Just A Prophetic Hunch: Annapolis Over Dunbar By 1


January 17, 1991|By Pat O'Malley

With three games having been made up last night from last Friday's postponements, the Prophet is reporting the results of only three other games today.

Old Mill's stunning 68-62 upset of previously unbeatenand second-ranked Annapolis Tuesday night left the rage of a sage with a 2-1 record with three games pending.

With 22 wins in a row since last year's loss to Baltimore's Dunbar, defending state champion Annapolis was the favorite by at least six points over the Patriots. Instead, the Pats won by six.

Juniors Shawn Craig, who stands 6-foot-3, and Austin Johnson (5-9) paced the Pats of Coach Paul Bunting. Craig scored 19 points and had 10 boards, while Johnson bagged 14 points and also had 10 rebounds.

It was Old Mill's eighth win against three losses with Annapolis falling to 10-1 and going into Saturday's sold-out game against top-ranked Dunbar severely wounded.

In the two hits by the Prophet, Meade's boys lost a 82-79 heart-breaker at Largo High in Prince George's County on Saturday night. The sage picked Largo by one point.

And in girls action, Archbishop Spalding more than covered the two-point spreadset by the Prophet in routing John Carroll of Harford County, 64-42,in Baltimore Catholic League action.

The 2-1 card left the Prophet at 98-40 overall, a percentage of .710 heading into this weekend'ssix-pack, not to mention the three pending contests.

Boys basketball

Dunbar at Annapolis, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Game of the Week.

Despite the Old Mill upset of Annapolis Tuesday, this still is the "Game of the Week" and an intriguing game.

The Prophet expects the Panthers to get it back together tonight at home against Severna Park andtake an 11-1 record into Saturday night against the top-ranked Poetsof Baltimore (13-1).

Believe the Prophet when he says that the Panther gym will be packed to the rafters. Annapolis people love theirbasketball, and the main reason John Brady brings in the Poets is for the fans' entertainment.

What else could it be with Dunbar winning all four games in Brady's 14-year tenure at Annapolis, including last year by a one-sided 86-59?

Annapolis never is expected to win, this year included, but you just never know. The loss to Old Mill could work in the Panthers' favor with the Poets coming in expecting a cakewalk.

After all, you could say that Annapolis was looking ahead to Dunbar when it visited Old Mill Tuesday. The Panthers might have gone in there thinking that it would be a breeze.

Instead, Old Mill played well and pulled off the major upset, the school's first-ever basketball victory over Annapolis.

Now, let's turn the tables and have Dunbar come into Annapolis Saturday night thinking it hasit made just by showing up. A Panther victory over the Poets would say a lot for not only Annapolis, but the entire county 4A League, including the likes of Old Mill, Meade and Broadneck.

It would be the "Ambush of the Year," because this Poet team is loaded. Three of its star players are underclassmen in juniors Donta Bright (6-6) and Michael Lloyd (6-2) and sophomore Keith Booth (6-4). That trio was named honorable-mention Marylanders by Street & Smith in its preseason publication.

Senior Terrence Alexander (6-3) was also on the elite Street & Smith list.

No other Maryland school, DeMatha of Hyattsville included, had that many on the 19-player honorable-mention list for the state.

As is Annapolis, Dunbar is averaging in the 80s offensively and it could be a very exciting game. That's if the real Annapolis team shows up. If that other Annapolis posts, forget it, it will be a blowout.

Brady has to have everybody play well because if the Poets deny high-scoring Dennis Edwards (30.3 points per game) as Old Mill did in holding the flashy senior to a season-low six points, the points have to come from Rob Wooster, Delmore Howard, Gerard Hyman and others.

The Prophet says Dunbar either will blow out Annapolis or the latter will take an upset squeaker. There is no way Annapolis can rout Dunbar, but the Panthers could take a thriller.

Playing a hunch, believing that Tuesday's game at Old Mill was a smokescreen and considering the law of averages and the Annapolis crowd, the Prophet is calling for a major upset.

Annapolis plus 1 over Dunbar.


Severna Park at Annapolis, 7:30 p.m. tonight

Look for the Panthers to strike back with a vengeance tonight and wipe out the visiting Falcons. The upset loss at Old Mill will have the Panthers downright nasty and looking for a decent effort before the showdown with Dunbar.

Severna Park (4-7) hammered Queen Anne's, 71-57, Tuesday, but that was Queen Anne's. The Lions of the Eastern Shore have no roar at 1-7.

Tradition has it that Brady-coached teams never losetwo in a row, and Annapolis coasted in the second half in the earlier meeting at Severna Park to win 87-65.

Annapolis plus 10 over Severna Park.


Old Mill at Northeast, 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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