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No. 15 Mustangs close strong after blowing fourth quarter lead to remain undefeated in Anne Arundel County boys basketball

Kyree Scott answered the call for Meade boys basketball Friday evening. The senior scored 18 points, including two 3-point plays in the final quarter as the 15th-ranked Mustangs remained undefeated in Anne Arundel County league play with a 67-60 home victory over Northeast. (Trevor Colgan)

Kyree Scott smiled as he walked to the free throw line late in the waning seconds of Friday’s Meade/Northeast boys basketball game.

The Meade guard converted a basket and was fouled. He completed the 3-point play with the free throw which was enough for the 15th-ranked and host Mustangs to outlast Northeast, 67-60, in Anne Arundel County.

“It’s a big win,” Scott said. “That’s what we needed. We’ve been playing up and down, this is the first good game we’ve had for all 32 minutes. That’s what we needed for the next level.”

The victory keeps the Mustangs (10-1 overall, 8-0 Anne Arundel), the defending Anne Arundel regular season champs, tied atop the standings with South River (7-0 Anne Arundel).

The big individual matchup was Meade’s Xavion Roberson against Northeast’s Cameron Albury. The dynamic guards didn’t disappoint, with Roberson scoring 18, and Albury finishing with 16.

But there were other showstoppers Friday evening. Shawn Jones led all scorers with 21 for the Mustangs with Scott pitching in 18. The Eagles got 20 points from Shamar Johnson and Jaydss Fifer added 14.

Meade’s senior experience proved valuable Friday, especially Scott’s.

Mustangs coach Mike Glick called him the “MVP” of Friday’s game.

“He’s been really really playing well,” Glick said. “He just gives us that third scoring option, that third punch. That really gives us another level.”

Meade led 15-13 after the opening quarter before extending its lead to 37-30 at halftime. Roberson scored eight points in the second quarter, while Jones scored six.

The Mustangs led 57-47 in the fourth quarter after a Jones layup, but Northeast went on a 10-0 run, featuring six points from Johnson, to pull even.

Meade responded as Roberson hit from three, and Scott converted a 3-point play for a 63-57 lead. Fifer’s 3-pointer brought the Eagles to 63-60 before another 3-point play by Jones helped put the Mustangs over the top.

“It’s just a really good high school game,” Glick said. “I was really proud of our kids. It’s a typical game where you can never get out in front, they kept coming back. I was really proud of how resilient our guys were.”

Northeast coach Roger O’Dea was proud of his team’s tenacity, battling back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter.

The Eagles (10-3, 5-2 Anne Arundel), however, weren’t able to close the deal.

“Just off on a couple things,” O’Dea said. “Just lost a little focus here and there.”

Which was what Meade had in the end.

“We got experience,” Scott said. “We don’t panic.”

NO. 15 MEADE 67, NORTHEAST 60

Meade – Xavion Roberson 18, Shawn Jones 21, Kyree Scott 18, John Teague 4, Lucaya Baldridge 6. Totals 26 11-18 67.

Northeast – Cameron Albury 16, Jadyss Fifer 14, Tim Saval 2, Shamar Johnson 20, Johnnie Hutton 2, Anthony Sheehan 2, Chase Buttry 4. Totals 25 7-8 60.

Meade 15 22 16 14 — 67

Northeast 13 17 17 13 — 60

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Meade boys basketball earns gritty win over rival Old Mill, 74-70, to remain unbeaten
By Katherine Fominykh
Capital Gazette Dec 21, 2022 at 10:06 pm

The true end of Old Mill and Meade’s electric, unrelenting caffeine rush of a pre-Christmas clash didn’t match the tone of the game one bit. It was 6-foot-6 Shawn Jones standing at the foul line with a tenth of a second on the clock, lifting a pair of free throws to close Meade’s 74-70 win Wednesday.

In a game filled with high-intensity fast breaks, turnovers and lead changes, Jones, who netted 11 free throws , was the catalyst in the third quarter the Mustangs (5-0) needed to freeze their archrivals’ run and ultimately head into the holiday weekend undefeated.

And he wasn’t the only one. The Mustangs shot 14-for-22 from the foul line, with contributions from Zamar Jones, Xavion Roberson and Lucaya Baldridge.

“This definitely gives us experience so when we get into the long run, we know who to give the ball to on the free throw line,” said Jones, who netted 21 points. “Then, we’re all confident and we believe in each other.”

This last week has not been kind to Meade. Facing two bitter rivals in Old Mill (1-4) and Arundel, and a top MIAA B Conference team Indian Creek, has laid the Mustangs’ faces to the flames every other night without much of a break to absorb it all.

But it’s been essential for a team whose secret is out. Everyone’s gunning for the Class 4A state semifinalists.

“It’s good for us to be in a close game like this,” Meade coach Mike Glick said, “No matter how good we’re supposed to be, or how much talent and returning players we’re supposed to have, Arundel and Old Mill are the rivals. For us to go to Old Mill, to go to Arundel and find a way to survive and advance, that’s huge for us.”

It was difficult for either team to establish momentum with the game pausing for technical difficulties and timeouts. But even in between, there wasn’t much for either team to chew on as the teams traded the lead back and forth.

One player was clearly tired of that stress. Zamar Jones proved why he’s one of the county’s most effective shooters, even with only five varsity games to his name. Hitting two 3-pointers and another jumper was only his warmup.

The junior rolled up to the tip of the arc again, popping a graceful 3 with ease for a 22-15 lead with the first quarter not yet over.

“I love it,” Roberson said. “He makes shots, he plays good defense. And he’s just gonna get better. He’s a great addition to the team.”

But Old Mill can shoot from the perimeter, too. Jahson Moreau hit one with about 20 seconds left, then sophomore Brian Poore’s bucket sunk the moment the buzzer blared, carving Meade’s lead to just one, 22-21, at the end of the first.

Now, anyone and everyone looked for their chance. Poore (12 points) hit another; Meade’s Kesean Graham struck one for himself.

In the second quarter, the Mustangs started converting from the foul line. Old Mill soon found itself in a seven-point hole.

But when Meade fell silent, Old Mill jumped at the opportunity. Every Patriot on the floor sunk shots, leading to junior guard Ryan Stacy (21 points) giving the Patriots a 36-34 lead at the halftime buzzer. And he wasn’t done.
Stacy came out of the break with another quick six points, pushing the advantage to 42-34.

“They were up by six and we were able to make a run back,” Glick said. “Getting stops and getting out in transition was key.”

The Mustangs turned a pair of steals into layups and netted another four points from the foul stripe. With both offenses revitalized, the two lashed baskets at one another, tipping control back and forth as they had in the first. Even with Meade pulling significantly more free throw chances, it mattered little when the Patriots answered with layups.

Meade held a slim 55-53 lead after three, but soon found itself tied at 62 halfway through the fourth.

The Mustangs understood the key to their success: Slow it down, begin with the point and let it flow into a set-play. They know their plays, Shawn Jones said, and when they executed, their lead grew.

“We started to get some stops that we needed,” Roberson, who finished with 18 points, added. “That was big. I feel like we’re going to keep getting better on the defensive end. We’re going to keep improving before we pull a championship.”

Glick is grateful that the Mustangs can exhale now over Christmas. They’re looking forward to pulling up film, examining the Xs and Os, and improving the gameplay off the court.

“Right now, we don’t have attention to detail as a team. We’re turning over the ball too much over trying to force plays that aren’t there, instead of being patient on offense,” Glick said. “But the kids are resilient. They found a way to win.”

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HIGH SCHOOL
Shawn Jones scores 24 as Meade boys basketball dispatches Indian Creek, 76-61
By Katherine Fominykh
Capital Gazette

Dec 19, 2022 at 9:16 pm

The Meade boys basketball team that defeated Indian Creek on Friday isn’t a complete package yet. The Mustangs just finished their fourth game — and fourth win — and are still ironing out the wrinkles that formed in the offseason.

But when Meade is on, it’s on. A mix of seasoned returners and sparkling newcomers proved why it’s still the team to watch in the county by controlling the second half and engineering a 76-61 victory over Indian Creek on Monday.

The game was a return of sorts for Eagles coach Pete Corriero, who coached the Mustangs to two state championships. But it didn’t feel like a homecoming for Corriero, who teaches many of the Meade players in his gym class. It’s also been five years since he coached the team, he said. That’s a lot of time, especially now in a post-quarantine-era.

For him, Monday was about focusing on Indian Creek and the future.

“This game helps us in the long run,” he said, “with a hard physical team to get us in the right place before the MIAA conference play starts.”

The Eagles (9-6) packed their first month with a sampling of teams from the MIAA A Conference to the cream of the public school crop. Corriero wanted to sharpen his players’ chemistry and speed before conference play.

Against Meade (4-0), he saw some of the same mistakes he knows his team will correct with time: stopping teams in transition, unforced turnovers and rebounding.

“We take great pride in teams that can box out and rebound. I’m not saying the effort isn’t there, but there’s a technique to it — and we’re not there yet,” Corriero said.

For Meade, the win comes just a few days after an “emotional” battle with rival Arundel on Friday and lies two days before one against Old Mill. Despite some new faces — such as Zamar Jones who netted four 3-pointers on Monday — this, by coach Mike Glick’s perspective, is pretty much the same team as last year’s that simply needs to shake off some rust.

“We just have to get better,” Glick said. “[Indian Creek is] a good team and we weathered the storm.”

Continuity of offense is the key. Meade flourished in transition, on 3-point shooting and in the paint in the last year, and did the same in spurts Monday. Shawn Jones, a 6-foot-6 senior who scored 24 points, sparked many of Meade’s runs,

When it became clear that Indian Creek couldn’t manage the whole floor, Meade snapped at the advantage. Kyree Scott, Zamar Jones and Shawn Jones steadily built Meade’s 12-1 lead. But it was a thin, toppling tower of a lead, as the Eagles soon proved.

Corriero’s came out of a timeout on a run. Defensively, Kyndall Crawford (14 points) consumed the floor, along with Kyle Harvin (15 points), picking the ball from a Mustangs squad growing increasingly frantic with every passing point.

The Eagles scored 13 straight, bypassing Meade on a basket from Aiden Evans (12 points).

While Meade struggled to accomplish much in the paint, it still possessed an ace on the perimeter. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Zamar Jones regained control for the Mustangs, who led 20-14 after one quarter.

“We have to quit fouling … and we have to do a better job of sharing the basketball and get the ball to the other person to get the shots,” Glick said. “We’re not playing our best basketball, but it’s early. It’s all about improvement.”

But Meade was still waiting on someone, a figure they’d come to rely on for two years and struggled to turn up against Indian Creek’s box-and-one defense.

The Joneses set the table and cleared the plates, particularly Shawn, who netted 12 points by halftime. But when Xavion Roberson started opening up inside and outside, the Mustangs put distance between themselves and their guests, leading at the half, 40-32.

The energy was too slow, intensity too muffled for Meade’s liking. They talked about picking it up at halftime.

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No. 9 Mustangs make free throws down stretch to remain undefeated in boys basketball

By Trevor Colgan
Published on: December 17, 2022 9:44 AM EST

Meade basketball coach Mike Glick talks strategy with his team during Friday evening’s Anne Arundel County boys contest with Arundel. The No. 9 Mustangs improved to 4-0 with a hard fought 84-78 victory in Gambrills.
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Meade High boys basketball coach Mike Glick challenged Shawn Jones this week to improve on his free throw shooting. In his team’s toughest challenge of the young season Friday, Jones came through with clutch makes from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter as No. 9 Meade defeated Arundel, 84-78, in an Anne Arundel County contest in Gambrills.

Jones paced Meade with 20 points Friday, including 4-of-7 from the stripe. He went 0-for-5 at the line in the Mustangs’ win over Severna Park earlier in the week.

“It was just the mental part of my game,” Jones said. “I just took my time, blocked out the noise and believed in my shot.”

Jones was joined at the free throw line by Xavion Roberson and Eric Brown in the final seconds as Meade remained perfect (4-0 overall and Anne Arundel) in the young season. The Mustangs made 19-of-33 free throws Friday.

It was far from perfect, but Glick saw his team do just enough to pick up a tough league win.

“For us, it’s a really good litmus test,” Glick said. “I think it wakes us up a little bit and makes us understand that every time you’re playing people are coming after you. And we have to get better.”

Meade, which reached the Class 4A state semifinals after winning the Anne Arundel regular season crown, started fast with a 10-point first quarter lead. The Mustangs upped it to 13 after a Zamar Jones 3-pointer, but Arundel, which won the Anne Arundel championship match over Meade last season, responded.

The Wildcats, behind three straight 3-pointers from Erick Beavers, cut Meade’s lead to three at 32-29. After Shawn Jones made a basket, Arundel’s Noah Frayer hit from deep to cut the Meade lead to 34-32. Kyree Scott ended the half with a three-point play to swing some momentum back to the Mustangs.

Coming out of the half, the Wildcats tied the game at 37 with a Samson Anjorin free throw and two Frayer layups. As fast as the junior captain — who scored 37 on Friday — heated up for Arundel, Roberson sparked a run of his own.

He responded with a floater to put the Mustangs back up, 39-37. With his team down, 41-40, Roberson scored the next six points after that to regrow the Mustangs lead to 46-41.

He finished with 28 points Friday.

“It makes your job a lot easier when you have a great point guard that not only can score, but facilitate,” Glick said.

Meade grew its lead to as many as 12 in the second half before the Wildcats clawed back. Frayer scored on back-to-back possessions to cut the Mustang lead to 75-72. Shawn Jones made both from the line to restore a five-point lead.

Xavion Roberson sparked Meade boys basketball to victory Friday evening with a game-high 28 points. The No. 9 Mustangs defeated Arundel in an Anne Arundel County contest. (Trevor Colgan)
Arundel (1-3, 1-1 Anne Arundel) has lost by a total of nine points in its three losses this season.

Wildcats coach Rodney Ramsey can see his team taking the next step soon.

“We’ve played great competition, and they’re young,” Ramsey said. “It’s good for us to get these bumps now.”

Though Meade answered its biggest challenge Friday, it realizes it’s only the beginning.

“I like it man, but I’m not satisfied,” Roberson said. “I want to win the county championship and the state championship this year.”

NO. 9 MEADE 84, ARUNDEL 78

Meade – Xavion Roberson 28, Shawn Jones 20, Kyree Scott 12, John Teague 4, Zamar Jones 12, Lucaya Baldridge 4, Eric Brown 2, Sylvan Amegashie 2. Totals 30 19-33 84.

Arundel – Noah Frayer 37, Samson Anjorin 8, Kofi Duro 3, Ryan Alston 7, Aqeel Sana 7, Kaled Omotosho 2, Erick Beavers 14. Totals 27 15-27 78.

Meade- 23 14 20 27 — 84

Arundel- 13 19 17 29 — 78

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HIGH SCHOOL
Anne Arundel 2022-23 boys basketball preview: Meade, Glen Burnie, South River projected to lead the county in a return to normalcy
By Katherine Fominykh
Capital Gazette

Dec 05, 2022 at 4:29 pm

Coach Mike Glick celebrates wit the Meade boys basketball team after a playoff win last season. Meade is expected to be one of the top teams again in Anne Arundel County, and also a Class 4A state championship contender.
Coach Mike Glick celebrates wit the Meade boys basketball team after a playoff win last season. Meade is expected to be one of the top teams again in Anne Arundel County, and also a Class 4A state championship contender. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

Normalcy. It’s a word coveted by so many people across the world for nearly three full years and one many sports have reached in many phases since the coronavirus pandemic began.

But it’s not one that Anne Arundel boys basketball experienced last year.

A coronavirus surge hit in Mid-December, forcing a slew of teams to shut down. Few teams continued on through the holiday break, and the disparity of play and experience was evident between teams who did shut down and those who did not.

Things may be changing for season season, and parity may be returning.

“Teams have had a much more productive summer and preseason,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “It’s been easy to see that the level of basketball should get back to being solid throughout the county.”

Turnout has been a big contributor to that return to normal as well. Teams report seeing good numbers across the board.

As for who should emerge as early contenders for the top, well, that will likely resemble the end of last winter’s standings. Namely, Meade.

The Mustangs graduated key figures in guards Andre Campbell and Bryson Spruell, but what it retains — starters like seniors Xavion Robinson (All-County first team), Shawn Jones, John Teague and Kyree Scott — should maintain Meade’s elevated status in the county.

Coach Mike Glick named chemistry and defense as the team’s best qualities, things that propelled Meade to the Class 4A state semifinals last winter.

“Our goal is to win the 4A state championship,” Glick said.
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Coach Mike Glick celebrates wit the Meade boys basketball team after a playoff win last season. Meade is expected to be one of the top teams again in Anne Arundel County, and also a Class 4A state championship contender.
Coach Mike Glick celebrates wit the Meade boys basketball team after a playoff win last season. Meade is expected to be one of the top teams again in Anne Arundel County, and also a Class 4A state championship contender. (Paul W. Gillespie/Capital Gazette)

Normalcy. It’s a word coveted by so many people across the world for nearly three full years and one many sports have reached in many phases since the coronavirus pandemic began.

But it’s not one that Anne Arundel boys basketball experienced last year.

A coronavirus surge hit in Mid-December, forcing a slew of teams to shut down. Few teams continued on through the holiday break, and the disparity of play and experience was evident between teams who did shut down and those who did not.

Things may be changing for season season, and parity may be returning.

“Teams have had a much more productive summer and preseason,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “It’s been easy to see that the level of basketball should get back to being solid throughout the county.”

Turnout has been a big contributor to that return to normal as well. Teams report seeing good numbers across the board.

As for who should emerge as early contenders for the top, well, that will likely resemble the end of last winter’s standings. Namely, Meade.

The Mustangs graduated key figures in guards Andre Campbell and Bryson Spruell, but what it retains — starters like seniors Xavion Robinson (All-County first team), Shawn Jones, John Teague and Kyree Scott — should maintain Meade’s elevated status in the county.

Coach Mike Glick named chemistry and defense as the team’s best qualities, things that propelled Meade to the Class 4A state semifinals last winter.

“Our goal is to win the 4A state championship,” Glick said.