Oakland Mills clinched its first outright Howard County boys basketball championship since 1992 yesterday with one of the greatest performances in county history.
The No. 15 Scorpions (17-3 overall, 15-1 league) rocked second-place Glenelg, 103-77.
The last time a county team scored 100 points in a winning effort was in 1988-89 when the Scorpions did it. Atholton scored 103 in a losing effort in 1995-96.
The Scorpions victory over No. 17 Glenelg (15-5, 11-5) featured a career-best performance by Anthony Breland: 39 points, 14 rebounds, six steals, two dunks and four assists despite playing only 23 of 32 minutes. Breland shot 13-for-18 from the field and 10-for-12 at the foul line.
He had a chance to break both the school record (43 points) and the county record (51 points) but sat out the final 4: 38.
"We didn't want to rub it in," said Oakland Mills coach Dave Appleby, whose team may face Glenelg again in the Class 1A playoffs. "We took our press off and put the second team in."
Breland, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, called it the best game he had ever played. Glenelg had upset Oakland Mills the first time the teams met, so Breland was fired up for this one.
"My cousin [Eric Breland] plays for Glenelg, and even if we won the county championship, if they beat us today, for the rest of my life I'd be hearing that he had beaten us twice. I couldn't live with that," Breland said.
Breland's teammate, 6-5 Murray Graves, also put on a fabulous show for the crowd at Glenelg, scoring 26 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, blocking three shots and making three dunks. Graves shot 12-for-21 from the field.
Oakland Mills reserve guard Julian Barfield also had a big game: nine points, two rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Substitute guard Davon Smith contributed 10 points, five assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Oakland Mills shot 39-for-61 (64 percent) from the field, as it was able to work the ball inside against a predominantly man-to-man Glenelg defense.
The Scorpions, meanwhile, slowed down 6-5 Eric Breland (23 points) in the first half by playing 3-2 and 1-3-1 zone defenses.
"They took away Eric and forced us to shoot outside," Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said.
In the first quarter, Glenelg's guards responded well to the zone, as shooting guard Jeff Starcher (17 points) made two three-pointers and point guard Brandon Robertson hit one three-pointer and the Gladiators held a 22-21 lead.
Oakland Mills went on a 13-5 run to start the second quarter despite another three-pointer by Robertson. Starcher was held to two free throws that quarter and by halftime Oakland Mills led, 49-35.
Pub Date: 2/17/99