It was only a 3-3 week overall for the Prophet, but two of his hits were biggies while the three others just missed.
As a result, the Prophet's overall record predicting high school games is now 113-52, a respectable .685 percentage.
The rage of a sage hit on last Friday's top two boys hoop games that could prove critical when all the playoff points are totaled and the Class 4A Region IV playoff seedings are finalized.
First, the Prophet accurately forecasted an Annapolis victory over then second-ranked Southern of Baltimore, 92-87, in OT. Annapolis was the Prophet's pick by two points.
"Annapolis should win this game, provided itplays its game and Dennis Edwards comes to play," wrote the Prophet a week ago. Edwards went out and scored 26 points, second only to thePanthers' Rob Wooster, who bagged 28.
Also, the uncanny one with the weird turban and purple robe pointed to Old Mill's "better to be lucky than good" tendency and said the Pats' knack for pulling out the close ones would start "to unravel."
Darn if it wasn't so as Meade, a one-point Prophet pick, nipped the Patriots, 71-68.
The Prophet was also right in saying that Class 2A Northeast would stick it to the 4A Severna Park boys team a second time this season. Northeast,a modest two-point favorite, ripped Severna Park, 83-72, back in December and the Prophet said, "history repeats itself."
Yes, Johnny Barbour's Eagles won again, this time by 87-73.
Two girls games were missed by the Prophet but barely. St. Mary's was an eight-point pick over Archbishop Spalding because the Prophet didn't know that Randall Goldsborough would miss the game because of an injured shoulder. The Saints lost to the Cavs, 52-51.
Broadneck was a two-point underdog at red-hot North County, but the Bruins put the collar on the Knights and won, 39-32.
Finally, on last week's six-pack, the Prophet went with the vastly improved Severn Admirals to win a tough road game at Boys' Latin in Baltimore in the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference by one point. Severn dropped a heartbreaker, 55-53.
This week's card is full of key games in terms of the upcoming playoffs, so let's get at it. The Prophet loves the big games as you know.
Boys basketball Broadneck (15-4) at Meade (15-4)
7 p.m. Friday. Here it is, sports fans, the "Game of the Week."
Broadneck hasclinched at least fourth seed in Class 4A Region IV, but by avengingan earlier 45-42 loss to Meade could grab third seed.
The visiting Bruins come into this game with 88 playoff points, behind Meade (101 points) and Annapolis and Old Mill, tied for first with 107 points each.
A Broadneck victory over Meade with subsequent wins over Glen Burnie (5-13) and Arundel (6-13) would give the Bruins a season-ending maximum total of 112 playoff points in 19 games and that figures out to a playoff points average of 5.89.
If Meade loses, the 'Stangs, by closing with wins on the road at Queen Anne's and Severna Park, would end up with 117 points over 20 games and wind up fourth in the region with a .585 average. However, if Meade takes this big game, Coach Butch Young's team would keep alive its outside hopes of being No. 2 seed.
Tuesday night, Broadneck defeated 11-8 Southern of Harwood, 61-56, with the Bruins' 7-foot-2 Boris Beck pouring in 22 points and becoming more of a factor with each passing game.
Meanwhile,Meade slipped past upset-minded 6-13 Arundel, 61-60, on David Beck's21 points.
The 'Stangs need to get the Bruins in a running game to overcome the assets of the towering Boris Beck, who right now appears to be the key man going into postseason play. The way Beck is starting to play has the other contenders concerned because he is showingsigns of dominating.
But this one will go to the home-team 'Stangs, who will follow the instructions of Young and keep the Bruins on the run.
Meade plus two over Broadneck.
Old Mill (15-4) at Thomas Johnson (14-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday. This is the Cinderella Patriots"gut check '90-91" because a win up north in Frederick County most likely means the top seed and home-court advantage throughout the regional. Old Mill buried 5-13 Glen Burnie, 79-54, Tuesday night to moveinto a first-place tie with Annapolis in Region IV.
Old Mill and Annapolis (with identical 14-3 records in games that count toward theplayoffs) each have 107 points. Each has three games left, but Thomas Johnson is worth seven playoff points as a 3A school while one of the final games for Annapolis is against Class 2A Southern, which is worth six points.
That means that an Old Mill sweep of its final three games -- Arundel (6-13) and Queen Anne's (5-12) -- would win the top seed with 130 points. By sweeping its last three -- North County (4-15), Southern (11-8) and Glen Burnie (5-13) -- the best Annapolis could do would be 129 points.
An Old Mill loss tomorrow night means Annapolis could win the region, and Meade by taking Broadneck and its other two could end up No. 2 seed with 125 playoff points to 123 by Old Mill. The Pats then would be third seed.
And that is just what the Prophet thinks is going to happen. First of all, it's a long ride up to T.J., and this club ranked No. 17 this week by The Evening Sun is not bad.
The game matches Patriots against Patriots, and ifthe game was at Old Mill, the Prophet would take the Anne Arundel Pats, but it's at T.J., and that's not good. Those Frederick County teams are noted for good old-fashioned home cookin', so Old Mill had better beware, especially if Thomas Johnson coach Paul Dickman's uncle referees.
Thomas Johnson has a pretty good player in 6-5 senior Rojak West who could be the difference going down the stretch.
It will be close and home-court advantage will be the deciding factor. Thepressure is on Old Mill.
Thomas Johnson plus one over Old Mill, possibly OT.
Severna Park (8-11) at Glen Burnie (5-13)
7 p.m. Friday. Both these clubs lost Tuesday, Severna Park to Northeast, 87-73, and Glen Burnie, 79-54, to Old Mill, leaving both in a must-win situation for one of the final two playoff spots in 4A Region IV. LaPlata of Charles County (10-8) will finish as fifth or sixth seed, so that leaves one spot for a county team.
Severna Park, which had won four in a row until it ran into Northeast, has a better chance than the host Gophers. If Glen Burnie wins this one, all the Gophers then have to do to have a shot at No. 6 seed would be to win their final twogames at Broadneck and Annapolis.
Forget that and look for the Gophers to lose with big nights from Falcons Scott Brown and Darrick Moran.
Severna Park plus five over Glen Burnie.
Arundel (6-13) atOld Mill
7 p.m. Tuesday. If Old Mill does get upset at Thomas Johnson tomorrow night, the Pats will bounce back at home Tuesday and terminate the remote playoff hopes of the Wildcats.
Arundel simply needs too much help from the upset department to make postseason play while Old Mill needs to keep pushing in hopes of pulling off the miracle of 1990-1991.
Actually, no matter what Old Mill does Friday night, it still will win this game over inconsistent Arundel, a team that hasn't learned how to win.
Old Mill plus three over Arundel.
Girls basketball St. Mary's (17-6) at Old Mill (17-2)
7 p.m. Friday. They've put these two girls teams in prime time and deservedly so in what should be a great basketball game.
It matches one of thetop three county public schools in host Old Mill against the best private school in St. Mary's.
The host Patriots will be looking for revenge after their upset loss in the Noel Classic at Spalding to St.Mary's. The Saints will come off this game following a couple of pressure-packed Baltimore Catholic League battles.
On Tuesday, the Saints downed Notre Dame Prep, 56-43, with Randall Goldsborough returning to the lineup with 17 points, and today the Saints visit league-leader Seton Keough of Baltimore.
Old Mill plus one over St. Mary's.
South River (9-10) at Northeast (11-8)
5:30 p.m. Friday. A double prediction for this one. Look for Coach Calvin Vain's Eagles to bounce back from Tuesday's 61-47 loss to Chesapeake and deal the slumping Seahawks their sixth straight loss.
In addition, just a typical game from Northeast senior Stephanie Lazor will put the Eagles' star over 1,000 in career points and rebounds, the first in school history to reach both plateaus. Lazor, who has 984 points and 986 boards,will get at least 16 points and 14 rebounds and celebrate the achievement in front of the home crowd.
Northeast plus six over South River.
No one, not even his spouse (who hasn't spoken to the sage in a couple of weeks) will ask the Prophet to be his valentine today.
The Prophet to date Right.. .. Wrong.. .. Pct.
..113.. .. .. 52.. .. .685