Annapolis stops Edmondson, 100-77 Basketball

December 19, 1991|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Special to The Sun

ANNAPOLIS -- A 21-6 burst during the third quarter powered Annapolis to a 100-77 triumph over Edmondson in a battle of top 10 teams last night.

Rob Wooster led the charge during the 4-minute, 21-second spurt, scoring 12 of his team-high 27 points. The senior swingman also grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Teammate B.J. Gross, a 6-foot-6 sophomore center, had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

"I thought B.J. played an outstanding game, he was just unbelievable tonight," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who had won his 300th career game Monday night.

Eighth-ranked Edmondson (0-2) had narrowed No. 4 Annapolis' lead to 50-44 on a three-point play by forward Devin Ross.

But the Panthers' uptempo style wore down Edmondson in the fourth quarter, as a layup by Marvin Brown (21 points) gave Annapolis (3-0) a 82-62 lead three minutes into the final period.

"I think we just got away from our game plan during the second half," said Edmondson coach James James. "In the first half, we took away the wings so they wouldn't start hitting the three-pointer. We did a very good job of that during the first half, but we got away from it in the second half.

"You just can't go out there and free-lance like we did against a team like Annapolis, or they'll kill you."

One bright spot for Edmondson was the play of Randolph Edison, who scored a game-high 36 points. Teammate Eddie Rivers added 16 points and led his team in rebounds with eight. Maurice Blanding had 11 points and seven rebounds.

After taking a 22-19 lead at the end of the first quarter, Annapolis widened the margin to 44-35 at the end of the first half, as guard Lozonnah James (nine points) sparked an 11-4 spurt in the last three minutes with a three-point play off a driving layup. Josh Gannon (11 points) and Wooster then hit back-to-back three-pointers during the last minute and a half.

The Redskins (7-for-23 from the line), captured their third and last advantage with less than a minute gone in the second quarter, as Rivers capped a fast break with a thunderous one-handed dunk.

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