Annapolis outshoots G. Burnie, 78-64

Panthers' DeVoe faints after win, taken to hospital

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 04, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Annapolis shot 50 percent in the first half to take a 16-point lead and finished 53 percent for the game in a 78-64 victory at Glen Burnie last night.

Annapolis junior Elliott DeVoe, son of Navy men's basketball coach Don DeVoe, fainted in the locker room after the game and was later taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

"His mom [Anna DeVoe] just told us that he is communicating and seems to be coming around," said Annapolis coach John Brady late last night while waiting for DeVoe to get a CT scan.

"The ambulance men said he gave them his phone number and started to talk on the way to the hospital. It was pretty scary there for a while."

Guard Laronja Owens and center Josh Johnson led four starters in double figures with 20 points each as the No. 5 Panthers won their 70th consecutive regular-season county league game.

The loss left No. 17 Glen Burnie at 11-4 and 7-4.

Annapolis is now 11-0 in the county this season and 15-1 overall, but the big win was overshadowed by the concern for DeVoe, the only starter not in double figures in points, but in doubles figures in rebounds. He hit his head on the floor going after one of his 10 rebounds late in the game, but got up and stayed in the game.

He started getting woozy as he entered the locker room. And after fainting, he started shaking uncontrollably.

Brady summoned Glen Burnie trainer Kelly Kimmel.

Glen Burnie officials called an ambulance while the trainer held DeVoe's head and Annapolis assistant coach Dale Chambers tried to comfort him.

An ambulance arrived within 10 minutes and had DeVoe on the way to Shock Trauma within minutes.

DeVoe's clutch rebounding helped Annapolis control the first half as the Panthers made 14 of 28 shots from the field, with Owens scoring 10 points.

By the end of the third period, Annapolis led by 18 points at 53-35. Gophers leading scorer Mitch Guest, who averages 22.8 points a game, had only eight points through the first three periods.

Guest scored 12 points in the final period in an attempt to rally Glen Burnie, but the Panthers hung on.

"You can't spot a team that quick and that good that kind of lead," said Gophers coach Mike Rudd, whose team shot 37 percent (23-for-62) for the game and got within 10 points twice in the final period.

"We didn't quit playing, but every time we made a run, they would answer it."

Brandon Albert, the Gophers' 6-foot-7, 330-pound junior, had 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. Antonio Sherrod had 14 points and seven rebounds for the Gophers while Chris Newton added 14 points.

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