Desmond Dailey carried Glen Burnie in the first half and Damon Flamer heated up in the second half, as the Gophers won the Anne Arundel County North Division title with a 83-60 victory over Chesapeake last night.
No. 18 Glen Burnie (17-5, 12-4) will play No. 13 Broadneck (15-6, 13-3), the South winner, at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Old Mill in the first county championship game.
Dailey (eight rebounds, two steals) scored 20 of his game-high 27 points in the first half while Flamer (five steals) tossed in 11 of his 18 points in the third period after being yelled at by coach Terry Bogle.
"Winning the division was one of our goals, and I'm going out a winner," said Bogle, who announced that he will retire after this his 28th season. "This is it for me. Time for some young buck to come in and take over."
Bogle is 296-321 going into the county championship, but his Gophers are 66-27 (.709) over the past four years and made it to the state semifinals for the first time under Bogle in 1993-94 (20-5).
"People like to rag on me about my record, but 50 to 60 of those losses have been to Annapolis and Meade," said Bogle, who says he "cheated my family" with all the time away coaching.
The Gophers and North County were 12-4 in the North, but the Gophers had the better overall percentage, which is criteria three in the tiebreaker.
Dailey was on fire right out of the blocks scoring 13 of the Gophers' 21 first-period points, and the Cougars hit only one of 11 from the floor to fall behind by a dozen (21-9).
Junior guard Jared Vogt (10 points, seven rebounds, two assists) scored the Cougars only field goal in the first quarter to tie the game at two.
After shooting 50 percent in the first period, the Gophers hit only four of 19 from the floor in the second period to allow the Cougars to get back into the game.
Aaron Brown tossed in eight of his 10 points in the period as Chesapeake (7-14, 4-11) outscored the Gophers, 21-17, to cut their deficit to 38-30 at the half.
Flamer saw to it that Chesapeake didn't keep it going by igniting a 30-point third period in which the Gophers shot 62 percent (13-for-21). The 6-foot-1 senior scored the first seven points of the period after being chewed out by Bogle.
"I was yelling at him coming off the bench to start the second half," said Bogle. "I've been telling him he plays too tentative. He didn't pout and went out and got hot. Our defense created a lot of our offense too."