Glen Burnie's Kuntz stepping up when it counts the most
The playoffs are simple: Win and you keep playing, lose and you go home. It's also a time when you can really find out about a player and a team. Glen Burnie junior forward Justin Kuntz enjoyed a solid regular season in his first year with the Gophers after transferring from Archbishop Spalding.
As for his first two games in the Class 4A East region playoffs? Nothing short of sensational. The 6-foot-7 Kuntz opened the playoffs with a 35-point performance in the Gophers' 77-71 overtime win against Severna Park in Tuesday's quarterfinals. He scored 15 of his points in the extra time when it was needed the most, going 5-for-5 from the field and making four out of five free throws.
On Wednesday, he came back with 25 points to lead the team to a 69-66 win over Arundel. The Gophers (17-7) travel to Thomas Stone tonight for the region title.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. Glen Burnie, which had lost twice to Arundel and also once to Severna Park during the regular season, have the look of a special team with senior Tyler Rudd and Danny Murphy also playing well knowing each game could be there last.
-- Glenn Graham