Annapolis starts with 104-70 win

December 09, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Annapolis showed off its new uniforms with the accent on royal blue rather than the Panthers' traditional maroon last night, but it looked like the same old boys basketball team that has dominated Anne Arundel County during the past 15 years.

Alhamisi Simms scored 19 points to pace five Panthers in double digits, as the hosts ran by Patterson of East Baltimore, 104-70, to take their season and home opener in the Cap City.

It was the 15th consecutive season-opening victory for coach John Brady (319-54), who is starting his 16th season. The Panthers were hammered by 19 points at St. John's in Washington in Brady's first game as Annapolis coach.

Brady wasn't around at the end last night, having been ejected by referee Andy Supik, who called three technicals on one play with 6:07 left.

"He didn't like my Elvis tie," said Brady, who sported a gray tie with the face of the late king of rock and roll all over it.

"Andy is obviously not an Elvis fan, but actually I thought a charge he called on Chad [Hartman] was not a good call that late in the game with all the contact that was going on."

After the technicals were called, Brady left the game apparently calm.

"I thought our kids played hard after starting slow against a very athletic team," he said.

Annapolis made only eight of 27 shots in taking an 18-10 lead at the end of the first period, as Patterson shot 4-for-17. The Panthers took control with a 14-0 run on the way to 33 points after the teams made baskets to start the second period.

The Panthers hit 13 of 26 field-goal attempts in the second period to take a 51-28 halftime lead and got even hotter in the second half. Annapolis scored on five of its first six shots in the third period, with Simms making a three-pointer, and went on to shoot 60 percent (12-for-20) in building a 77-40 lead.

Overall Annapolis shot 44 percent (43-for-97) from the field with only two three-pointers and was 17-for-29 at the line. Lozonnah James, who made the first three-pointer, had 16 points along with Ronardo Johnson.

Wendell Williams and Kelsey Watkins chipped in with 11 points each to join Simms in doubles.

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