Southern downs Annapolis, 69-64

January 30, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Annapolis scored only five points in the final period as Southern overcame second-half deficits of 14 and 10 points to upset fourth-ranked Annapolis, 69-64, last night.

It was the Dawgs' (10-5) first win over the Panthers (9-4) since December of 1983 and it was the home team's second straight loss. The Panthers dropped an 86-84 overtime decision at South River Wednesday night.

"I don't think we have ever lost two in a row since I've been here," said Annapolis John Brady, who is in his 16th season.

Brady watched his Panthers take a 59-49 lead into the final period and not score a basket until 3:22 was left in the game. Southern used its man-to-man and zone trap defenses masterfully and outscored Annapolis 20-5 down the stretch.

Annapolis dominated the boards in the first half, grabbing 24 rebounds to Southern's eight in the second period, and out-rebounded the visitors 9-3 in the third period before the tide turned.

The victory set off a state championship-type celebration on the court by the Bulldogs.

Veteran coach Tom Albright, the county's only 400-game winner, was in the middle of the Dawgs.

"This feels great, all the kids really wanted this one," said Albright.

Albright, who has coached nearly 30 years in the county, was romping and stomping like a rookie coach notching his first win.

Senior Kevin Mason (11 points), whose pair of free throws with 2:03 left put the Dawgs up for good at 65-63, said the team had been talking about this game since school started.

"We had never beaten them since I started here, so you know how good it is," said Mason. "We've wanted them ever since the start of the school year."

Junior Chatney Howard scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the second half for the victors. Howard scored seven points and grabbed eight of his 13 rebounds in the last period, the biggest board coming at the 4:10 mark.

A missed free throw by the Panthers' B. J. Gross (eight points, game-high 14 rebounds) caromed into Howard's hands resulting reserve Fred McGhee's bucket at the other end to give Southern the lead at 60-59.

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