Broadneck and Meade entered Wednesday's boys basketball showdown as the top two teams in Anne Arundel County. And the first half played out as such, with Meade taking a one-point lead into the break. However, Broadneck used a strong zone defense and a barrage of 3-pointers in the third quarter to outscore the Mustangs 20-4 and take control of the game, pulling away for a 58-42 victory.
With the win, the host Bruins sit alone atop the county standings heading into the final week of the regular season.
Meade opened the game by knocking down a couple of 3-pointers and ran out to a 10-2 lead. Some coaches would've called a timeout, but Broadneck boys basketball head coach John Williams chose to let his players settle into the game and respond. And respond they did, answering the Mustangs with a 14-0 run of their own, forcing Meade coach Mike Glick to use a timeout.
Williams explained his decision, saying, “We have a battle-tested group and I'm of the mindset to save my timeouts. I thought they'd get their feet under them, but you kind of hold your breath until a couple shots go down.”
Jordan Brown led the Bruins with 28 points and Jalen Carter added 14, while the Bruins were able to hold a good offensive team in Meade well below their season scoring average. Broadneck typically plays man-to-man defense, but Williams used more zone against Meade.
“My assistants have been encouraging me to trust the zone,” Williams said, “and we've done a good job of preventing dribble drive attacks, which has helped us become a better defense.”
Michael Schwob and Kyle Miles each pulled down 10 rebounds to help limit second-chance opportunities for the Mustangs.
As the regular season winds down, Broadneck is playing some of its best basketball heading toward the playoffs. But first, a possible rematch looms with Meade in the county championship game, scheduled for Saturday, February 18. Awaiting the Bruins in the playoffs is a Severna Park team that is also playing well and a South River team that finally seems to be healthy.
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