Panthers push past Seahawks Boys basketball

January 07, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

An 11-0 run early in the third quarter last night provided enough cushion for the visiting Annapolis Panthers as they went on to defeat South River, 65-56.

Thomas Hawkins scored 22 points to lead the No. 14 Panthers, who improved to 7-1.

The Panthers took a 33-25 lead at the break, but a three-point play by South River guard Russell Nicholson (20 points) on the Seahawks' opening possession quickly cut the lead to 33-28.

The Panthers' response was a decisive spurt that started with Marcus Johnson (15 points) converting a three-point play and a jumper on consecutive possessions.

Hawkins' jumper midway through the quarter gave the Panthers their biggest lead at 44-28, but the Seahawks -- behind Nicholson and 6-9 center Pernell Jackson (16 points) -- didn't quit.

A three-point play and another basket inside from Jackson cut the Annapolis' lead to 52-43 with 5: 33 left in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers hit 13 of 16 free throws down the stretch to put it away.

"We took control in the third quarter, but there's a fine line between taking total control and letting them stay in it," said Annapolis coach John Brady. "We were a little tentative in the fourth quarter when we needed to be attacking. That's something we need to work on. This was a big win for us. South River is a team that's going to be competitive all season."

The win was the start of a tough two-week stretch for the Panthers before exams. Southern, ranked 16th in the metro area, is next for the Panthers on Friday with Arundel and Broadneck coming up next week.

DeMarkus Green finished with 19 points for Annapolis.

Meade 64, No. 19 Chesapeake-AA 51: Seniors Dave Stangee and Maurice Davis scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, to help lead the visiting Mustangs (4-4) over the Cougars (6-2). The game was tied in the third quarter when senior Ryan Plews (12 points) had to leave the game with an ankle injury for Chesapeake.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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