For the seventh time in 10 trips to Catonsville Community College, Broadneck earned a trip to the finals of the Wes Unseld Tournament, defeating No. 9 Randallstown, 61-53, last night.
Jamaine Young led all scorers with 24 points for Broadneck (4-1) and Mike Tasker added 15. Brian Broden led Randallstown (4-2) with 13 points and Lamont Clark had 12 points and Troy Lewis scored 10.
The Bruins will meet Edmondson for the championship tonight at 8, in a rematch of the 1990 title game won by Broadneck, which was its the fourth straight title.
And despite losing all-time leading scorer Jason Smith (Rutgers) and center Josh Glover (Appalachian State) to graduation, Broadneck is in line to win its sixth tournament championship.
"Our defense really came big in the second half," said Young, a 6-foot-2 senior forward. "Everyone is beginning to understand their roles and play well as a team."
The Bruins built a 47-40 lead at the start of the fourth quarter before the Rams scored six straight to pull within 47-46 with 6:25 remaining.
A layup by Young was followed by a Randallstown turnover. John Williams found Young under the basket for an easy score and a five-point cushion with 5:03 left.
Randallstown got back to within 53-50 on a three-pointer by Brian Broden, but the Bruins held it off with great half-court execution offense and free throws down the stretch.
"There was no doubt about it there was a void," Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said about the losses of Smith and Glover. "We're starting to fill that in our own way. They needed time to figure out who they were this year."
Randallstown, the defending state 3A champions, who received a wake-up call in a loss to Lake Clifton two weeks ago, continues to struggle. On two occasions in the final quarter, the Rams went at least two minutes without a field goal.
"The unity and chemistry just isn't there," said Randallstown coach Kim Rivers. "No one is stepping up and we need people to come off the bench and accept their roles like they did last year."
The Redskins advanced to the finals for the third time with a 70-59 victory over Old Mill in the other semifinal contest.
Carl Lewis led Edmondson (5-3) with 20 points and Virgil Singleton and Reginald Odell each added 15. Joe Barnes led Old Mill (2-4) with a game-high 22 points.
Odell, a 6-foot-1 junior, scored all of his points in the second half as the Redskins pulled away from the Patriots (2-4) late in the final quarter.
Old Mill was within 54-53 with 6:07 remaining after a basket by Barnes, but didn't score another one until under a minute was left.
In the loser-bracket consolation games, Hammond defeated Catonsville, 73-68, and Milford Mill rallied past Woodlawn, 58-54.