Annapolis boys look to extend county streak

SIDELINES

January 12, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

When visiting Meade comes to play at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Annapolis boys basketball team will face the last Anne Arundel County opponent to beat the Panthers.

It was March 1, 1999, in the Class 4A East quarterfinals at Meade that Annapolis last lost to a county team. Meade outlasted Annapolis, 59-56, in overtime on JoJo Whitaker's three-pointer with seconds left.

On Friday night, No. 6-ranked Annapolis (8-1) ran its winning streak over county foes to 55 in a row and 63 straight in the regular season with a hard-earned 69-59 victory at Old Mill (6-3).

"We were very happy to get out of there with a win, and [if] it had been one point, it would have been all right, " said Panthers coach John Brady. "It was kind of a discombobulated game. We were up by 14 at the half, but Josh Johnson had three fouls in the first half."

Two Annapolis starters, Elliott DeVoe and Darius Johnson, fouled out in what Brady said "was not a very smooth game."

Johnson managed to score 18 points and Laronja Owens led the way with 23 points. Kojo Snowden added 16 points.

"Old Mill is difficult to match up with because they really don't have a post game," Brady said. "Our post players had to get out and guard the perimeter. Greg [Smith, Old Mill coach] is doing a really good job with them and has them playing hard. I think Old Mill is in store for a real good season."

Greg Phelps led the Patriots with 15 points. Alex Buchholz, who was coming off a 51-point game and county-record 11 three-pointers in a 95-32 romp over Northeast (1-8) on Tuesday, had only five points.

Old Mill was the last county team to knock off Annapolis in the regular season. That came in January 1999. The Panthers went on to win their final eight county games, including the county championship game, 73-66, over Meade.

Annapolis has run off three straight 17-0 seasons to make it four consecutive county titles and is 4-0 in the league this season after the Old Mill win.

Meade (7-3) has won three in a row, including Friday's 60-40 victory over Chesapeake (3-5), since losing both games in the James T. Bogle Invitational during the holidays.

Sideliners

The Broadneck boys basketball team, which has had three straight losing seasons, ran its record to 4-5 Friday with a 70-38 win at North County (4-5). Howard Gibson scored 24 points as 20th-year coach Ken Kazmarek notched his 289th career win. ... North County athletic director Mike Baker said he expects to name a new football coach by the end of the month. ... Old Mill wrestler Josh Baynham, ranked third at 130 pounds, is the younger brother of Sean Baynham, who was a second-team All-County basketball player at Old Mill last year. "I used to play basketball in elementary school and my brother was on my team and I never got into the game," Josh said. "So, my mother asked me if I wanted to wrestle and I started in fifth grade. I've loved it ever since." ... In a three-point shootout in girls basketball Friday, Whitney Crankfield had five three-pointers and 27 points to lead Annapolis (5-2) to a 59-46 win over Old Mill (2-8), which was led by Danielle Ziegler's four three-pointers and 19 points. ... The South River boys (3-7) nipped 4-5 Arundel, 45-42, on Friday on Billy Hanczaryk's three-point buzzer-beater. ... Severna Park's Gavin Floyd, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, graces the cover of the current Baseball America. Floyd, a two-time All-Metro Player of the Year at Mount St. Joseph, is considered to be the No. 1 prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies' organization.

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