An accident prevented Thomas Stone from arriving on time for the first game of Thursday’s James T. Bogle Invitational opener against Broadneck. Despite the 30-minute delay, the Cougars came ready to play, particularly on the glass.
Kevin Skidmore had 27 points while Ervin Locke and Shawn Barclay combined for 26 rebounds to offset Jamar Young’s game-high 29 points as the Cougars defeated the Bruins, 70-65.
Young scored all nine points in the first quarter for Broadneck (6-2), which started strong, but finished slow in the game’s first three quarters. The biggest surprise was the Bruins’ struggles on the boards.
“It was evident that they were just playing harder and tougher than we were,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “Just by the mere fact that they beat us on the offensive glass; they killed us on the offensive glass. I feel like the hustle points were in their favor as well. It hurts to say, but I have to question our intensity and overall focus there.”
Logan Vican added 13 points and seven rebounds and Che Colbert had 11 points for Broadneck, which led in every quarter except the fourth. In fact, the Bruins held a 34-31 lead midway through the third before Thomas Stone went on a decisive 11-0 run to take control of the game. Gary Grant, who had 15 points, was critical during that run, as well as the Cougars’ interior players on the glass.
“That has been our trademark all year, making those tough plays inside,” Thomas Stone coach Dale Lamberth said. “We struggled with that last year and the same guys are on the team. They just decided this summer and fall that they were not going to be a soft team this year.”
Vican opened the fourth with a basket to get the Bruins back within four, but that was the closest Thomas Stone (7-1) would allow Williams’ squad to get. Skidmore, who made five 3-pointers, had 12 in the fourth. The team went 23 for 30 from the foul line, compared to Broadneck’s 3 for 9.
“This is usually a difficult time of the year, but the better Broadneck teams we have had here have sustained their effort through this period of time,” Williams said. “We were not able to do that today. The true test of our character will come tomorrow when we see if we can bounce back.”
The Cougars’ ability to respond to Broadneck’s change-ups were key throughout the game as well.
“Broadneck made some good adjustments on us throughout the game,” Lamberth said. “We had to figure out what they were doing and we did not rotate well at all when we were trying to penetrate. Kevin just had a great game. We have never been a one-horse cart, so we try to get more guys involved in what we are doing all the time.”
Skidmore had eight in a one-point victory over Annapolis two weeks ago, but it was his sharp-shooting that got the job done this time around. And Locke’s work on the boards. He had 10 rebounds in the first half and 14 for the game, to go with nine points. Barclay had 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Young did everything possible to keep the Bruins close in the fourth, scoring 13 of the team’s 28 points in the fourth. He is one of four Broadneck players currently averaging double figures.
“Jamar has put in a lot of work and we are proud of the progress he has made,” Williams said. “He definitely came to play and there were times where he kept us in the game. Early on, he had the intensity and focus. We are trying to find some consistency as a whole with that.”
Broadneck will face North County on Friday at 1 p.m. in the consolation game of the Bogle Invitational’s Red Division.
CENTENNIAL 66, NORTH COUNTY 44: Joey Sedlacko had 26 points and five rebounds as the Eagles jumped out to an early lead and never trailed at the Bogle Invitational. Deontez Parker led the Knights (1-7) with 10 points. Shawn Lilly had seven points and four rebounds, while Carson Lowman and Rodney Wilkerson added six points apiece. Stafford Smith added 12 points and six rebounds and Ryan Hollwedel added 10 points for Centennial (4-2).