Two teams going in different directions met at Glen Burnie last night with nothing new in the balance. No. 12 Glen Burnie (14-2) continued on its roll while No. 16 South River (9-5) continued to slide.
Glen Burnie reeled off its second straight 3-0 week in dealing South River its third consecutive loss, 54-43, with the Farmer/Brown show headlining.
Marquise Farmer, a 6-foot-6 205-pound senior, took care of openers with nine points in the first half before getting into foul trouble.
Flashy senior point guard William "Peanut" Brown staged one of his patented late shows with seven points, two steals, a rebound and an assist in the fourth quarter.
Farmer and Brown tied for team and game-high honors with 15 points each and each led important 10-0 runs that wore down a South River team that didn't have the depth to match Glen Burnie.
The Gophers last lost to Southern before the snow break and since returning to the court have won six in a row.
South River has dropped four of five since the snow break, three this week.
"We would have taken four out of six," said Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle after his team's sixth win in 10 days.
"The kids are playing great, and six in a row is not bad going into next week with Broadneck and Annapolis [both away Tuesday and Friday]."
In the other locker room, coach Kenny Dunn was searching for positives and pointed to his team's "hanging in there against a really good Glen Burnie team after the other night."
South River lost at Annapolis Wednesday, 91-70, after being a dealt a 73-59 loss by Old Mill on Monday.
Glen Burnie took a 29-21 lead into the third period, but hit only one of 10 field goals and was outscored 13-5 leaving the score tied at 34 to start the final eight minutes.
Russell Tongue, who led the Hawks with 15 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, tossed in eight of his points in the third-quarter rally. Tongue had a dunk, and his layup with 50 seconds left in the period tied the score at 34.
South River forged ahead three times early in the final quarter, 35-34, 37-36 and 39-36 as a fourth foul put Farmer on the bench.
With Farmer sitting, the Gophers offense got a hot shot from a three-pointer by sophomore Desmond Dailey (eight points, team-high seven rebounds) and a spark from its 1-3-1 defense anchored by Brown.
A Brown steal and subsequent layup with about 4 1/2 minutes to go capped the Gophers' second 10-0 run of the game and turned the tide in favor of the home team.
That 10-0 run gave Glen Burnie a 46-39 lead and proved to be too much for South River to overcome.
Jumpers by Andy Moore and Brian Ulrich did put the Hawks within 46-43, but Brown pulled up in the paint a few feet from the glass and swished one for a 48-43 lead with 2:10 left.
Glen Burnie would score the final six points to seal the victory.