Broadneck downs Meade to regain footing
Teams that suffer two straight losses usually need a good practice to help get back on track.Broadneck’s boys basketball team did the next best thing. After a pair of losses that brought them back to the pack in the county standings, the Bruins rebounded in a big way by winning at Meade, 69-54, on Tuesday.
Broadneck (14-4) watched a nine-point lead late in the first half turn into a one-point deficit early in the third quarter, but responded by hitting five 3-pointers during a 23-point quarter.“We were excited to have the opportunity to get back out there this evening,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “We had a tough game (Monday) night against Annapolis and the ball didn’t fall our way.”The Bruins had a 29-20 lead with three minutes left in the first half, but watched the Mustangs close the half on a 8-0 run to go into halftime down by just a point. Meade’s Tre Dunn scored early in the third quarter to complete a 10-0 run and put the Mustangs back on top. After Nick Gatton drew a charge, Jamar Young hit a 3-pointer that started a 7-0 run and put the Bruins ahead for good.Young, who finished with 16 points, hit three 3-pointers during the Bruins’ third-quarter run.“We just had to put it aside. We definitely needed this win,” Young said. “Coach told us this year could really be our year, so we’re just trying to take it step by step.
”Che Colbert, who led the Bruins with 17 points and was one of three starters in double-figures, hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight points in the third. Six of his points came over the final three minutes of the frame and helped the Bruins go into the fourth up by 12.“In the third quarter, we knew we had to come out with intensity, bring it back together and just get a lead,” Colbert said. “If one of us isn’t on, we know we can just bring in someone else and they can do it.”Logan Vican added 12 points, including eight in the second half. The Bruins led by as much as 17 early in the fourth, but the Mustangs fought back to within nine with 2:40 left. Young scored, then Vican scored off a nice feed from Mike Cantrell to extend the lead and helped the Bruins close the game out.
After hitting four 3-pointers in the first half, Broadneck finished with nine.“I think their 3-point shooting was the difference in the game,” Meade coach Mike Glick said. “They were the better team tonight and in the second half they took it to us.”Broadneck, the last team to lose a game in county play, improved to 11-2 in the county. Annapolis kept pace with the Bruins and improved to 11-2, while Old Mill is a half game back at 10-2. Following a 16-game county schedule, the top two teams will play in the county championship on Feb. 23 at North County.
“The kids are aware, and it’s a goal of ours,” Williams said. “We’d like to be in the county championship and we’d like to be in the region championship as well.”Mazhi Thames scored 22 points and added three assists to lead Meade (14-4 overall, 9-3 county). Dunn followed with 14 points and eight rebounds and TJ Speight added 13 points.“I’m actually proud right now to be 14-4 and to be where we are,” Glick said. “We just need to get better and move on to the next game.”