Lions sweep own tourney

November 25, 1998

Highland view vs. BroadfordingBy MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

That loud roar you heard from west of Hagerstown last night around ten o'clock was the Broadfording Christian Academy's boys and girls basketball teams after they swept to victory in The Lion Classic, their annual tip-off tournament.

Although the results were the same, the means to get there were drastically different. The girls blew out Highland View 72-20 for their title, but the boys needed to go into overtime to beat the Tartans, 44-43.

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The Lady Lions broke out to a 9-0 lead, with Bianca Holt getting five of her game-high 16 points before Highland View even got itself settled in its offense. By the end of the first quarter, with BCA up 21-4, it was obvious that the Tartans were seriously overmatched and coach Dana Gonzales was already substituting freely.


"We wanted to jump out to a good lead," said Gonzales, "so we could share playing time with everyone. They really work hard and we're a small school so it makes them feel good when everyone gets a chance. These girls are very unselfish."

B'nai Holt was the epitome of selflessness, recording seven assists to go with her six points. Major beneficiaries of those assists were Tiffany Tucker (11 points) and Vennece Fowlkes, the tournament Most Valuable Player, with 14.

"Vennece is probably our best all-around player," Gonzales said. "And Bianca is our floor leader; she really takes charge. We look to those two for leadership. And B'nai, a sophomore, is not intimidated by anyone."

The boys weren't intimidated either, but they did play catch-up the entire game, not taking a lead until only 2:40 remained in overtime.

The Tartans opened up a quick 8-2 lead with a a crisp controlling offense and the Lions made some unforced errors trying to take the game to HVA.

Broadfording closed the gap to 12-11 by the end of the first quarter on the strength of Nathaniel Hirsch's steal and ensuing three-point play, and the playmaking of tournament MVP Casey Glover, who closed out the period with a free throw.

"Casey, without a doubt, was the MVP," said coach Terry Shafer before the announcement was made. "Our seniors really stepped up tonight. We've got a good cast with three of them."

Glover finished the evening with 17 points, going 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Senior Brian Blair had 10 points, including two three-pointers, and senior Dan Burkhart scored seven points, mostly from the line, and was named to the all-tournament team.

Free throws conversion was the pivotal facet of the game, as BCA was 13-18 from the line and the Tartans were 8-11. But the Lions scored theirs when it counted most, down the stretch and under pressure.

With 6:37 left in regulation and the score 28-27 in favor of HVA, the parade to the line began with Tony Castlebuono, the Tartans' leading scorer with 14, dropping two. He finished a perfect 5-for-5 from the line.

Burkhart countered with two of his own. Four minutes later, Castlebuono again made two foul shots and Glover answered with two. With 1:05 left, Burkhart sank one more to tie the score for the first time. The Tartans called a timeout with 17 seconds remaining to set up the last shot, but couldn't get it off.

Glover made one more with 13 seconds left in overtime and Castlebuono's shot at the buzzer hit the front of the rim to signify the first time the boys won their own tournament in the nine years of its existence.

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