No. 19 Meade run past Glen Burnie; Thames and Dunn combine for 45 (VIDEO HERE!)
by Donald Daniels
Tre Dunn and Mahzi Thames made Senior Night at Meade High memorable Friday. The duo was powerful in leading the 19th-ranked Mustangs to a 66-48 victory over No. 17 Glen Burnie in a key Anne Arundel County boys basketball contest.
Thames finished with a game-high 29 points and Dunn ended his night with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Meade (15-4 overall, 10-3 Anne Arundel) which went on a 24-11 third quarter run to take control. The victory keeps Mustangs in contention for a spot in the Anne Arundel County final in a couple of weeks.
“Mazhi had the most points tonight, but Tre was the most dominant player,” Meade coach Mike Glick said. “He alters the game with his shot blocking and his ability to guard the paint is a game changer. There is no way we are a 15-win team without his defensive presence.”
Thames began putting his imprint on the game leading a 9-3 run to close out the second quarter, giving the hosts a 30-24 lead at the break. The third quarter belonged to Dunn and Thames, who combined for 16 points in a 17-5 second half opening run.
“Coach was intense with us about getting back on defense and we did a good job backing each other up,” Dunn said. “We don’t take anything light and we did a good job getting the ball inside and out all game.”
Thames, who played for Old Mill last season after spending his sophomore season at Meade, was nearly unstoppable from the perimeter.
“Mazhi is the best offensive player I have had since Rudy Gay,” said Glick, who coached the NBA veteran standout at Archbishop Spalding. “He does things you cannot teach.”
“When a guy is hitting shots from across the volleyball line with a hand in his face, what can you do?,” Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd said. “I watched a lot of film and he had not been making shots lately. Well, he made them tonight. They did not miss in the third quarter, and we could not buy a bucket.”
Kennedy McKissic (15-5, 10-4 Anne Arundel) led Glen Burnie with 15 points, and Mehki Simmons added 13. The loss eliminated the Gophers from the Anne Arundel title game race.
“We want to make sure we are ready to go for the playoffs,” said Rudd, whose team has North County (Feb. 15) and Severna Park (Feb. 20) remaining before the Class 4A East Region playoffs.
The Mustangs are third behind with Annapolis and Broadneck (both 12-2) in the Anne Arundel standings. The top two teams will play for the league title, Feb. 23 at North County.
“The county now is all about matchups,” Thames said. “The top four to five teams, it is all about how you play each night. We came out hard and strong.”
Pictured above: Meade coach Mike Glick talks to his team during a timeout. The No. 19 Mustangs got a big second half push to knock off 17th-ranked Glen Burnie to remain in the hunt for a spot in the Anne Arundel County boys basketball championship game in a couple of weeks.
No. 19 Meade 66, No. 17 Glen Burnie 48
Glen Burnie – McKissic 15, Simmons 13, Williams 8, Cavey 3, Lim 7. Padgett 2. Totals 16. 15-30. 48.
Meade – Thames 29, Dunn 16, Speight 14, Lewis 3, Seeley 4. Totals. 25. 9-15. 66
Glen Burnie 14 10 11 13 – 48
Meade 13 17 24 12 – 66