Now comes the game Broadneck has been waiting for since last March, when a buzzer-beating three-point shot brought its season to an abrupt and shocking conclusion.
The Bruins, seeded No. 1, romped over fifth-seed Northern of Baltimore last night, 83-58, setting up a rematch in tomorrow's Class 3A East Region final.
Eighth-ranked Broadneck (21-2) will meet second-seeded Douglass (14-5) of Baltimore, the team that eliminated it in last year's region semifinals, at 7 p.m. in Cape St. Claire.
The Ducks won that game, 64-61, when sophomore Alphonso Jones hit from beyond the arc as time expired. They went on to the state tournament, coming within two points of the championship.
Tomorrow, they come back to Broadneck.
"We knew Douglass was going to be in the [region] final or semifinals," said Bruins guard Jason Smith, who scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. "Everybody's a good team and it just depended on the matchups."
Coach Ken Kazmarek defused any talk of revenge by the Bruins, saying, "Douglass is a very, very talented opponent. I think it's going to be a great game and I'm sure they're going to be ready to go."
Five of his players scored in double figures last night, including Renaldo Walker with 15, Eric Elston with 13 and Jamaine Young with 10. The Bruins shot 27 of 47 from the field and 24 of 32 from the line.
"I really thought the start of the game set the tempo about how we were going to play," Kazmarek said. "The first minute showed that we were the team tonight. We did so many outstanding things. We drew a charge, we hit a couple wide-open threes, everything was flowing our way. And I don't think Northern ever recovered from it."
The Vikings (11-13), who got here by upsetting fourth-seeded Poly, 84-82, in overtime Monday, were led by William Jernigan and Anthony Lee with 15 points each.
It was clear from the start that this one wouldn't go beyond 32 minutes. Elston hit back-to-back three-pointers, Josh Grover hit Smith cutting to the basket for a layup, Mike Tasker scored from the outside, and Broadneck had a 10-0 lead.
Northern didn't get its initial field goal until 2:02 remained in the quarter, when Smith fell while guarding Tyree Brown, who buried the open jumper.
It was 15-2 after Smith converted a three-point play. The Vikings sliced the lead to 28-22 with 3:30 left in the half, but Broadneck closed with a 10-2 run that included a put-back, two free throws and an assist by Young.
"We missed some defensive assignments on a couple of people," said Northern coach Paul Holmes, who loses just two players to graduation. "And it's hard when you come into another team's arena, with the crowd and all the other factors."