If there was an MVP award given at the Capital City Classic in Annapolis, Brian Barber takes it hands down.
The 6-foot-7 forward poured in a game-high 30 points -- 15 in the third period -- and grabbed 16 rebounds, also a game high as No. 11 Annapolis won its own tournament, 82-62, over Landon of Washington.
Barber had 54 points, 26 rebounds and three blocked shots (one last night) in the Panthers' (5-2) two Capital City victories.
It is the first time in three years that Annapolis won the tournament, and Barber was clearly the difference with his fellow partner in the paint, Germaine "Boo" Diggs, missing the holiday event because of the chickenpox.
"We didn't have a guy to match up with him [Barber], and we tried everything," said Landon coach Jaye Andrews. "We tried to front him, put a guy behind him and then he starts knocking down 18-footers and it was just one of those days."
Barber was unstoppable in the third period when the Panthers overtook the Bears (5-3), who had taken a 37-36 lead into the last period and got a bucket from Jordan Archibald (21 points) to make it 39-36. Barber followed with a three-pointer for the game's eighth tie and after three more ties, led an 8-0 run with Annapolis going up 53-45.
By the end of the period, Barber had scored 15 points and Annapolis had the first double-digit lead of the game, 59-49. Barber, who is Towson State bound, got it to 59 with a monster slam.
Tony Smith, another 6-7 Panther, started the final period with a steal. He took it the length of the court to drive home a dunk for a 61-49 lead.
Smith finished with eight points and seven rebounds while DeMarkus Green tossed in a dozen points and had eight rebounds. Scott Raspa chipped in 11 points and point guard Toronto Williams had eight assists and four points.
"We wanted to keep the game close, but we didn't think we could run them out of their own gym," said Andrews. "But, unfortunately, that third quarter they got the lead and that was it."
Archibald's three-pointer with one tick left in the first half sent the Bears to the break with a 37-36 lead after seven first-half ties.
Barber scored 13 and pulled down 11 rebounds in the half.
The Panthers out-rebounded the Bears, 24-17 in the first half, but the visitors had a slight edge shooting from the field, hitting 13 of 34. Annapolis nailed 15 of 40.
Northern of Calvert County overcame a nine-point halftime deficit (33-24) to defeat North County, 64-61, in the consolation. It was the Knights' (3-4) fourth-straight loss in two years at the Capital City and Marshay Gorman was the main culprit.
Gorman, who pumped in a game-high 25 points for the victors, led the second-half comeback. In the final 40 seconds of the third period, Gorman tossed in eight points on a pair of threes and two free throws to give Northern (4-2) the lead for good at 49-43.
Sean Brown, who had 48 points in two games for the Knights, knocked down a three with 36 seconds left to make it 62-57, but there just wasn't enough time left for them.
Pub Date: 12/29/96