Glen Burnie stuns No. 6 Annapolis, 67-62

February 03, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Junior guard William Brown, a key member of Glen Burnie's red unit, made two big plays and made two free throws in the final 12 seconds to ice 17th-ranked Glen Burnie's 67-62 victory over struggling, sixth-ranked Annapolis last night in the Gopher Den.

It was the second time in coach John Brady's 16 years at Annapolis (the other was January 1982) that his Panthers (9-5) have lost three in a row and the first time Glen Burnie (13-2) has beaten them since 1983, when they won on a last-second shot.

Glen Burnie also had defeated Annapolis in 1982, but both wins were at Annapolis.

During the losing streak, the Panthers lost to Arundel (76-74) for the first time in almost 30 years and to Southern (69-64) Friday for the first time since December 1983.

"All I can ask them to do is play hard and try to do what they are supposed to do," Brady said. "We had 11 close games last year and won nine of them. This year we've lost the last three close games."

The latest loss was to perhaps the best team in coach Terry Bogle's 26 years at Glen Burnie.

"I'm really proud of this team and the way they kept their composure," said Bogle. "This is a good bunch, and our red unit did it again. They buy leg time for us."

Bogle, who uses his bench and 14 total players, sends in his red unit of Brown, Courtney Eldridge and Rocky Newton at the guards, and 6-foot-3 Don Thomas and 6-1 Jeff Dickerson at forward, usually with about three minutes to go in each period.

Brown (seven assists, five in the first half) was in there at the end with senior Vernon Osborne (game-high 18 points, three assists, three rebounds) and stole the spotlight.

Annapolis overcame a 10-point deficit (50-40) starting the final period and trailed 64-62 with 41 seconds left on a three-point play by Wendell Williams (team-high 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists).

Williams filled the lane, made the basket and was fouled. After he made the free throw to put the Panthers within two, the Gophers' Shawn Mahaney (15 points, including one three-pointer in every period except the third, two assists, four rebounds, two steals) was called for a backcourt violation with 33 seconds left.

After an Annapolis timeout with 25 seconds left, a jump ball was called and the red light was on the Panthers side with 17 seconds left. On the inbounds pass, B. J. Gross (11 points, 10 rebounds) tossed the ball into the crowd, and it was picked off by Brown who fed Osborne, who was fouled.

Osborne, who had 13 of his game-high 18 points in the first half, hit the second of two free throws to make it 65-62 Glen Burnie with 12 seconds left.

The Panthers' Kelsey Watkins missed a three-pointer from the corner and Brown grabbed the rebound before being fouled with three seconds left. Brown made both to seal the victory.

Glen Burnie controlled the game throughout, trailing only 19-18 at the end of the first period after holding a 14-9 lead.

The Gophers led by seven points on three occasions in the second period and by eight twice.

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