It was the kind of game that helps inexperienced teams mature. While both gained, visiting Calvert Hall profited most with a 58-48 victory over Broadneck in Cape St. Claire last night.
The teams were virtually new and played in the Bruins' new gymnasium. Both teams returned only one starter from last season when Calvert Hall won, 54-42.
The No. 9-ranked Cardinals (3-0) blew a 16-point lead (34-18) midway through the third period, but pulled away in the final period. Reggie Bryant scored seven of his game-high 15 in the last eight minutes and Don Brandenburg scored six down the stretch.
Broadneck was within three at 51-48 with just over two minutes remaining before Brandenburg (two short jumpers) and Bryant (3 of 4 at the free-throw line) scored the final seven points.
"This is a huge win on the road for us," Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci said. "Our two starting seniors didn't get any quality time last year. We're 3-0 and growing."
Brandenburg (nine points, seven rebounds) and Freddie Biggs (10 points, six rebounds) are those two 12th-graders.
No. 16 Broadneck (1-1) is in the same position. Earl Downs and Brooks Barnard (nine points, nine rebounds) started last night after being reserves last season as juniors.
Jonas Weatherbie was the first Bruin off the bench and scored a game-high 12 and had five rebounds. Junior guard Tremayne Williams chipped in with 10 points.
The host Bruins got off to a 4-0 lead, but by the end of the first period Calvert Hall had pulled ahead, 13-10. The lead grew to 26-16 at the half as the Bruins shot only 24 percent (6 of 25) despite getting good shots.
An 8-2 run put the Hall up 34-16 but then Bryant got into foul trouble.
He was called for his third personal with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining in the third period and the Cardinals collapsed. Broadneck took advantage of six turnovers as Bryant sat on the bench to cut the deficit to 39-34 after three quarters.
The Bruins turned three turnovers in the final 30 seconds of the period into six points with Williams scoring four of those points on a jumper and tip-in. Weatherbie started the 16-5 run with two three-pointers as the Bruins pushed the tempo to a frenzy.
"At that stage of the game, either you sit still and watch yourself get beat by 20 or start full-court pressing like a bunch of maniacs," Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said. "That's basically what we did."
Kazmarek got what he wanted by going to a quicker lineup and the Bruins stayed in the game until the final two minutes.
"They can run. We saw that," said Amatucci, who watched the Bruins run to a 56-48 triumph over Northern-Calvert on Saturday.
Kazmarek found some positives. "I'm very pleased with our comeback and that we didn't lie down and die, but not very pleased we got in that position," he said.
Pub Date: 12/10/97