While the Annapolis boys basketball team's ability to run has been the downfall of most opponents the last two seasons, it was a pair of runs totaling nearly 15 minutes that spelled defeat for visiting Broadneck Friday night.
The Panthers went on a 14-0 tear in the first half to erase a Broadneck lead, then broke a 36-36 tie by scoring thelast seven points of the game en route to a 43-36 victory before a sellout crowd of over 1,200 at Annapolis.
After the Bruins' Jeff Vincent buried a three-pointer with 2 minutes, 51 seconds left in the first quarter, Broadneck went without a basket until a Damain Spain tip-in with 1:55 remaining in the half. Broadneck also would go the final 5:58 without scoring, and the Panthers stayed unbeaten despite registering their lowest point total of theseason.
The defending 4A state champions improved to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the Bay Division. Broadneck is 8-2 and 3-1.
"It's easy to control the tempo and slow it down, and they did a good job," Panthers coach John Brady said of his opponent. "Basically, we played their game and still outscored them."
Not in the early going, when Broadneck led by as many as seven points twice in the opening quarter. But Annapolis senior forward Dennis Edwards scored eight of his team's first 10 points of the second quarter, while Broadneck was in the midst of its initial dry spell, and the hosts never again trailed.
Edwards entered the game leading the Baltimore metro area in scoring at 35 points a game. He paced all scorers Friday night, but was limited to 16.
"They did a good job marking him," Brady said, explaining Edwards' subpar total, "and obviously it wasn't a wide-open game, so it was more difficult getting the ball."
"I was pretty pleased with the way we played. We held our poise really well. The only thing that was upsetting was we turned the ball over a few times and misseda couple shots inside where we could have controlled the game and gone up by 10."
Instead, the Panthers were up by just four points going into the fourth quarter, and a single free throw each from JohnnyWilliams and Vincent and a pair from Spain quickly knotted the score. But again, the Bruins would go cold from the field.
Edwards scored on a baseline drive to put Annapolis ahead for good, 38-36. Williams missed four shots -- including a desperation three-pointer with 10 seconds left -- and was called for a travel during the waning minutes.
"At the end, when we had to prevent them from getting easy shots, we did," Brady said. "We played smart defense."
Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek said, "Every game you play against Annapolis, you haveto be careful of runs. When you play against good basketball teams like them, you know they're going to make runs at you, and you just have to make sure you can hold your own and wait for your run to come."
Rob Wooster and Delmore Howard each had 10 points for Annapolis, while also grabbing 10 and nine rebounds, respectively.
Williams led Broadneck with 11 points. Spain had 10 points and 10 rebounds, andVincent nine points.
In the girls contest, guard Ava Tasker scored 17 points and center Andrea Macey added 14 to lead Broadneck pastAnnapolis, 56-36.
Macey played her first full game since spraining her ankle Dec. 14 against Chesapeake.
Panthers forwards Kai Simms and Shalundra Hunt netted 13 and 10 points, respectively.
"We started out a little slowly and got into some foul trouble, but the girls kept their composure," said Bruins coach Bruce Springer, whose team is 6-4. "We also got some good play from the bench."
Forward Theresa Cornish added eight points for Broadneck, and guard Michelle Meyer had seven.