Hawkins breaks record at Annapolis

Career scoring mark comes in Panthers' 12th win in row

Boys basketball

January 25, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Thomas Hawkins broke one record and then helped keep the team unbeaten record intact as No. 2 Annapolis reeled off its 12th straight by 69-54 over No. 17 North County (7-5) last night in Annapolis.

Hawkins was one of four Panthers to score in double figures, but his 18 points gave him a career total of 1,239, making him the school's all-time leading scorer. The victory was icing on the cake for Hawkins, who also had 10 rebounds, three blocks, a steal and an assist.

"It makes it sweeter because North County has a good team this year and it was a good victory," said Hawkins, who called breaking the record "an honor."

In breaking the school record of 1,224 career points set by the late James Butler (1986 graduate), the 6-foot-5 Hawkins first tied it with a three for the Panthers' first score of the night and the record-breaker came on a short jumper in the paint that gave Annapolis a 17-11 lead with 3: 11 left in the first period.

The game was stopped and Hawkins was presented a souvenir basketball by Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Famer and former James Madison University star Steve Stielper.

Stielper, who played at Andover High, still holds the county records for most points (892) and highest average (33.04) for a season set in 1975-76 and threatened only by Butler in 1985-86 when the latter scored 759 points averaging 30.4 points per game.

"It means a lot because of all the good guys who have come through here," said Hawkins. "And Manpoo [Butler] did it without the three-point shot."

Point guard Marcus Neal (eight rebounds, one block, four assists, two steals) led the Panthers with 20 points followed by Hawkins, Marcus Johnson (15 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks) and Rayvon Johnson (10 points, one assist, one steal).

Landing only six of 27 from the field in the second half, the Panthers allowed the Knights, who came out just in time to start the second half with no warm-ups, to get back into the game in the third period.

Led by Jerome Goodman (12 rebounds, three blocks) and Mark Jennings (nine rebounds) who combined for 38 points on the night, the Knights shaved seven points off the deficit in the third period by outscoring their foe 15-8 on 6-for-16 from the field.

But the 55-45 Annapolis advantage soon ballooned to 17 again at 64-47 with five minutes left.

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