Reservoir and Broadneck came into their out-of-county matchup Wednesday evening in very similar positions, each trying to shake off a one-possession defeat in its previous game.
And, as fate would have it, the contest between the two as part of the annual Howard vs Anne Arundel County Challenge ended up coming down to the wire as well.
Ultimately, despite playing from behind most of the way, Jaylen Manning and the rest of the Reservoir players simply weren’t going to be denied. Manning hit a corner 3-pointer with 17 seconds left that served as the go-ahead basket in an eventual 56-52 victory over the Bruins, as the Gators closed the game on a 12-0 run to steal one on the road.
“In those final seconds of the game, when I caught the ball in the corner, the first thing that went through my head was I had to make the shot. We just lost to Centennial last week and I didn’t want to lose again,” Manning said. “I had to make the shot for the team.”
Manning’s shot from beyond the arc, which gave him 12 points on the night, put Reservoir (3-1) ahead for the first time since the opening quarter. Bobby Hill (19 points, 18 rebounds) then added a pair of free throws for the Gators in the closing seconds to seal the victory.
“I said it even after the Centennial game that we lost, this is just a really resilient group,” Reservoir coach Ian Pope said. “They play until that final whistle and when you do that good things are going to happen. Tonight, we kept fighting and got a few of those bounces to go our way. Bobby hit those clutch free throws, Jaylen stepped up and then all five guys on the floor locked in on defense.”
The late Reservoir comeback spoiled a 26-point effort from Broadneck’s Logan Vican, who had helped the Bruins build a lead as large as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Broadneck still led 52-44 following a hook shot by Andrew Rose (10 points) with 4:04 left in regulation.
It turned out, though, that those were the final points the Bruins would score.
Reservoir turned up its pressure defense and got big baskets from Kaleb Glasper (16 points) and Aria Ameli (9 points) to go along with the clutch play late from Manning and Hill.
“We didn’t handle their pressure very well at the end and for that I have to give [Reservoir] credit, they were playing some really tough defense and then hit some really big shots,” Broadneck coach John Williams said. “But we simply didn’t execute in the half court. We have been a work in progress in regards to situations like this so far this year and you saw that again tonight.”
The matchup between the two state finalists from last season — Reservoir in 3A and Broadneck in 4A — went back-and-forth in the early stages. The lead changed hands six times before Broadneck grabbed a 17-14 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
The Bruins then put together a 12-2 run to open up the largest lead of the game for either team at 29-16 with 3:41 remaining in the half. Vican scored 15 of his points in those first 12 minutes.
“He’s been our go-to-guy for the better part of this year and has done a great job of imposing his will,” Williams said.
Reservoir did respond to get within one at the break courtesy of a 14-2 push of their own to close the second quarter. But for as close as the Gators got, Broadneck managed to re-establish its cushion in the third quarter and beginning of the fourth to go ahead by double digits once again.
It took a trapping full-court defensive effort to finally turn the tide for good in favor of Reservoir.
“It just came down to focus and execution. We had a couple lapses earlier in the second half that gave them a couple easy buckets, but once we cleaned that up we seemed to pull together,” Pope said. “We got those 50-50 balls and the guys showed how much they wanted this one. It means a lot to them to represent Howard County well.”
On the other side, the Bruins continue to be snake-bit in close games. Broadneck (2-4) lost by two, 67-65, against Great Mills on Monday and dropped a 60-55 decision against Southern to open the season. With the graduation of four key players from last year’s 4A state finalist squad, though, Williams knew coming into this winter that patience in the early going was going to be key.
“We stressed to them from the beginning not to judge our team until January,” Williams said. “We have some guys that are still getting some needed experience and their challenge is to get better each and every game. I still believe we have the pieces to be a very good basketball team, and these games will do one of two things: they will deflate you or make you a little bit more mentally tough.
“Hopefully, for us, it’s the latter.”
Reservoir 56, Broadneck 52
Re (3-1): Bobby Hill 19, Kaleb Glasper 16, Jaylen Manning 12, Aria Ameli 9.
B (2-4): Logan Vican 26, Andrew Rose 10, Mason Stillwell 8, Josh Erlich 4, Tromaine Jones 2, Mitch Murray 2.
Half: 31-30 B.
Oakland Mills 82, Old Mill 63
The Scorpions led from the get go, establishing a 48-29 lead by halftime. Barry Evans (21 points, 4 threes) led a group of five players in double figures scoring for Oakland Mills, which has now won two straight games.
Jaylen White (23 points) and Nick Stacey (20) led the way in the loss for Old Mill.
Oakland Mills (2-2): Barry Evans 21, Stevie Jackson 14, Truth Norton 14, DJ Hopkins 10, Ahmed Diaby 10, Judson Lincoln 6, Joe Thompson 3, Ke’Mari Simpson 2, Kiyon Pitts 1, Otis Gray 1.
Old Mill: Jaylen White 23, Nick Stacey 20, Kyjuan Johnson 10, Alex Diggs 6, Donell Keys 2, PJ Edwards 2.
Half: 48-29 Oakland Mills.
River Hill 48, Meade 45
The Hawks jumped out to a 28-14 lead at the half and then held on late for the team’s first victory of the season. Levi Lawal led the way with a team-high 14 points.
TJ Speight (21 points, 5 assists) and Omar Beattie (9 points, 4 rebounds) were the leaders for the Mustangs (1-3) in the loss.
RH (1-3): Levi Lawal 14, Nick Marshall 9, Jackson Graves 8, Ethan Smith 8, Tishe Saliu 5, Christian Myers 2, Victor McKoy 2.
Half: 28-14 RH.
Mt. Hebron 71, Chesapeake 57
The Vikings won their second straight game, getting huge efforts from Evan Ichrist (27 points), Justin Michelotti (21) and Will Bates (16). Michelotti hit seven 3-point shots, while Ichrist hit three.
MH (3-4): Ichrist 27, Michelotti 21, Bates 16, Harrington 3, Cargiulo 2, Lewis 2.
C: Rebstock 17, Cann 15, Wilkes 11, Matkins 6, Salmond 4, Rosado 2, Richardson 2.
Half: 32-25 MH.
Northeast 59, Wilde Lake 56
Northeast’s Darrell Sheppard led all scorers with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Jaylin Albury also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, as the Eagles got by the Wildecats. Travis Smoot added 14 points and seven rebounds for Northeast.
Brince Shelton led the way for Wilde Lake in the loss with 14 points.
NE (5-0): Darrell Sheppard 14, Travis Smoot 14, Jaylin Albury 13, Stephen Haley 7, Trenton Cully 6, Trent McNeill 4, Brandon Jordan 1.
WL (2-1): Brince Shelton 14, Kwaku Boampong 10, Justin Avinger 8, Marcus Mitchell 7, Abolaji Monk 7, Kyjuan Adams 4, Stanley Lowe 4, Cam Burris 2.
Severna Park 51, Howard 46
Jacob Goodman tallied a team-high 14 points and Orion Young was close behind with 13 points as the Falcons (4-1) defeated the Lions.
Cooper Haberern (16 points) and Darrion Harris (12) were the leaders for Howard.
Glen Burnie 38, Atholton 36
Davon Paris, who finished with 12 points, hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to give the Gophers the victory over the Raiders.
Keon Turner added 11 points, Byron Smith had eight points and Kaiden Adams tallied seven points and eight rebounds for Glen Burnie.
North County 40, Glenelg 37
O’Meech Wilson collected 24 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks and Rodney Wilkerson provided 10 points, six assists and three steals in the Knights’ victory over the Gladiators.
Bisi Owens scored 15 points to lead the way for Glenelg in the loss.
NC: Wilson 24, Wilkerson 10, Graham 3, Dunphy 3.
G (1-2): Owens 15, Curtis 8, Pearcy 7, Revel 3, Walsh 2, Dalton 2.
Arundel 71, Hammond 36
Robert Keith scored 10 points, Quaadir Spence netted nine points, Tyson Brooks tallied eight points and Nasr Carpenter had seven points in the Wildcats’ win over the Golden Bears.
C. Milton Wright 56, Marriotts Ridge 48
Marriotts Ridge lost its first game of the year, playing the contest without leading scorer John Miller (sick). Austin Avent led the way with 12 points in the loss.
CMW: J. Stiemke 16, B. Stiemke 15, Kutcher 10, Patterson 9, Gallant 4, Doherty 2.
MR (4-1): Avent 12, James 9, Bryan 9, Page 7, Tran 7, Ryan 4.
Half: 29-17 CMW.
Centennial 74, Annapolis 68
The Eagles trailed most of the game, including by 12 points at the half, before rallying behind a 30-point fourth quarter to secure the win.
Joey Sedlacko (23 points), Shane Taylor (18), Bryson Baker (13), Brandon Bonner (10) and Jeong Hwang (10) all scored in double figures. Taylor scored 11 of his points in the final quarter, including a pair of 3-point shots.
C (3-2): Sedlacko 23, Taylor 18, Baker 13, Bonner 10, Hwang 10.
Half: 41-29 A.
Southern 63, Long Reach 57
Russell Dandridge (14 points, 13 rebounds), Khiyon Washington (14 points, 6 assists), Jay Carter (13 points) and Larry Bulluck (10 points) all scored in double figures to lead the Bulldogs to the victory.
Kojo Addo (19 points) and Darelle Raymond (16) paced Long Reach.
Glenelg Country 57, Annapolis Area Christian 24
The Dragons went ahead 20-2 by the end of the first quarter on the way to the lopsided road victory. Noah Batchelor led all scorers with 22 points, including three made 3-pointers.
GCS (4-3): Batchelor 22, Yoka-Bratasz 9, Brathwaite 6, Charles 6, Robinson 5, Ejindu 5, Sween 4.
AACS: Sims 11, Trusty 7, Miller 4, Marshall 2.
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Half: 35-10 GCS.