Hawkins' 20 lead Annapolis to 72-55 win over Severna Park Boys basketball

March 03, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Sophomore Thomas Hawkins led four Panthers in double figures with 20 points as No. 13 Annapolis (19-6) dealt host Severna Park a 72-55 loss in a Class 4A East quarterfinal last night.

Matt Briggs scored a game-high 25 points for the Falcons, who finished their season 8-15 with three of their losses to Annapolis.

The Panthers victory sets up a third meeting with Anne Arundel County champion and seventh- ranked Meade 7 p.m. Thursday at Annapolis.

Meade (19-5) eliminated Queen Anne's, 77-64, last night and the Mustangs have beaten Annapolis twice including the county title game.

Hawkins, who has led the county in scoring or been No. 2 all season, fired in four of his team's six three-pointers and was 7-for-10 from the floor.

"We're playing real good right now," said Hawkins. "All of us are playing together and playing hard because we know it's do or die to get to Cole Field House [state final four]."

Fellow sophomores Marcus Johnson and Marcus Neal scored 15 and 13 points each, respectively, and DeMarkus Green, the only senior, tossed in a dozen points.

The Panthers outrebounded the Falcons, 34-22, allowing the losers to grab only four on the offensive end with 6-foot-3 Green (two steals) leading the way with 10 rebounds. Johnson had seven rebounds, Travis Foster (two blocks) had six and Neal pulled in five.

Foster is still another sophomore on this very young Annapolis team that plays as a unit as the stats indicate. Junior Kyron Belt chipped in seven points, five rebounds, a block and three steals.

"We're young all right, but we understand that we had to bounce back in the playoffs and tonight, we played real well, " added Hawkins.

Annapolis came out last night and took over immediately with a 19-10 lead at the end of the first period and 38-27 by the break.

At one point in the second period, the Panthers led by 18 (29-11) before a pair of threes by Nate Jennings (12 points, six rebounds) and one of Briggs' four on the night shaved the lead to seven (34-27).

Back-to-back baskets by Foster in the closing seconds pushed the Annapolis lead back to 38-27.

Severna Park's 19 turnovers and two technicals on intentional fouls by Greg Korwek and Tony Dokoupil would be too much to overcome.

Hawkins made eight of his points in the third period.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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