ANNAPOLIS -- John Brady is not an easy man to please.
Even after watching his No. 5 Annapolis boys basketball team run and gun its way past No. 11 Carver last night, 90-82, the veteran coach found it difficult to relish the moment.
"I just don't think we played very intelligently," said Brady. "These guys were athletic and they were coming after us, and we had to play fundamental basketball, and we didn't do that."
What the Panthers did in their season opener was build a 23-point lead with 6 minutes, 34 seconds to go in the game.
The Panthers, who finished 21-4 last year before losing in the Class 4A state semifinals, took it to the two-time defending Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference champions from the outset, forcing Carver coach Durce Jackson to use a timeout 36 seconds into the game.
Annapolis' 6-foot-5 swingman, Rob Wooster, started with a three-pointer and two uncontested layups off of turnovers. The hosts led by 11-0 before the Bears' eight-point run. Wooster finished with a team-high 22 points, followed by senior Marvin Brown (19) and junior Lozonnah James (17).
Leading Carver was 6-4 senior center Rodney Black, who stepped up when teammate Michael Richardson picked up his third foul midway through the first quarter. Two of Black's game-high 27 points came in the second period and included a thunderous slam.
Annapolis, which shot 19 of 37 from the field in the first half, finished the period with four three-pointers, giving it a 52-41 advantage at the half.
The Panthers finished with 11 three-pointers.