Meade knows how to finish, while young Annapolis is still learning. As a result, the No. 15-ranked Mustangs staged a furious fourth-period rally to upset the 11th-ranked Panthers, 80-70, last night at Fort Meade High.
The Mustangs (12-5) trailed by 57-52 going into the last eight minutes, but outscored the Panthers (13-4) by 28-13.
"In clutch time they seem like they step it up pretty well," understated Meade coach Butch Young after his team shot a torrid 69 percent (11-for-16) in the final period.
Senior swingman Maurice Davis scored 12 of his 21 points in the final period and 6-foot-5 senior forward David Stangee slammed home 10 of his 13.
Davis had a pair of threes, a put-back, two free throws and a nifty steal and subsequent layup that gave the Mustangs a 10-point lead (75-65) with under a minute to go.
Stangee delivered two monster slams in the final two minutes to put an exclamation point on the Anne Arundel County cross-division match-up that could have been a preview of the county championship game set Feb. 25.
Annapolis, loaded with underclassmen, had a 10-point lead (40-30) with under two minutes left in the first half, but Meade scored eight of the last 10 points before the break.
Senior Steve Spurlin (16 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) scored six of the points and Jeff Charles (14 points) the other two in the 8-2 run that sent the Mustangs to halftime down by 42-38.
"Monday is usually a bad practice day for a lot of teams and I think that's why both teams were kind of sloppy in the first half," said Young. "But we definitely played better in the second half."
Meade tied the game at 46 in the third period and took a 52-49 lead before the Panthers closed with an 8-0 run and a 57-52 lead going into the fateful last period.
DeMarkus Green (11 points), a 6-3 forward and the only senior who starts for Annapolis, pulled down five defensive boards in the third period.
Annapolis had the game's high scorer in sophomore Thomas Hawkins with 26 points. But the Panthers scored only two points -- free throws by Kyron Belt -- in the first three minutes of the final period and Stangee's tip-in of his own miss gave Meade the lead for good at 60-59.
Pub Date: 2/10/98