Northern-Calvert edges Annapolis, 64-62 4A EAST BOYS

March 02, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

OWINGS -- Leon Wiseman stole the ball near midcourt and took it in for a layup with 30 seconds remaining to give second-seeded Northern-Calvert a 64-62 victory over No. 3 seed Annapolis in a Class 4A East semifinal game last night.

The host Patriots (21-2) of Calvert County prevented 11th-ranked Annapolis (19-5) from getting off a shot in the final seconds as the game ended with Northern's Sheldon Taylor laying on top of the ball just inside the key.

Northern, ranked No. 18 by the Washington Post, travels to top-seeded Arundel tomorrow for the region championship at 7 VTC p.m. and the right to go on to Cole Field House next week. The last time Anne Arundel County did not send a team to Cole was 1967.

Wiseman's game-winner came after Walter Ward's free throw tied the game for the 18th time at 62 with 1:08 left. Ward missed his second attempt and Boo Diggs (11 points, five rebounds) grabbed the carom, kicking it out to point guard Teshawn Cooper, whose pass was intercepted by Wiseman.

In December, Wiseman (Northern's leading scorer, 16.0 points a game) scored 32 as Northern upset Annapolis, 73-58 in the Cap City Classic. He was held to just nine points last night by Diggs and Cooper.

Annapolis ran the ball back up after Wiseman's basket and, when Ryan Dacey was trapped just outside the three-point line, called timeout with 6.8 seconds left.

Diggs was about to throw the ball back in when the Panthers called another timeout. On the next attempt to resume play, the Patriots called timeout.

"When they set up the first time with the post high, we figured they would run down the screen on the two shooters [Jerray Slocum and Dacey on perimeter]," said Northern coach Rick Weber, who expected the Panthers to go for the three-pointer and the win.

"The second time, it was a different look and we thought they would screen on the baseline."

Annapolis coach John Brady said afterward his team was "definitely going for the three and Ronnie [Johnson, 10 points, five rebounds] stepped out and we didn't see him."

Diggs' inbound pass went to Slocum (16 points, two three-pointers) but it slipped off his fingertips as he leaned forward and Ward (six points, nine rebounds) smothered it with two seconds left and never got up.

"We just didn't make the plays when we had to, but I respect the effort our kids gave this season," Brady said.

Both teams overcame foul trouble and got strong efforts from their benches. Todd Butler (two points, three rebounds) was one of those who filled in admirably for the Panthers when 6-foot-8 Len Barber (12 points, 13 rebounds) got his second foul midway through the first period.

Northern had a six-point lead at the half, but neither team led by more than three in the second half.

"It was a dogfight," said Weber, who used 10 players. "And we knew coming in our bench would have to contribute. All our guards had four fouls in the last period."

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