Meade's aim: Repeat recent history vs. Annapolis

Sidelines

March 04, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Meade has already proven it is the best boys basketball team in Anne Arundel County, but now the Mustangs must prove it to Annapolis one more time.

The No. 7 Mustangs (19-5) have to do something they have done only one other time in coach Butch Young's 21 years as the school's only head coach. They have to beat No. 13 Annapolis (19-6) a third time in one season.

In 1982-83 Meade accomplished the feat with the third victory over Annapolis coming in the region final.

Meade visits the Panthers in a 7 p.m. Class 4A East Region semifinal tomorrow night. The Mustangs advanced Monday with a 77-64 victory over Queen Anne's; Annapolis eliminated Severna Park, 72-55, to set up a third meeting between the county's top two public school teams.

Just a week ago, Meade defeated Annapolis, 70-63, to win the county championship. The Mustangs went undefeated (10-0) in the North Division and 16-1 overall in all county league games, including the title game.

Annapolis was second-best in county games at 13-4, including the title loss to Meade and an 80-70 regular-season loss to the Mustangs.

The Panthers have a very young but capable team with only one senior, DeMarkus Green. In contrast, Meade has a group of seniors who know how to win.

Meade has won three region titles -- 1983, 1988 and 1993 -- but in winning their last one did what Annapolis needs to do tomorrow night -- prevent a three-game sweep.

Annapolis knocked off Meade twice in 1992-93 by scores of 67-62 and 84-83, but lost the region final to the Mustangs, 78-71. Meade finished as a 4A state finalist and 21-4 overall.

"We know we have to do the fundamentals, like taking care of the ball, boxing out and all that type stuff to beat Meade," said Annapolis sophomore Thomas Hawkins.

Hawkins is second only to Southern junior Will Maynard in the county scoring race. Maynard is averaging 21.6 points per game; Hawkins gets 20.7.

In the two meetings with Meade, Hawkins was the game's high scorer with 26 points in the regular season and 25 in the county championship. Meade's balanced attack overcame Hawkins in each case.

The Mustangs placed five in double digits the first time, led by 21 points from senior Maurice Davis and four in doubles in the county championship. Davis led again with 18 points followed by 17 from Steve Spurlin and 16 by Jeff Charles.

Besides their balance, Meade's other advantages are size and shot-blocking. The Mustangs had 11 snuffed shots in the county title game with Charles getting six.

Annapolis' players are more on the tall and thin side. Sophomore Travis Foster, who had academic problems, has been a valuable addition down the stretch.

Probably the biggest advantage for Annapolis in this one is at its home. When Meade avoided the sweep in '93, the Mustangs were home in the last one.

Free throws

Westminster (15-8) eliminated Old Mill, 58-54, to end the Patriots' season at 14-9. Old Mill, which had five players quit last month, wasn't able to take advantage of a good draw (Annapolis/Meade at the top of the bracket).

Going into the 2A East regional, Southern coach Tom Albright was not optimistic, knowing that top-ranked Dunbar was in it. With his Bulldogs set to play host to Dunbar in a 7 p.m. semifinal NTC tomorrow, Albright now is cautiously optimistic.

Will Maynard had a game-high 29 points in Southern's 73-67 first-round victory Monday over Wicomico. Dunbar (21-3) ended South River's season at 12-11 with an 86-70 victory Monday.

Dunbar also is playing without its top player, Tim Lyles, who has been suspended.

"If we get a good Southern crowd, anything can happen," said Albright.

And it has before in Harwood. Look for the Dunbar/Southern winner to take the region Saturday night.

Sideliners

While he wasn't making excuses, Severn coach Jim Doyle made a great point after his team lost, 68-65, to No. 20 McDonogh in the MIAA B Conference final Saturday. A lot of calls were made and a few down the stretch were controversial.

"We use two officials all season long and then we get to the championship and they use three," said Doyle.

There is no doubt that three can see more than two and sometimes one of the zebras might feel left out and deem it necessary to show he's there.

Broadneck has named its spring event the Gerry Case Memorial Lacrosse Tournament, after the All-Metro midfielder at Broadneck in 1996 who was on a lacrosse scholarship at Loyola College when he died of meningitis at age 19 last March.

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Pub Date: 3/04/98

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