Small winning streak has bigger impact on Pioneers

January 26, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

The inability to play two strong halves has been the downfall of Anne Arundel Community College's men's basketball team this season. Frequently, it has led or been close at halftime, only to be saddled with another defeat.

But during its two-game winning streak -- the first time it had won back-to-back games -- the Pioneers were strong from start to finish.

Monday night, the Pioneers built a 38-34 halftime lead and pulled away from host Catonsville, 95-74. Aderio Jones scored 29 points to lead four Pioneers in double figures. Tony Curro had 17, Steve Kraning 14 and Sylvester Clarke 13. Nat Scott added eight points and 11 rebounds, and Chris Niemi -- a recent addition to the team -- pulled down 14 rebounds.

On Saturday, Anne Arundel (6-11) led by six points at halftime against visiting Montgomery-Rockville and won, 69-63. Jones had 19 points, Kraning 18 and Curro 14.

The streak "gives everybody a different perspective. They believe now that they can do it," coach Mike Tummings said.

"I've always said we have a good team and a streak like this let them know I meant every word."

Last Wednesday, the Pioneers led Howard, 38-34, at halftime, but wound up losing, 74-64. Even so, Tummings was encouraged.

"Before that game, I told them that this was going to be our barometer for the rest of the season," he said. "And even though we lost, it let them know how good they really are."

Anne Arundel travels to Dundalk tomorrow for a 4 p.m. game. Its only remaining home game is Feb. 3 against Catonsville.

Women's basketball

Anne Arundel's women, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Debbi Dadds, couldn't hold a three-point halftime lead and fell to host Prince George's, 69-56, Monday.

Brandee Snyder had her finest game with 16 points and seven rebounds. Denise Perrone added 12 points and four assists, and Ginger Breneman had 10 points.

Nine Pioneers scored, but they were just 1-for-2 from the line, compared to Prince George's 21-for-30.

They were down by only two points with about one minute remaining, but couldn't keep Prince George's from going to the line. And Anne Arundel couldn't get there.

"They only had five players and the officials decided to let those five play," said coach Tom Smith, who missed two games last week because of an illness. "They rode our backs for the last five minutes and didn't get called for it. But we played aggressively and I'm not saying we didn't foul, too."

Dadds didn't accompany the team because she was attending a class.

Last Friday, the Pioneers (11-5) cruised to an 83-27 win over Dundalk behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Dadds.

Anne Arundel travels to Potomac State tomorrow for a 3:30 p.m. game.

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