Rusty Pioneers' gears thrown into reverse

January 06, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College's men's basketball team rang in the new year with the same old problem, losing to the Naval Academy's junior varsity on Tuesday, 93-69, despite 17 points from guard Nat Scott and 14 from forward Jim Flahaven.

Guard Wendell Williams had 10.

Scott made three three-point shots, and the Pioneers (5-8 overall, 5-6 in JuCo) totaled eight.

Guard Gene Pleyo went into the game averaging a team-leading 24 points, but he didn't touch the ball often enough and finished with justsix points.

"The loss was a combination of things," said first-year coach Mike Tummings. "Navy is a strong team, and they're obviously a little more experienced. We were a little rusty, and we didn't do a very good job of getting Gene more shots. He only had seven.

"Overall, we just displayed a lot of rust. And give Navy all the credit, they're well-drilled and very physical. They were ready for us, I'd say."

The loss ended the Pioneers' first two-game winning streak.

Anne Arundel doesn't play again until Monday at Catonsville. It returns home Wednesday against Frederick.

Women's basketball

Anne Arundel's game against Frederick on Monday was postponed because of the snow, and a new date hasn't been set.

Coach Tom Smith said it's possible that the game will be played next month, but, so far, both teams have run into scheduling conflicts.

The Pioneers are 4-0, but they haven't played since Dec. 14, when they defeated Essex. And they're still awaiting their first home game of the season, which comes at 2 p.m. Saturday against Harford.

"We've been able to get most of the girls to practice, so it hasn't been too bad for us," Smith said, when asked about the effects of the layoff.

"We haven't had the whole team together, but at least we've been having around 10 show up, and they've been running. The holidays are tough to get everyone together."

Smith said the Pioneers are "real anxious to play" and were disappointed by Monday's postponement.

"They didn't even want to practice," he said. "They just wanted to play."

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