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Bruins race past Gophers, 74-56


After taking a considerable pounding on the backboards in a 59-45 loss to Glen Burnie on Jan. 29, Broadneck learned its lesson.

The No. 11 Bruins used the lesson to their advantage to beat the No. 10 Gophers, 74-56, in a non-league county matchup.

Broadneck only out-rebounded its opponents, 28-27, but the Bruins kept Glen Burnie from converting an abundance of second-chance shots while making more chances of their own.

"We were very strong on the boards tonight, and that was a big key for us," said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek. "The last time we played them, they really pounded us inside. But this time we did a great job of boxing out."

Kalemba Kola-Peba led the Bruins (12-4) with 20 points and grabbed five rebounds. Jason Smith (four assists) and Sean Ryan added 16 points each. The winners also received big contributions from underclassmen John Williams, Renaldo Walker and Eric Elston.

Williams, a freshman forward, scored eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Walker (a sophomore) posted six points and six rebounds. Elston, a junior guard, had eight points, including a four-point play and an acrobatic layup before the end of the third quarter.

Kazmarek was especially pleased with the play of Walker and Eric. They were a combined 1-for-15 in a 50-44 loss to Old Mill on Monday night.

"Our underclassmen did a nice job for us. I told them to just relax and shoot the ball," said Kazmarek.

With Broadneck holding a 49-41 lead, Glen Burnie (15-3) outscored the hosts 8-4 in the first four minutes of the final stanza, as Andre Bryan (nine points, six rebounds) drilled a jumper to pull the Gophers to within four at 53-49. The Bruins then went on a 21-7 run.

Kola-Peba converted back-to-back three-point plays off of passes from Smith and Ryan within 40 seconds to give his team some breathing room. Broadneck hit 12 for 16 from the foul line during the game's final two minutes to seal the win.

The first half featured 10 lead changes, five in each quarter. William Brown sank a twisting jumper in the lane while being fouled to put the visitors up again by three at 28-25 with 1:07 left in the half.

From there, Glen Burnie reeled off six straight points to end the half. Williams connected on a short jumper to pull Broadneck within one, then Elston hit a 23-foot jumper while being fouled by Brown. His free throw completed a four-point swing, giving the Bruins the momentum.

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