Annapolis returns to form, downs Meade, 67-62

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

There have been some big wins in John Brady's 16-year run (328-59) as Annapolis boys basketball coach, but never one so desperately needed as last night's 67-62 decision at 15th-ranked Meade (13-2).

The victory broke the longest losing streak ever under Brady. Before last night, sixth-ranked Annapolis (10-5) had lost three in a row only once before -- in January 1982.

Last night's win was important for the Panthers, but after building an eight-point halftime lead to 58-40 in the third period, they almost let it slip away.

"It was harder than it had to be and we did it without one of our point guards, Teshawn Cooper, who has been out sick for three days," Brady said.

During its losing skid and actually most of the season, the Panthers had been struggling at the point in their run-and-stun offense. Playing at such a fast pace, it's vital to have two point guards so each can get a rest now and then.

"Teshawn had been coming on recently and that was one the major areas we had started to straighten out and then we go into Meade needing a win and don't have Teshawn and still win," said Brady.

Kelsey Watkins (14 points, including three three-pointers) and Alhamisi Simms played well at the point and Annapolis got big games out of its inside men in Larry Brown (20 points and 11 rebounds) and B. J. Gross (10 points, nine rebounds).

Also, Wendell Williams, who recently had been averaging more than 20 points a game, had only eight points -- four coming at the foul line in the last 25 seconds. The first two in those waning seconds gave Annapolis a 65-60 lead. The last two gave the Panthers their final margin of victory after they had missed four in a row in the last 1:43.

"We missed easy layups and too many free throws at the end," said Brady, whose team shot 17-for-32 at the line.

Frequently running guys in and out of the game and using 12 players, Brady's team wore down Meade.

"Their defense was outstanding," said Meade coach Butch Young.

"They're the first team this year to force us into our third and fourth options, and we didn't make the plays," Young said.

Annapolis was able to control all the Mustangs, except Danny Sancomb, who scored a game-high 31 points and had nine rebounds.

Point guard Derek Barrett was the only other Mustang in double figures, with 14 points and had five assists.

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