No. 8 Annapolis overpowers No. 7 Loyola, 72-41 Boys basketball

December 19, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Loyola failed to capitalize on slow-starting Annapolis and once the host Panthers got going, the visiting Dons couldn't keep pace and were routed, 72-41, last night. Annapolis led by 20 or more from late in the third period on.

Eighth-ranked Annapolis (3-0) was coming off a lackluster 74-51 victory over Mount St. Joseph Wednesday, and the sloppy play spilled over into the opening minutes against seventh-ranked Loyola (4-2).

The first five minutes of the game looked like a rerun of Wednesday night, as the Panthers couldn't catch the ball and Loyola took a 12-4 lead.Lozonnah James, who tied teammate Kelsey Watkins for game scoring honors and had two of the team's five three-pointers, scored 10 of his 17 in the first period.

James hit three straight from the floor in the final three minutes of the first period, the last a three-pointer with 1:40 left to cut the Loyola lead to 12-11.

Loyola's Jerry Hunt (10 points) answered underneath to make it 14-11, but the Panthers' Teshawn Cooper stole the ball in the waning seconds and scored his only points of the game on a layup to make it 14-13.

Annapolis outscored the Dons 22-10 in the second period, hitting 10 of 20 from the field, including a three-pointer by Watkins, who had seven of his 17 points in the period, to take a 35-24 lead at the half.

"We didn't start off good again, but we wanted to play harder after that bad second outing and our big men started boxing out, and we started running," said Watkins.

The Panthers started the second half by hitting seven of 17 from the field, including three-pointers by Chad Hartman (seven points) and Larry Brown (14 points and team high 12 rebounds) and outscored the Dons 22-12 to take a 57-36 lead three periods.

"We took a lot of bad shots in the first half and likewise in the third and played right into their game," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage.

"They're really quick, and we couldn't keep up with them."

Savage refused to use the absence of his leading scorer, 5-foot-11 senior guard Warren Parker, as an alibi. Parker suffers from asthma and was unable to play.

"I would be an idiot to say that Parker would have made a difference for them, but a 30-point difference?" asked Annapolis coach John Brady, a 1965 graduate of Mount St. Joseph whose JV basketball coach was Savage.

"We played a seasoned team. They [Dons] play a lot of good teams in the Catholic League, a lot of games and play together in a summer league in Baltimore. We beat a well-coached, veteran team."

Among the veterans is 6-3 senior forward Wes Unseld, son of the Washington Bullets coach, who sat in the stands last night.

Unseld (10 points, game-high 14 rebounds), and the Dons' other two big men, 6-3 center Jerry Hunt (10 points) and 6-4 forward Tim O'Hara (team-high 14 points) were held to a combined 34 points by the Panthers' "tenacious 10."

"Call them the tenacious 10 because we play 10 men, and when we switched from our zone press to man-to-man in the second half, we got the job done," said Brady.

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