After stops in St. Louis and Chicago, the "Big Show," starring All-American guards Keith Bogans and Joe Forte, made its way into Cape St. Claire last night.
DeMatha of Hyattsville, the nation's No. 1 team, showed an overflow crowd at Broadneck why it is thought of so highly. The Stags (6-0) blew out Broadneck, ranked 13th by The Sun, 82-46, for their 19th consecutive win dating back to last season.
Bogans, a 6-foot-4 guard headed to Kentucky, and Forte, a 6-3 guard who will play at North Carolina next year, were a sight to behold as the Stags raced out to a 37-21 lead at the half. They took a 61-33 lead over the Bruins (1-2) into the final eight minutes.
"We were in the game and if we had hit a couple more free throws [3-for-12 at the line in first half, 8-for-16 for the game] the game could have been under 10 at halftime, " said Bruins coach Ken Kazmarek.
Last Thursday, DeMatha held onto its top ranking by holding off Christian Brothers (Richmond Heights, Mo.), 59-51, to win the KMOX Coca-Cola Shootout in St. Louis.
Saturday night it was in the Chicago where it humbled USA Today's then-No. 3 Martin Luther King (Chicago), 84-66, in the Hoops in the Loop Coaches Classic at Loyola University.
Veteran DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten, who is the winningest high school coach of all-time at 1,161-171 (.871) in his 43rd season, was wary going into Broadneck last night.
"They're well-coached and never let up," said Wootten. "And it's a wonderful atmosphere in this gym. They have a first-class operation and we knew they would play hard.
"After playing in two tournaments like we did, so often kids have letdowns after that."
Bogans, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Martin Luther King, showed no signs of letting up with a total game last night. The quick and high-jumping guard had game-high totals in points (27), rebounds (14) and assists (six) and also had three steals.
Forte, who is nursing a bad back after scoring 24 Saturday, didn't get in until about five minutes left in the first half. He sank a pair of free throws and, playing sparingly in the second half, tossed in another 12 points for a total of 14.
Broadneck's point guard Lehrman Dotson tried to antagonize Bogans with aggressive defense that included some talking, but to no avail.
"Keith gets that all the time because of who he is and they try to frustrate him and make him lose his cool, " said Wootten.
"It's a mistake to get him fired up because he just plays harder."
Pub Date: 12/16/98