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Colbert leads Broadneck past Annapolis, 67-66

Che Colbert discusses Broadneck’s win over Annapolis (Dec. 21, 2018).

Even in their only loss, Che Colbert believes Broadneck hadn’t played with the kind of intensity the Bruins showed on Friday night all winter long.

“That game, we didn’t come out with intensity,” Colbert said. “This time, we knew we had to.”

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And they had to. In a game decided by milliseconds, in one that came down to the very last point, the Bruins had to win more moments than Annapolis did. Colbert, and his teammates, had to do more than play basketball. They had to endure like no other team had made them before.

With multiple players scoring in the double-digits, the Bruins outlasted the Panthers at the wire, 67-66. From first quarter to last, Colbert powered Broadneck (6-1) with 19 points, helped along by sky-high center Logan Vican and forward Jamar Young, who each had 16.

Broadneck would need a little time to figure its opponents out, though. As Annapolis ran ahead a little from the free-throw line, the Bruins, despite their imposing size, were finding themselves firing blanks on the rim.

Colbert’s five points kept the Panthers (4-2) mostly at bay, handing Broadneck a 15-13 lead at the buzzer.

“He’s a big game player, for sure. We rely on him quite a bit,” Bruins coach John Williams said.

Without size on their side, Annapolis had to reach a little higher. In scrums below the bucket, Broadneck’s long-armed posts won the tug of war more often than not – none more than Vican, who easily towered over every Panther on the court at six-foot-seven.

“They’re long and we’re not used to playing long teams,” Annapolis coach Dan Smalley said. “And they did a good job with it.”

The Bruins had also effectively neutralized the tallest Panther, Xavier Green, who only had an uncharacteristic six points on the game.

“[That was] very big, very big. Xavier hits a few shots earlier and it changes momentum a little bit,” Smalley said. “And that’s OK. Xavier will do better.”

So Annapolis had to truly battle to win the ball – and sometimes, they would have to rely on the ferocity not on the rebound, but on picking off Bruins out on the floor.

Sophomore Byron Ireland recorded a steal that led to his 3-pointer in the second. Ireland, who finished with 20 points, would have to hand it to the senior with No. 4 emblazoned on his back.

Zion Green (20 points) launched a pair of twos, a three and a free throw to pace the Panthers, who trailed Broadneck by just six heading into halftime.

Nick Gatton aided the Bruins in building the lead, posting six points of his own in the eight minutes.

It’d be the most comfortable margin Broadneck would carry for the rest of the night.

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Out of the break, Green fired one, two and three treys to keep the Panthers going. The Bruins would need wealth across the floor to never fall behind, but pretty soon, Annapolis had closed the gap. The two were locked, and not for the last time, at 38.

Vican’s action was essential to the Bruins’ reign in the third. As teammates Colbert, Young, Andrew Rose and Josh Ehrlich each added one or two two-pointers in the set, Vican posted six.

It wasn’t the first time Vican was a deciding factor in the Bruins’ success. His absence in Broadneck’s game with Indian Creek, Williams agreed, was a good reason the Bruins walked out with the loss.

“He created some problems on the offensive class,” Williams said. “He and Nick are both very athletic, they love playing together and that was evident on the court.”

He wouldn’t be the Broadneck’s last-moment salvation, though. The Bruins led Annapolis by just one, 47-46, into the fourth quarter – a fact that the Panthers relished and tried ferociously to erase.

Ireland tallied 10 points alone in those eight minutes, helped along by a three and some twos from the other Panthers. That, though, was just not quite enough to slow Broadneck down.

Jamar Young hadn’t quite been a factor in the game thus far. But a light turned on as Young stepped on the court in the fourth. Suddenly, the ball couldn’t be in his hands fast enough.

He amassed nine points in the frame, including a pair of treys. But as the clock drained to 43 seconds, Annapolis still had a perfectly possible chance of victory. They were behind by just three points.

But it just wouldn’t be enough. As time ran out, Ireland streaked down the court, trying to shoot just one layup at the buzzer, which would have brought Annapolis a victory they’d retell for generations.

Instead, it was over, and Broadneck had won.

“It reminds the kids we’ve got some improvement to do,” Smalley said. “They played a very good game, but we came out on the backside of it because of mistakes.”

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