Old Mill boys basketball coach Greg Smith will tell you his Patriots can be a streaky team.
Tuesday night, at the most opportune time, the defending county champs were at their streaky best.
In a first-place showdown at previously undefeated and No. 14 Arundel, the Patriots produced a 37-point fourth quarter that turned a 13-point second-half deficit into a stunning 89-79 win. The win put Old Mill at 10-1 overall and 6-0 in the county, and the Wildcats (11-1) fell to 6-1 in league play.
With junior guard Mike Holley leading the way with 17 of his game-high 26 points, the Patriots turned steals into easy baskets, hit three three-pointers and made good on 16 of 17 free throws in the final eight minutes to claim the key county win.
"It's a great win. Obviously, we want to come over here and win and stay in that spot to get ourselves in that county championship game," Smith said. "We have the shooters that we felt like ... we're a streaky team, and if we got hot, we can do that. So we thought, 'Lets keep it at a reasonable amount - six, seven points in the fourth quarter and let's play it out in the fourth quarter.' We got hot at the right time."
In the Wildcats' two wins before the loss to Old Mill, they limited Chesapeake to 40 points and Southern to 47.
"We haven't given up more than 25 points in a quarter all season, and for them to go off with 37 is inexcusable," Arundel coach Jeff Starr said. "They went on runs, and we didn't counter. We had countered all game long except that quarter. They were really attacking the basket, and we didn't step up and stop them."
Last year, Arundel beat Old Mill during the regular season before the Patriots avenged the loss in the county title game.
Indoor track update
Meade will try to pull off another sweep at this year's Anne Arundel County indoor track championships next week. The meet is scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex at 3:30 p.m.
The Mustangs aren't as strong as usual on the boys side, but coach Nigel Holder's team can again score plenty of points, thanks to its balance in different events. The Mustangs still have plenty of punch with the girls, too, and the key is going to be how some other teams such as Old Mill can match up against them.
Broadneck's boys have been doing well lately and turned in a strong performance in winning a league meet last week. The Bruins finished with 135 points to outlast Chesapeake (103). The Chesapeake girls also won.
Guy Skord had a big day for the Bruins, pulling off the impressive feat of winning the 500, 800 and 1,600.
The regional meets come up after the county event. State championship meets are set for Feb. 16 and Feb. 17 at the PG Sportsplex.
In boys basketball, Glen Burnie's 56-44 win over Annapolis on Tuesday was the first victory for 12-year coach Mike Rudd against the Panthers. The Gophers limited Annapolis to four points in the third quarter to come back from an 11-point first-half deficit. Senior guard Tyler Rudd, the coach's son, scored a game-high 19 points. ... Troy Wilson will stay on as football coach at Severn. As an interim coach, Wilson took over for Tony Werner before the fall season and guided the Admirals to a 3-7 record.