Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek and his 10th-ranked Bruins went to Towson last night hoping to hold No. 4 Calvert Hall under 55 points.
They did, but unfortunately, the Bruins' offense did not accompany them on the bus, and the Cardinals took a hard earned 54-42 victory.
Stand-out guard Juan Dixon, who has signed with the University of Maryland, led the Cardinals (4-0) with 20 points (10 points each half), eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
"Coming into the game, I thought if we kept them under 55, we would win the ball game," said Kazmarek. "You can't be scoring 41 points a game and expect to be successful against top-10 teams."
In his team's defense, it was the Bruins' season opener while the Cardinals had already played three games.
Kazmarek's Bruins have the unenviable task of traveling to Hyattsville Saturday night for their second game -- against DeMatha.
"We were very unsure offensively, not particularly fluid, but there is no doubt that we're way ahead defensively," Kazmarek said. "We did some tremendous things defensively."
Center-forward Noble Watkins had 11 of his team high 18 points (and also led the Bruins with 10 rebounds) in the first half, but couldn't get it together with swing man John Williams. Williams scored just four points in the first half, but added 12 in the second.
Credit goes to coach Mark Amatucci's Cardinals.
"Kaz' teams always play hard defensively, and you know they're going to give you a good test in the half-court," said Amatucci. "They like to run those motion screens, and we did a great job in shutting their guards down.
Perimeter players Dixon, Aaron Herbert, Jason Medinger and Reggie Bryant (nine points) off the bench disrupted the Bruins throughout. They forced the Bruins' guards wide at the top, coming off half court, and their support side took away penetration.
"We didn't allow them to enter the ball on the wing, and didn't allow them to penetrate and bust something down the middle of the floor," said Amatucci. "That was the key."
Both teams started slowly, feeling each other out before the Cardinals' persistency paid off in the final eight minutes.
Broadneck led 9-8 after the first period, but Dixon headed a 10-0 run, scoring eight of the points at the end of the first half for a 25-17 lead.
Pub Date: 12/11/96