St. Mary's Brian Konik is having the best season among the county's four second-year boys basketball coaches.
Konik's Saints went into this week with an eight-game winning streak and are 13-5 overall, tied for third place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference at 7-2 with highly regarded John Carroll.
Mount Carmel (11-10), the defending champions who lost to the Saints at home, are 8-2 in second place, with Pallotti (13-5) in first at 9-1.
Last year, two private schools and two public schools in the county hired new coaches, the most turnover in one season in recent memory.
Konik's team has done well because the coach has installed an up-tempo, running style this season, said St. Mary's high-scoring junior Josh Morgan-Green.
Konik is 28-19 in two seasons, followed by Doug Scheidt at Annapolis Area Christian School at 23-16. Scheidt's team is 7-6 this season, tied for second at 4-2 in the MIAA C Conference.
Dave Harris (11 points per game) and Kevin Newton (10.5) lead the Eagles, who are tied with Beth Tfiloh (10-4) and SS. Peter and Paul (in Easton) (9-4) behind Glenelg Country School (6-0, 14-7).
Arundel's Tim Poole matched his win total of six last season when his Wildcats defeated Severna Park, 61-50, on Friday. Grady Mulhall scored 20 points to lift Arundel to 6-7 overall after going 6-17 last season.
After a 3-20 season, coach Andrew Lazor's Chesapeake Cougars were 0-12 through Friday. Lazor, a longtime assistant to Mike Rudd at Glen Burnie, has a young, inexperienced team with little height.
Junior guard Deon Queen, last year's leading scorer, is a bright spot for Chesapeake with his 13 points a game.
Morgan-Green, who is leading the county in scoring with 22 points per game, said the Saints' new offense has been crucial to their success.
"Last year, it was more of a settled offense, slow-down, but this year we are a more run-and-gun style and that's the big difference from last year," Morgan-Green said. "We finished fourth last year and hope to do a little better this year. We've got a shot this year in the B Conference."
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