Southern's rout gives Albright 500th win

Fairmont beaten, 69-54, in regional

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February 27, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Southern of Anne Arundel turned a two-point game in the final period into a 69-54 romp at Fairmont Heights in Prince George's County yesterday in the 3A-2A South regional to give coach Tom Albright his 500th career win.

Albright, the dean of Baltimore area boys basketball coaches in his 35th season, becomes the third metro coach to post 500 career wins and the first boys or girls coach from Anne Arundel to do so.

"Tom didn't want to make a big deal of it, but before the game, he told the kids, `If we win today, it will be No. 5-0-0, and we'll celebrate,' " said longtime assistant coach Ted Gott.

"A lot of former players and friends made the trip down to Fairmont Heights to be there with Tom and that meant a lot to him."

Albright has led the Bulldogs to four state titles (1973, 1981, 1983, 1986) and will take a 500-307 (.620) record into Tuesday's quarterfinal at home (7 p.m.) against second-seeded Central of Prince George's.

Albright joins the late Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis, who was 620-346 (.641) in 31 seasons, and Loyola's Jerry Savage, who is 574-392 (.594) after his 32nd season ended with a loss to Archbishop Spalding Friday in the Baltimore Catholic League tournament.

Pub Date: 2/27/00

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