County's best, No. 13 Broadneck, challenged the No. 4 Scorpions in Wednesday night's District V championship game at Mount Hebron.

The Howard County champions brought more size, quickness and athleticisim to the title game, and it was apparent early. Behind a pestering zone trap and a 23-point performance from 6-foot-9 senior Greg Whittington, Oakland Mills scored the game's first 20 points to come away with a 58-24 win over the Bruins.

Whittington scored nine points in the first quarter and five teammates also scored to provide the Scorpions with a 20-0 advantage going into the second quarter. The Bruins missed their first 11 shots and turned the ball over eight times before Taquan Colbert scored an inside basket 53 seconds into the second quarter.

Oakland Mills will take a 23-0 record into the Class 2A South regional playoffs, while the Bruins (20-3) will look to bounce back in Class 4A East. Both teams will begin their quest for regional titles on Monday after earning a bye in Friday's opening round.

The Scorpions are hoping this impressive performance is a prelude to bigger things.

"This is a big step for us," Whittington said. "It's like a playoff atmosphere, so we knew we had to come out and play hard. When we did that, good things happened. If we keep playing like this, we can go really far. The more confidence we have, the better we play, so hopefully we continue to play well."

Kerry Bethea scored nine points, with point guard Joe Kiely (six points) playing a fine all-around game at both ends for the winners.

Colbert led Broadneck with eight points.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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