Top seed Meade tops Annapolis, 78-71, for title Boys Class 4A, Region IV

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

Some say "overachiever" is a worn out word in sports.

Top seed Meade (20-4) redefined it last night by taking the Class 4A, Region IV championship in boys basketball with a 78-71 victory over No. 2 seed Annapolis (17-7) before about 1,200 fans, the largest crowd of the season for the host Mustangs.

Senior guard and catalyst Derek "Smooth" Barrett scored a season-high 36 points, including 13-for-13 at the foul line (8-for-8 final period), to give the 15th-ranked Mustangs their first win in three tries this season over the No. 7-ranked Panthers.

The region title and trip to Cole Field House in College Park is the third in coach Butch Young's 16 years at the school. Young's Mustangs last won the title in the 1987-88 season (23-2) and before that in 1982-83 (23-2), losing in the state semis both times.

Meade's title victory also marked the first time since the 1970-71 season that Annapolis has gone two years without winning the region.

Arundel won it that year and was coached by Jerry Mears, the late Meade football coach and athletic director for whom the Mustangs' gym is named.

Annapolis outlasted the Mustangs, 67-62, in the first meeting this season at Meade, and a couple of weeks ago took an 84-83 thriller in overtime at home.

That second loss to the Panthers, in which the Mustangs overcame a six-point deficit in the final 1:13, left Young consoling his players in the locker room.

Young kept telling them that night, "I know it hurts, but you guys have nothing to be ashamed of. Forget this game because we still have a lot to play for.

"Go out and win the rest and we're going [to the states]," the coach told the Mustangs, who lifted their heads up, knocked off Glen Burnie, 62-48, to clinch the top seed, and edged Broadneck, 66-62, in the region semis before winning last night.

"This is a special group of kids," said Young, standing alone while fighting back tears in the locker room hallway last night.

Such simple words were amazingly accurate. The team consists of one legitimate Division I prospect in Barrett and a gang of overachievers. Barrett was the only returning starter and veteran who got a lot of playing time last season.

There are 6-foot swingman Dan Sancomb (14 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal) and guard Tommy Stevens (nine points, three assists, two rebounds, two steals, one block), two seniors not good enough to play JV as freshmen and used sparingly as juniors.

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