Glen Burnie stuns No. 7 Annapolis, 65-63 3-pointer with 12 seconds left lifts Gophers to win

February 13, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Glen Burnie's Chris Witherspoon delivered a right hook to Annapolis' county basketball championship hopes last night when he sent a three-point jumper swishing through the basket with 12 seconds left for a 65-63 victory.

The 6-foot-1 junior calmly measured the shot with the clock ticking down and drilled it through the hoop to wipe out a 63-62 lead that came on Ryan Dacey's three-pointer.

Dacey had a hot hand most of the evening for No. 7 Annapolis and finished with a game-high 22 points, but his heroics were lost in the shuffle when Witherspoon hit his third three-pointer of the night.

"Chris seemed to have a lot of time to shoot," said 14th-ranked Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle. "And he took good advantage of it."

Annapolis coach John Brady saw it differently: "We were all over that kid [Witherspoon] but he still made the shot. It was a tough shot."

Witherspoon and Desmond Dailey led a frantic fourth-quarter rally for the Gophers who trailed, 55-46, with 6:20 left in the game.

Dailey poured in nine of his 18 points in the final period, including two clutch jumpers and a nifty drive through the lane.

Dailey, renowned for his long-range shooting, also had three three-pointers on the night in a game that matched him against Germaine "Boo" Diggs in an interesting shootout.

Diggs leads the county in scoring his season with a 21-point average and Dailey led the county last season with a 22-point average.

Diggs (19 points) nipped Dailey in the scoring column last night but it was obviously very little consolation.

It was the third loss in the last four games for the Panthers (10-4 in the South Division, 15-5 overall) who now trail Broadneck (11-2) by 1 1/2 games in the division race with two games left.

For Glen Burnie (11-2 in the North, 16-3 overall), the win put the Gophers one full game ahead of North County (10-3) in its division.

Glen Burnie has all three league games left at home, including a date with North County tonight.

For Bogle, the talk of a county championship is now more than a dream.

"If we win the North and play Broadneck for the championship, we believe we have a shot to beat them," he said.

"The kids are playing great now."

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