With Shawn Craig and Austin Johnson leading the way, Old Mill dominated the second half to stun No. 2 and visiting Annapolis, 68-62, in an Anne Arundel County 4A League game last night.
The upset marked the Patriots' first victory over the Panthers since Old Mill opened in 1976. Conversely, defending state 4A champion Annapolis (10-1, 6-1) lost for the first time in 21 games since falling to Dunbar last January.
The result tarnished Saturday's anticipated showdown between top-ranked Dunbar and the Panthers in Annapolis.
Unranked Old Mill (8-3, 7-0) used a 13-0 run at the swing of the third and fourth quarters to erase its last deficit, 53-47, and take charge.
Craig (17 points, 10 rebounds) scored on a breakaway pass from Nijui Truesdale and Johnson (14 points, 10 rebounds) registered a three-point play in the lane to cap the spurt that opened a 60-53 Patriots advantage with 5 minutes, 29 seconds left.
Annapolis, which was held to four points for the first 7:37 of the fourth quarter, was unable to pull closer than three points thereafter.
Old Mill iced the game with six-of-eight free-throw shooting in the last two minutes.
"We wanted to keep them off the boards," said Craig, whose seven second-half rebounds keyed a 24-9 Pats advantage over the last 16 minutes. For the game, Old Mill claimed a 40-29 edge in rebounds.
The Patriots also shot much better from the field (26/61, 43 percent) than did the losers (24/74, 32 percent).