Annapolis routs Old Mill, 77-44 Boys basketball

January 20, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Old Mill boys basketball coach Paul Bunting congratulated Arundel for the Wildcats' 76-74 upset of Annapolis a week ago last night, but added, "Annapolis is still the cream of the crop in this county."

Who was to argue after fourth-ranked Annapolis (8-2) ran Bunting's defending Class 1A, Region IV champion ragged in a 77-44 rout?

Wendell Williams lead the Panthers with 15 points.

Annapolis, the perennial county and region champion dethroned by Old Mill last year, trailed 14-10 after the first period before outscoring the Patriots 23-8 in the second period.

Annapolis extended its lead to 53-36 by the end of the third period.

"I just told my kids after the game that they got a lesson in how to play hard," said Bunting, whose Patriots dropped to 3-5. "When you play them, you've got to sprint the entire game, and right now we're playing too soft for a team like that."

Bunting's assessment was accurate, but not the way Annapolis had been playing. After the Panthers' loss to Arundel last week, they bounced back Friday to take a lackluster 68-56 victory over Chesapeake.

In the Panthers' frenzied, non-stop play, the point guard is as important as the quarterback in football. Coach John Brady, who uses 10 to 12 players every game to keep up the hectic pace, has said he has been concerned about his team's lack of consistency at the position, but was more than pleased last night.

"That was the best we've had from our point guards this season," Brady said of Teshawn Cooper and Alhamisi Simms, who split time at the position.

"They made great decisions, and, as a result, we got the best effort since the Loyola game [72-41 victory]. We have great shooters on this team. In fact, this is the best overall scoring team we've had in a long time. Everybody on this team can score."

Eleven players scored for the Panthers, with Williams one of four in double figures. Junior forward Larry Brown had 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, followed by Lozonnah James (12 points) and B. J. Gross (10 points, six rebounds).

Williams had a pair of three-point attempts go in and out in the first period. But after going 4-for-16 from the field to start the game, the Panthers were on fire the rest of the way, hitting 27 of 49.

The Panthers made 13 of 15 from the free-throw lline.

Troy Green led Old Mill with 16 points, including two crowd-pleasing slam-dunks. Green also had six rebounds, but the Patriots were out-rebounded 38-22.

"Most of that was because we didn't get the offensive rebounds, but I like this team. It's a good group," said Bunting.

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