Annapolis routs South River, 76-55

Neal's 37 remind 'Hawks importance of practice

Boys basketball

January 10, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It's one of the golden rules in the coaches' handbook: "The way you practice is the way you play."

Coaches preach it to their teams, but for some reason, "practice hard, play hard" can be a lesson some teams just don't get.

South River learned the hard way last night. At least, that's what its coach hopes after the host Seahawks were drilled, 76-55, by No. 7 Annapolis (10-1) in Edgewater.

A negative practice Monday night carried over and produced a negative game for the Seahawks, who came out with a 7-4 record after winning only one game all of last season and just three the year before.

When asked if his team came out ready to play or if they came out scared, South River coach Ken B. Dunn answered, "Yeah.

"But that's the way they practiced yesterday. I'm not saying anything I didn't tell the team. I'm not disappointed tonight. I was disappointed last night. You could see it there in practice.

"This team has come a long way, but it's hard for them to understand the difference between being confident and being cocky and not taking care of business."

Dunn's 'Hawks fell behind early as the Panthers' Marcus Neal scored 22 of his 37 points in the first half, 13 coming in the first period. The smooth guard drained three threes in the first 16 minutes, as the Panthers built a 43-29 lead at the break.

The final numbers for Neal: 37 points, six three-pointers, 7-for-8 at the line, nine rebounds (all defensive), five assists and three steals.

Neal became the second-leading scorer in Annapolis history Friday in a 59-48 win over Arundel when he passed the late James Butler, who had 1,224 points (1984-86).

Sophomore Laronja Owens and 6-5 senior center Camaro Henson joined Neal in double digits with 18 and 10 points each for an Annapolis team that shot 47 percent (26-for-55) from the field.

Sophomore Josh Johnson also had eight rebounds and two blocks for the Panthers.

The much-improved South River team was led by Alex Boyd, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Tim Sheleheda and Brian Davidson chipped in with 10 points each for the 'Hawks.

No. 13 Mount St. Joseph 63, No. 3 Towson Catholic 46: J.J. Outlaw scored 14 of his 21 points in the decisive third period to lead the Gaels (13-4, 2-2) past the Owls (10-3, 1-2) in a Catholic League boys game.

The game was halted for nearly 30 minutes after 6-7 Towson Catholic sophomore Matt Stevenson, called for a charge during a collision, fell and broke his left forearm. Stevenson was taken off the court by stretcher and moved by ambulance to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where it will be determined whether he needs an operation.

Darren Hopkins (15 points) and Justin Miles (10 points) led the Owls, who played their second game without 6-7 Carmello Anthony and 6-8 Byron Joynes. Anthony, out for disciplinary reasons according to athletic director Colleen Cox, has been cleared by the administration to return as early as Tuesday's game against McDonogh. She said the return of Joynes, who is academically ineligible, may take longer.

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