A three-minute, 16-point run in the middle of the first half sparkedhost Anne Arundel Community College to a 125-75 romp over Montgomery-Rockville last night at Jenkins Gym.
Keith Thompson (26 points) led the Pioneers (2-0, 1-0 Maryland JuCo Conference) during the pivotal three-minute span with eight points. The former Lake Clifton High guard hit three fast-break layups, and two foul shots.
Not long before the explosion, the Knights (1-2, 0-1 Conference) looked as though they would give their opponent somewhat of a scare in the AACC home-opener.
Four minutes into the game, the visitors went on a three-minute, 11-point spree, led by forward Cliff Sherrod (16 points), who accounted for five of the points.
Pioneer forward Andy Srebroski (18 points off the bench) brought his team back by scoring six points in under two minutes, as they turned a 16-8 deficit to into a 20-18 lead on James Sharps' breakaway layup. The 6-foot-3 sophomore would finish the contest with 18 points.
Joe Giove's (11 points) layup would be the last time Rockville could draw even (20-20), as Sharps completed a reverse layup to put Anne Arundel up for good.
Forward Ray Osborne, who netted a game-high 35 points along witheight rebounds, four assists and a steal, added the exclamation point in the first half with a vicious two-hand dunk off of center Mike Davis' outlet pass with 1:16 remaining. The Pioneerswaltzed into the locker room leading, 61-36.
"A lot of people in this area don't know this, but Osborne is a legitimate lower Division I/ upper Division II player," said AACC coach Mark Amatucci. "He's a leader, and just acomplete player. His game typifies the way we like to play basketball here."
Last season's Region XX finalists continued their track meet during the second half, as they took their biggest lead of the night with 1:40 remaining, 122-68.
"We stopped playing full-court pressure defense with more than 10 minutes left in the game,that's a good indication of how well we played tonight," said Amatucci.
Reserve guard Ralph Purnell tallied nine points.