Jamaine Young of Broadneck said the Bruins truly wanted to make the first Anne Arundel County Championship game -- and last night they got their wish.
Young dominated inside and finished with 33 points while teammate Mike Tasker controlled play outside and scored 24 as No. 13 Broadneck clinched the Anne Arundel County Southern Division title with a 77-53 victory over visiting Severna Park.
Broadneck (15-6, 13-3) meets No. 18 Glen Burnie in the first County title game tomorrow night at 7 at Old Mill.
Young said that even though the Bruins still have their sights firmly set on Cole Field House for the state championship, they wanted to make the county title game.
"Our team wanted this game badly," said Young. "We wanted to be in the title game."
And Young was the main reason the Bruins will be there. He scored nine points in the fourth quarter as Broadneck blew open a close game.
The Bruins forced Severna Park (6-16, 2-13) to play more of a full-court game in the final quarter. And once the Bruins made the Falcons run, they opened things up.
"We had to create an open game," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.
Broadneck led, 50-42, with 90 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Bruins held Severna Park to just two baskets the rest of the way -- and blanked the Falcons for four minutes in the fourth quarter -- as they took command.
Tasker sparked the Bruins early in the fourth quarter. His two layups and two free throws -- in just 32 seconds -- turned a 12-point game into an 18-point rout that Severna Park could not recover from.
"They controlled the situation," said Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani. "To catch up, we needed to extend our press, which created [some] transition points for them."
The transition points also came from Broadneck's strong rebounding. Led by Johnny Williams (nine points, 14 rebounds) and Young (nine rebounds), the Bruins out-rebounded Severna Park, 35-21 -- including 12-5 in the final quarter.
"I knew we had to step up our game in the fourth quarter," said Young. "And we did."
Greg Korwek (13 points) and Jon Briggs (11 points) played well for Severna Park, but the Bruins simply had too much.