Williams rescues No. 10 Meade, powers 75-67 win over Arundel

Mustangs gain 4A semis

Owens tops 1,000, leads Annapolis by Wilde Lake

High Schools

Boys basketball

February 27, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior Ray Williams came off the bench to score all 10 of his points in the final period as host and 10th-ranked Meade survived with a 75-67 victory over Arundel last night in a Class 4A East boys quarterfinal game.

Arundel (8-16) was defending region champion and had opened with a 75-52 first-round romp over Westminster last Friday.

The Mustangs (18-6) will play host to Frederick, a winner over Old Mill last night, in tomorrow's regional semifinals.

Williams was one of four Mustangs in double figures last night as Meade shot 47 percent (28-for-60) from the field and led from start to finish.

Louis Benson led the victors with 20 points and nine rebounds while Jamaal Lewis and RochardMcAfee chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively.

"Ray [Williams] played very well, but one thing about tonight was that we got a real good effort out of a whole bunch of people," said Meade coach Butch Young, who got his 496th career win in 35 seasons.

"Arundel wouldn't quit. They just kept coming at us."

Benson scored 12 of his points in the first half as Meade took a 37-29 lead. In the third period, Antoan Mitchell, who led Arundel with 19 points, sank his third of four threes with four minutes left to bring Arundel within a point at 42-41.

Threes by Lewis and Benson closed the period with Meade up 54-45. Arundel got within two at 56-54 with 6:02 left in the game on a basket by Antiny Leake.

Williams scored six of his points in the last 2:22 to keep Arundel from coming all the way back.

"We were feisty and just kept fighting back," said Arundel coach Sam Golder, whose team shot 40 percent (25-for-63). "But we just couldn't get over the hump."

Nick Minor led Arundel with 18 points. Leake added 15 and eight rebounds.

Class 3A East

No. 2 Annapolis 68, Wilde Lake 57: Junior guard Laronja Owens became the first Panther to score 1,000 career points as an underclassman, but more importantly he prevented a major upset by scoring 20 of his 35 points in the final period.

Owens, who started the game with 999 points, became the ninth Panther to score 1,000. He was 20-for-23 from the line, 13-for-16 in the last eight minutes. Annapolis (24-0) trailed the Wildecats (9-14) by two going into the last quarter.

Marcus Neal, Owens' All-Metro backcourt mate from last year, is the all-time Annapolis leader with 1,744 points.

Annapolis plays host to the Friendly, a 68-51 winner over No. 12 River Hill, at 7 tomorrow night in the semifinals.

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