Annapolis romps over Crossland

Neal leads Panthers to 87-52 rout in 3A East

Arundel pulls off upset

Boys regional quarterfinals

High Schools

March 01, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

What a show by top-ranked Annapolis in Prince George's County last night as the Panthers routed host Crossland, 87-52 in the Class 3A East quarterfinals before a large contingent of Panthers fans and parents who made the trip.

Junior point guard Marcus Neal directed an almost perfect performance by the Panthers, who used crisp passing, a knack for finding the open man and superb man-to-man defense to run away with the game.

"It's the chemistry of this team, it really showed tonight and this is really a three-year job, not something we have done in one season," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

Neal, Marcus Johnson, Thomas Hawkins and Joe Feldmann have been together on the Panther varsity for three years, Scott Robinson the last two and their cohesiveness was on display big time last night.

The Annapolis starting five produced a 55-percent shooting effort from the field, 29-for-53, while sinking 21 of 26 from the line and outrebounding the Cavaliers, 38-18.

Neal finished with game-high totals of 29 points, 12 rebounds (nine defensive), six assists and three steals.

"Considering the relentless pressure Crossland likes to use and the importance of the game, it was definitely one of the biggest games of Neal's three-year career," said Brady.

Hawkins combined with Neal for 28 points while Johnson scored nine despite picking up two quick fouls and sitting much of the second period as the Panthers took a 45-24 lead to the break.

Neal grabbed seven of his eight rebounds on the defensive end and had four assists in the first half.

A 21-point third period by the Panthers with Neal, Hawkins and Johnson scoring all the points, pushed their lead to 66-41.

Feldmann ended with five points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals with Robinson hauling in four rebounds, blocking two shots and posting one assist and one steal.

Robinson's three-pointer gave the Panthers a 35-19 lead in the second period after the Cavaliers made a little run to cut their deficit to 13.

As a result of the Panthers' swarming defense and pressure, Crossland had only two players in double figures -- William Green and Jamar Robinson with 10 points each.

With the victory, the Panthers will host River Hill 7 p.m. tomorrow in the semifinals.

If the Panthers win tomorrow, they would be guaranteed a home game Saturday in the region final no matter the opponent because of their No. 1 seeding and the way the number of home games would work out.

Annapolis broke the Anne Arundel County public school record for most consecutive wins when they defeated then No. 14 North County, 80-74 for the county championship and ran their record to 22-0 last week.

Last night's victory broke the overall county mark of 22 set by Severn in 1992-93.

"We're on a mission," said Neal.

Class 4A East

Arundel 59, No. 9 Westminster 55: The Wildcats held the high-powered Owls' offense to a single field goal in the third quarter and upset top-seeded and visiting Westminster.

The Wildcats erased a nine-point halftime deficit to lead, 45-43, by the end of third quarter.

Westminster (20-3) missed nine shots in the quarter, while Arundel (10-13) connected on nine of 12 attempts from the field.

"They turned up their defensive intensity, and we never matched it," said Owls junior shooting guard Jon-David Byers, who led all scorers with 23 points. "They made their runs, and we couldn't stay with them."

In the final quarter, Westminster had a 52-49 lead with 3: 26 left courtesy of a layup by senior forward Adrian Lynch. But sophomore forward Louis Benson (a team-high 14 points) hit a mid-range jumper and a three-pointer from the left corner to give the Wildcats a 54-52 lead.

After Owls guard David Wynne converted one of two free throws to cut the lead to one, Arundel senior forward Justin Roach hit four straight free throws to help seal the win for the Wildcats.

"We knew that they could shoot the tree," said forward Nick Hardin, who scored 13 points for Arundel. "We wanted to get into the passing lanes and guard against the three pointer."

Meade 61, Old Mill 55: Junior Doug Underwood scored 17 points and senior Marcus Roseboro had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots as the host Mustangs (15-8) held off the Patriots, who closed out their season at 9-14.

Severna Park 74, Glen Burnie 58: Sparked by Junior forward Trevor Quinn's career-high 30 points and 14 rebounds, the Falcons (15-8) cruised past the Gophers (13-10). Junior guard John Garritt added 19 points for Severna Park.

No. 15 North County 72, C. Milton Wright 36: The Knights (17-6) began the game with a 10-2 run and the Mustangs never got closer. North County, which had 11 players score, was led by senior guard Brian Hall's 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Class 3A East

River Hill 70, South River 51: Dyami Jenkins scored 17 points as the host Hawks (14-10) cruised to a win over the 1-22 Seahawks. Brian Davidson had a game-high 18 points for the Seahawks.

Class 2A South

Central 56, Southern-AA 52: With a minute to play and down 54-52, Southern-AA (13-11) failed to convert at its end before Central's Sean Brooks (24 points) rebounded his own shot and scored to seal the Falcons' win over the Bulldogs.

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