Bruins overcome the strong outside shooting of C. Milton Wright with dominant inside play
by Joe DiBlasi
The Broadneck Bruins captured the Red Division Championship of the 18th annual J.T. Bogle Basketball Invitational at Glen Burnie High School, on Friday afternoon, with a thrilling 57-53 hard fought victory over C. Milton Wright.
The sharp-shooting Mustangs started fast in the first 11 minutes of play, firing in seven deep three-pointers that propelled the ‘Stangs to a 24-13 lead with 4:57 to go in the first half, but the Bruins energetically stepped up after a time out, answered with a 12-0 run, lead by Josh Ehrlich and Andrew Rose, to take 27-24 half-time lead.
Rose hit two treys, and Ehrlich made two rabbit-like fast break layups to pace the rally. Ehrlich finished the quarter with eight points and he had 14 on the day.
The third quarter belonged to Broadneck’s Logan Vican. The 6-foot-9 center poured in 17, accentuated by a thunder-dunk with 1:52 to go in the third to give his squad a 42-36 advantage. He added five more before the stanza ended to give Coach John Williams’ charges a 10 point lead (47-37) and finished with a game-high 24 points.
CMW continued to battle, and three more feathery threes in the fourth quarter, featuring a clutch beauty from the corner from Jordan Bullis with 54 seconds on the clock brought the Mustangs to within one. But, the Bruins held on, thanks to Vican, whose put back made it 56-53. Mason Stillwell added a free throw to seal the win with nine seconds to go.
Williams was especially happy with the win after so many close losses late in the fourth quarter by the Bruins so far this season.
“Losing leads in the fourth quarter has been our Achilles heel, but we did a decent job today of holding on,” he said. “We need to knock down more free throws in the fourth quarter to help us nail down these wins; it’s a work in-progress. We put forth a lot of effort today. CMW is a very savvy team and they kept pressure on us, but we were able to answer.”
Ehrlich said, “The key to our comeback was defensive intensity. We’ve been practicing our foul shooting over the past several weeks after losing some close games at the end, and this will give us some momentum going back into County play.”
Vican said it was kind of a breakout game for the Bruins.
“Early on in the season we have struggled when going up by 10, then when the fourth quarter would come around, we would let leads get away,” said Vican, who was named the Red Division’s Most Outstanding Player. “I think we learned from that and today, although we struggled a bit, we were able to keep the lead. They came out with seven threes in the first half, and we did a good job of stopping that in the second half.”
Ehrlich added, “Logan is a beast. We just want to get him the ball and he’ll get the buckets.”
Mustangs’ coach Jon Stefanides echoed Ehrlich’s perspective.
“We almost got there today, but we just didn’t have an answer for Logan,” said Stefanides. “He dominated the third quarter and he was just too much for us to overcome.
“We shot well from the outside early, but we just couldn’t get the ball inside when we wanted to. We fought back. We’ll just keep working hard to improve.”
Evan Gallant led C. Milton Wright with 15 points, coming on five three-pointers. Jordan Steimke added 10 points and Corey Patterson had nine rebounds.
The Bogle tournament is named for James Terry Bogle who toiled at Glen Burnie High for 31 years as a physical education instructor, coach and athletic director.
He was head baseball coach in 1977 and 1978 when Glen Burnie was Co- County champions. In ’77 his team advanced to the state finals. As basketball coach, he won the Anne Arundel County championship and Big 8 in 1982, and his 1994 team was a 4A regional champion.
Broadneck last won the Bogle Invitational in 2010. They were runner-ups in the Red Division in 2017.
BOGLE TOURNAMENT RED DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP
(at Glen Burnie)
BROADNECK 57, C. MILTON WRIGHT 53
CMW 13 11 13 16 — 53
BRD 9 18 20 10 — 57
C. MILTON WRIGHT: Galant 15, B. Stiemke 7. Kutcher 5, J. Stiemke 10, Doherty 3, Bullis 9, Patterson 4.
BROADNECK: Rose 9, Vican 24, Ehrlich 14, Jones 2, Stillwell 7.
Logan Vican, Broadneck. MVP
Andrew Rose, Broadneck
Denio Blaney, Westminster
Alonzo Wilkes, Chesapeake
Bryan Steimke, CMW
Jordan Steimke, CMW