No. 8 Annapolis tops St. Joe, 75-51 Boys basketball

December 17, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

A win is a win, but it wasn't the kind of game Annapolis coach John Brady expected last night, as his host Panthers defeated Mount St. Joseph, 75-51.

Eighth-ranked Annapolis (2-0) was simply too quick and too big for the visiting Gaels (3-3), but that didn't impress the winning coach.

"Our first night [last week's 104-70 opener over Patterson] we played extremely well, and I thought we could Boys basketball

build on that," said Brady. "But we made a million mistakes tonight.

'Our players play under pressure [situations] every day in practice, but we didn't play well tonight. They were trying, but it was just a bad night."

One Panther who did draw praise was 6-foot-4 junior forward Larry Brown, who had 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals.

"Larry had a very good game inside, especially on the offensive boards," said Brady.

Sophomore guard Alhamisi Simms led the Panthers with 15 points, eight coming in a sluggish first quarter. Annapolis managed to outscore the Gaels 10-8, hitting five of 15 from the floor.

Brown took over in the second quarter, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds as Annapolis outscored the visitors 23-14 to take a 33-22 halftime lead.

"We're small, and we have to try and keep teams in the 50s and 60s , but they were very quick, attacked the boards well and beat us in transition," said St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey. "They're as athletic as anybody we've played this year."

Other Panthers who contributed to the lackluster victory were B. J. Gross (seven points, nine rebounds), Wendell Williams (nine points, five rebounds, three steals), Lozonnah James (eight points) and Joe Pergerson (six points, eight rebounds).

Annapolis' athleticism showed in the third quarter, as the Panthers outscored the Gaels 19-7 to pull away. The Panthers, who out-rebounded the Gaels, 39-24, pulled down 11 rebounds to four by the Gaels and were 8-for-17 from the field in the decisive quarter.

The Panthers' biggest lead was 27 points early in the final period at 56-29, before St. Joe went on a 15-2 run to gain respect and cut the deficit to 56-44.

Guard Donte Abron led the Gaels with a game-high 19 points, including a three-pointer during the 15-2 run, and had five rebounds, five assists and six steals.

However, Clatchey said, "I really don't think anybody played well for us tonight."

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