After 32 years, nearly 450 wins and four state championships, the fire is still in the belly of Southern coach Tom Albright.
Albright raised both arms above his head along the Southern sideline and jumped a couple feet off the floor in Gambrills last night as the buzzer sounded. His No. 20 Bulldogs had just upset No. 18 Arundel, 59-58, in county South Division action.
One of the players grabbed Albright and gave him a big hug. It was a special win for a team that Albright considers "very special." There was reason to celebrate. After all, the Bulldogs (11-7, 8-5) were coming off two last-second losses to Old Mill (50-48) and Broadneck (53-50, Monday).
"It was about time we won one like that, but you know these are fun games, " said Albright. "In that last period, I was beginning to think, here we go again, but these kids came to play."
Scott Crandell's lay-in with 35 seconds left gave Southern a three-point lead and proved to be the winning margin after the visitors had squandered an eight-point lead in the last three minutes.
"The bottom line is Southern wanted it more than we did, had more heart than we did," said Arundel coach Gerald Moore whose Wildcats (12-6, 9-4) were coming off Monday's 74-64 upset of No. 6 Annapolis.
The Bulldogs took the game's biggest lead by eight with 2:50 remaining.
Moore called a timeout that seemed to fire up the Wildcats who went on a 7-0 run on two putbacks by Darnerian McCants (six points, 11 boards) and R.J. Farmer's three made it a 55-54 game with 1:20 on the clock.
McCants' third foul sent Scott Crandell to the line for a one-and-one with 1:08 left. Crandell, who had nine of his team-high 15 points in the final period, sank both for a 57-54 lead.