Broadneck shot 56 percent from the field (19-for-34) and made 10 of 11 free-throw attempts and forced high-scoring Annapolis into a half-court game to produce a 51-48 upset in Annapolis last night.
The methodical No. 11 Bruins (6-1) couldn't miss while the No. 10 run-and-gun Panthers (7-2) failed from the floor and line and had their six-game winning streak snapped.
Coming into the game averaging 94.5 points, the Panthers made only 19 of 53 shots (36 percent) from the field and just nine of 22 free-throw attempts were good.
Still the Panthers were one clutch bucket away from winning the game in the final seconds. Rico Lee's bucket with 36 seconds left pulled Annapolis within 49-48, and Teshawn Cooper stole the ball right back with 30 seconds remaining.
The Panthers missed three scoring opportunities the rest of the way and put Bruin sophomore Renaldo Walker on the line with three seconds to go.
Walker (eight points, four rebounds) was fouled after coming down with a missed jumper by the Panthers' Kelsey Watkins and subsequent tip by Rodney Watts (10 points, game-high 10 rebounds) with three seconds left.
The Bruins sophomore made both free throws and Juan "J.J." Johnson's desperation three-point shot from near half-court hit the backboard and bounced away.
"We approached this game as eight points [number of playoff points for defeating a 4A team], nothing more," said coach Ken Kazmarek of his Class 3A Broadneck team.
Annapolis coach John Brady had said before the game that his normally full-speed-ahead players "hate to play them [Broadneck]."
His worse fears came true as Broadneck pretty much had its way after a game-opening three-pointer by Lee (team-high 12 points) gave Annapolis what would be its only lead.
"Yes, we got them to play our game, but I was concerned about our early turnovers and Jason [Smith]. But the kids took care of the ball in the right spots, especially at the end," Kazmarek said.
Freshman Johnny Williams was outstanding at forward and guard playing under fire.
Jason Smith (game-high 15 points), a junior and three-year starter, was in and out of the game often in the second half after getting into early foul trouble. He fouled out with about 3:30 to go.
"I took him out a couple times because I was worried about him fouling out, and we lost him anyway," said Kazmarek. "But Johnny [Williams], Renaldo [Walker] and a couple others stepped up at the end."
The 6-foot-3 Williams scored the Bruins' first basket of the final period and had three rebounds down the stretch. Williams finishedwith nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.
"Johnny is not used to playing games with this kind of pressure, but he came through like a senior," said Kazmarek.
Broadneck shot a torrid 61 percent from the field in the first half. Smith led the way with 11 points as the Bruins hit 11 of 18 shots while the Panthers struggled.
The Panthers sank only 10 of 26 (38 percent) from the field and made only one free throw in seven attempts.
Smith and Williams combined for 11 of the Bruins' 13 points in the first period as the visitors took a five-point tear into the second period at 13-8 and built to 11 by halftime.
"We just never got going and can't shoot like we did and expect to win," said Brady.