Annapolis rolls, 81-63, stays perfect

Rout of Severna Park boosts Panthers to 17-0, No. 1 in poll

Johnson tops 1,000 points

Boys basketball

February 08, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

There was more than one reason for the host Annapolis Panthers to celebrate last night after they humbled Severna Park, 81-63.

Taking over the No. 1 ranking in The Sun's Top 20 for boys basketball, the unbeaten Panthers (17-0) tied the metro area's longest winning streak this season set by Towson Catholic, the team they replaced in the top spot.

Knocking the Falcons (12-5, 9-3) out of a three-way tie for second place, Annapolis went to 12-0 in Anne Arundel County League action.

With Marcus Johnson having a rare off night offensively with 12 points, Thomas Hawkins and Marcus Neal combined for 64 points to pick up their teammate and give him reason to enjoy a personal accomplishment.

Johnson became the sixth Panther to score 1,000 or more career points. Johnson, who also keeps adding to his county record for career three-pointers (149), now has 1,002 career points.

"I didn't know about it, until they announced it," said Johnson, who averages nearly 20 points a game. "My shot was off tonight, and that happens, so I just tried to do other things to help us win."

Johnson finished with nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Hawkins, who became the school's all-time leading scorer a couple weeks ago, had a game-high 33 to go with 11 rebounds.

Neal scored 31 points and added eight rebounds and three assists. He scored 15 of his points in the opening quarter, when Annapolis took a 21-18 lead.

It was Hawkins' turn to dominate in the second quarter, when he tossed in 11 points to spark the Panthers to a 39-24 lead at the break.

Severna Park got hot in the third period, scoring 20 points, with junior guard Jon Garritt leading the way with eight of his team-high 22 points.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, it was still a 15-point game at 59-44 going into the last eight minutes because the Panthers matched them with 20 points, as Neal scored 10 more.

A short jumper by point guard Derek Dixon (15 points, three rebounds, two assists) cut the deficit to 10 at 66-56 with 4: 12 left in the game, but the Falcons could get no closer.

"They made a couple runs and Garritt shot well, but even when they cut it to 10, that's a long way to come back," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

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