Gross' second-half surge rallies Annapolis over Broadneck Center scores 18 in 64-51 victory

January 06, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

B.J. Gross, a 6-foot-6 senior center, asserted himself in th second half as fourth-ranked Annapolis (5-1) overcame a stubborn Broadneck, 64-51, in boys basketball last night.

Gross played his best half and game of the season. The Panthers' center came out in the second half and dominated inside, scoring 16 of his team-high 18 points.

Before Gross took over, the 14th-ranked Bruins (4-3) had things their way. They got the Panthers to play into their hands, %J engaging in a half-court game. Broadneck held a 28-23 lead at the half and was ahead 44-42 after three periods.

Annapolis erupted for 22 points in the final period with Gross scoring the first seven points and pulling down six of his eight rebounds.

Annapolis coach John Brady usually uses 10 to 12 players. To stay in the game with the Panthers, the Bruins, who played seven men, had to keep the game in the 50s.

They nearly succeeded.

"They just wear you down and the mental strain starts to get to you," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek. "It was a good move on John's part to get the ball inside to Gross. He's tough to swat the ball away from."

Broadneck came into the first big Class 4A Region IV contest for the two teams averaging 55.5 points and yielding 53.0, and it had lost its last two in the Wes Unseld Tournament.

Annapolis, playing its first road game and wearing its royal blue uniforms for the first time, was averaging 77.4 points and giving up 57.6.

"When we got behind, we went to B.J. and he played well after we stood still in the first half," said Brady, whose team is now 16-2 overall against the Bruins since the two teams started playing in 1983.

"I wasn't surprised they controlled the tempo the way they did," Brady said. "It's actually easier to slow the tempo then step it up like we try to play."

Sophomore Alhamisi Simms (15 points), junior Larry Brown (six points, 10 rebounds) and senior Lozonnah James (10 points, three steals) also sparkled for Annapolis, which did not go to the foul line until the second half, but then hit 18 of 22.

Broadneck sophomore Jason Smith led the hosts with a game-high 22 points and Jaylonnie Booth added 10. Smith and Booth combined for 14 points in the first half to get Broadneck started.

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