Granite Baptist improves to 5-0 with 57-33 win

January 08, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

The Annapolis Area Christian School survived its first game Tuesday without the county's leading scorer, Greg Raspa, defeating Southern Maryland Christian Academy by 15 points.

But the Eagles (4-3) couldn't get by undefeated Granite Baptist (5-0) last night without their star center, dropping a 57-33 decision.

"It [Raspa's absence] takes away most of rebounding, shot-blocking and a ton of our scoring," AACS coach Scott Gilman said. "When he's healthy, he can carry us offensively. And he makes up for a lot of the sins we commit defensively."

Raspa, who averages 25 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, bruised his kneecap playing a pickup game Saturday and is expected to return in one to two weeks.

Granite Baptist opened with a 9-3 run in the first eight minutes of the game; guard Shad Baab, who had a game-high 17 points, scored all his team's points in that span.

In the first quarter, AACS appeared timid on offense (1-for-12 from the field) and had problems with Granite Baptist's full-court press, which helped force eight turnovers.

A three-minute scoring drought for Annapolis Area Christian late in the second quarter allowed Granite Baptist to extend its lead to 15.

"I expected us to play them a little tighter," said Gilman, whose team made just 21 percent of its shots and committed 20 turnovers. "Our guys were timid and tentative offensively."

The Braves' lead reached 53-31 midway through the fourth quarter when Bud Grammer scored his fifth consecutive point on a layup. The Eagles, who didn't have any players in double figures in scoring, scored five points in the final six minutes.

"I thought we would had to play our best game of the season to beat them, but when a team has its star player out, it makes it a lot easier," Granite Baptist coach Rick Scarfi said. "It looked like they were confused on offense. They didn't know who to go to."

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