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Late run carries Arundel boys basketball past Glen Burnie for postseason win

Arundel and coach Rodney Ramsey beat Glen Burnie in a playoff opener on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.
Arundel and coach Rodney Ramsey beat Glen Burnie in a playoff opener on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.(Courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

Talk about a switch in momentum.

With his team leading by seven points with about four minutes left in this 4A East, Region I boys basketball playoff contest, Glen Burnie’s Da’von Paris blocked a driving layup and then attempted to pass the ball to streaking teammate for a potential fast break layup.

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Instead, Arundel intercepted the pass and Wildcats guard Quaadir Spence drained a 3-pointer from the right wing to spark a game-ending 23-9 run for a 65-58 victory and a trip to the Region I semifinals against second-seeded Howard (10-10) Tuesday.

Meade beat North County, 72-23, in a Class 4A East, Region I quarterfinal on Friday.

“That was huge,” Arundel coach Rodney Ramsey said. “We were prepared for this. We knew it would be a tough game. It’s always a tough game against coach (Mike) Rudd, who I think is the best coach in the county.”

Thomas Loughry, who had a rough first quarter with some turnovers, followed Spence’s 3-pointer with his own from the left wing in transition to trim the lead to one. Spence (20 points) then gave Arundel (12-10) the lead for good on two 1-and-1 free throws with 3 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the game.

“It just gave us intensity,” said Spence of his timely trey. “We just kept fighting (and) we just strapped up (on defense).”

A 3-point play by Spence, a stick back by Tyson Brooks and a driving layup by Raj Wooten pushed the lead to six and Arundel sealed the game with six straight made free throws after starting the game with several misses.

See scores and stats from around Anne Arundel County on Friday, February 28, 2020.

“We led for most of the game,” Rudd said. “We didn't look like a 7-15 team (but) we’re young and that’s our problem. Good times are coming. We just have to trust the process.”

The Gophers, using their overall team quickness, a concerted effort on the boards and a balanced offensive attack, exhibited that potential by exploding for leads of 13-2 and 18-5 in the first quarter en route to an eventual 11-point advantage after eight minutes of action.

Arundel stormed back with a lengthy 11-0 run of its own to tie the contest. Its size advantage led to seven points from Robert Keith (12 points) to knot the score at 18 with 2:38 left in the half.

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Roscoe Davis finally snapped the Glen Burnie offensive draught that was part poor shooting and part much better defense from the Wildcats through their aggressive 1-2-2 zone. Davis and Paris had back-to-back buckets to help the Gophers hold a slim 22-21 halftime lead.

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Glen Burnie shook off those offensive woes with an 18-point third quarter largely produced by 3-pointers from Tyrone Cropper and Byron Smith and a mix of runners and jumpers from Paris, who produced 24 points and 10 rebounds, for a 40-33 lead.

“Da’von played very well,” Rudd said. “The kids played their hearts out.”

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