No. 15 Annapolis rolls to 80-62 win over Meade BOYS BASKETBALL

January 14, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

A 25-point second period propelled No. 15 Annapolis to an 80-62 romp over Meade last night.

The big period gave the Panthers a 40-29 lead at the half that turned into a 17-point advantage after 22 more points in the third.

Annapolis outscored the visiting Mustangs, 47-31 in the middle periods with Ronnie Johnson the main closer on a blistering fast break.

The Panthers (8-3 overall and 5-1 in county 4A League) and Johnson, their leading scorer who came in averaging just over 16 points, started slow and had a frustrating 15-14 first period. Poor shooting from the field by both teams kept it close for Meade (3-8, 1-6), playing without head coach Butch Young on the bench.

Mustangs assistant Jimmy Meade ran the team for Young, who was in Hagerstown attending the funeral of his wife's mother.

Johnson couldn't buy a first-period basket and missed his first six shots, before scoring 12 second-period points on the way to a game-high 27.

"We did a great job rebounding, got our fast break going and Ronnie got hot," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"It might have been the best we ran our break all season and we did because of the outstanding job on our outlet passes by Todd Butler, Damion Day and Lenny Barber."

The 6-foot-8 Barber scored 13 points and had 12 rebounds, four in the decisive second period, and Butler and Day scored only five points between them but grabbed seven rebounds in the second-period sprint.

Point guard Teshawn Cooper joined Johnson and Barber in double digits with 14 points, six coming in the 22-point third period.

With Meade's high scorer, D'Andre Hiers, tossing in six of his 19 points in the third period, the Mustangs managed to shave a point off their halftime deficit, making it 51-41 with less than four minutes left in the third.

Hiers made two free throws with 3:50 left in the third, and a put-back by Elijah Thurmon cut it to 10.

Johnson, who scored seven third-period points, drilled a three to push the Annapolis lead to 54-41 and then fed Cooper on the end of a break to make it 56-41.

Hiers scored with 1:32 left in the third period, but Cooper dished off to Johnson, whose left-handed running jumper made it 58-43.

Germaine Diggs (eight points) took a turn setting up a teammate and Cooper scored for a 17- point lead.

Benjie Robinson's tip cut it to 60-45 by Barber's tip back at the buzzer gave Annapolis a 62-45 edge after three periods.

Johnson's final basket of the night came with 5:40 left and gave the Panthers a 71-45 lead before Brady cleared his bench with about four minutes to go.

"That's really the first time this season we got to play a bunch of kids who don't otherwise play," said Brady. "We haven't been scoring enough to get everybody in before tonight."

Annapolis came into the game, averaging 64 points a game while yielding 62.

Seldom-used Chris Iannoli took advantage of some minutes on the court. Although he didn't score, Iannoli grabbed three defensive boards and had an assist.

One of Iannoli's rebounds found him fighting for the ball and ending up on his back before kicking the ball out to sophomore Todd Nicolini. The play delighted his classmates in the stands as much as the final result.

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