Southern edges Annapolis, 67-63, in overtime struggle Speed, gritty press hand Panthers 1st Arundel loss

Boys basketball

January 10, 1998|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Only two spots separate Annapolis and Southern-Anne Arundel in the area's boys basketball poll.

So it was no surprise that the two teams went to overtime last night before No. 16-ranked Southern edged the Panthers, 67-63.

Southern (7-2, 2-1 in Anne Arundel County) used a gritty full-court press and some timely free throws to hand No. 14 Annapolis (7-2, 2-1) its first county loss.

"We played a very aggressive defense out there," said Bulldogs coach Tom Albright. "We used our speed to our advantage and ended up with the win."

Southern's junior guard William Maynard led all scorers with 23 points; his senior backcourt mate, Tom Howard, added 18.

Sophomore forward Thomas Hawkins scored 20 points but was the only Panther in double digits. Sophomore guard Joe Feldman and senior center S. J. Womack each chipped in nine points.

Both teams were evenly matched for much of the first quarter. But the Bulldogs took an early 23-15 lead on a 10-0 run that began with 1: 15 left in the first quarter. They held Annapolis

without a bucket until forward DeMarkus Green's layup with 5: 23 left in the second quarter.

Southern stretched the lead to 34-22 at halftime as Maynard and Howard combined to score 16 of the team's total points.

The Panthers also couldn't solve the Bulldogs' 2-2-1 full-court press, which resulted in 17 Annapolis turnovers.

"That's what put us in the hole," Panthers coach John Brady said. "It was a big disadvantage that we had to deal with going into the second half."

That's when Hawkins made his presence known. The forward scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, including two three-pointers in the final 75 seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 54.

But in the extra period, Southern pulled away as Howard scored four points. Maynard sealed the win with two free throws with two seconds left. The buzzer touched off a raucous celebration as Bulldog fans rushed onto the court and hugged the players.

The party-like atmosphere didn't sit well with Hawkins and his teammates. "We'll remember that," he said. "We played them tough, and we know we'll play them again."

For his part, Albright tried to downplay any controversy.

"Both teams played well," he said. "In a game like that, neither team is a loser."

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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