Perhaps the secret to Glen Burnie's success is keeping busy.
The Gophers won three games in four days last week, and they notched their second victory since Monday, 64-59, over No. 17 Arundel last night.
The visiting Wildcats led for most of the game, but Glen Burnie went ahead 50-48 on a basket by Jeff Dickerson with 3:35 left. That began an 8-0 run that included an off-balance baseline jumper and two free throws from Shawn Mahaney and a short jumper by Marquise Farmer.
Arundel made one last push. Jeff Hedrick came up with a steal and layup and was fouled, reducing the lead to 60-57 with 20 seconds left. He missed the free throw, however, and Farmer grabbed the rebound.
Farmer, a 6-foot-6 junior, made two free throws for a 62-57 lead, and after Arundel's Paul Madden scored on a follow shot, Glen Burnie's William Brown made two free throws with three seconds left.
Farmer totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds for No. 12 Glen Burnie (13-2, 8-1), whose recent victims include No. 10 Broadneck and Meade, the defending region champions. The Gophers meet No. 16 South River tomorrow, and next week's slate includes road games against Broadneck and No. 9 Annapolis.
Dickerson scored all 12 of his points in the second half. Mahaney and Andre Bryan added 11 points each.
"This stretch of games is taking a toll," said coach Terry Bogle, whose team won 14 of its first 16 games last season, then went 3-4 the rest of the way, including a loss to Old Mill in the region playoffs. "We're tired. We don't have any legs. But when they got down, they gutted it out and came back."
Arundel looked as though it would bury the Gophers in the opening half, building a 25-11 lead with three minutes remaining. The Wildcats had led since Kevin Higgins banked in a shot that broke a 2-2 tie, and the first quarter ended with them in front, 13-6.
But Glen Burnie put together a 13-0 run in the last 2:50 of the half to pull within 25-24. Brown started the rally when he drove the lane and scored, and Bryan chipped in with five points, including a jumper with 15 seconds left. Farmer scored on a follow shot and made two free throws.
"Andre Bryan came in there and gave us a big lift," Bogle said.
He wasn't the only one.
"Marquise was a horse on the boards," said Arundel coach Gerald Moore.
Hedrick and Sean Soyars led Arundel (9-6, 5-3) with 16 points each, and Higgins added 11.
The Wildcats were coming off a miserable showing against Annapolis on Monday night, falling behind by 30 points in the fourth quarter and losing, 93-71. Last night's effort was much better, but it didn't produce the desired result. And now, Arundel must regroup for tomorrow's game against Broadneck.
"We've had a tough road trip and it's wearing us down," Moore said. "Our bench is kind of thin, but I'm not making any excuses. We're in every game, but at the end we get a little tired. And Glen Burnie made the plays and beat us.
"The bad thing is we lost, but the good thing is we'll see them again at our place."