Annapolis storms back to stun No. 6 Glen Burnie

Coates' late scoring spree paves way to 61-59 win

Boys basketball

January 21, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Down by 11 with 4:12 remaining, host Annapolis came roaring back behind a red-hot Kevin Coates to stun sixth-ranked Glen Burnie, 61-59, in Anne Arundel County boys basketball last night.

Coates, a 6-foot-5 sophomore who had a team-high 22 points, went wild in the final period with a trio of three-pointers and a total of 13 points, all in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

A layup by Coates off a no-look pass from Tavon Randall (17 points, five rebounds) with seven seconds remaining gave the Panthers a 61-58 lead and proved to be the game-winner.

"I managed to get open and got the layup from Tavon," said Coates, who had a game-high 10 rebounds, five on the defensive side. Annapolis held the Gophers' proficient rebounders to only four offensive boards to their 16 defensive rebounds.

Glen Burnie's 6-foot-7 and 310-pound Branden Albert was limited to seven rebounds and six points. Albert was boxed out as time ran out following a missed free throw by Mitch Guest.

"We had to crowd him whenever he got the ball and contained him on the boards," said Coates. "He's a big guy and we had to keep our hands up."

Guest, who had a game-high 23 points, was fouled immediately after the Gophers got the ball in following the Coates basket. That prevented Guest, one of the area's top three-point shooters, from getting a chance to send the game into overtime.

It proved to be a smart move by Annapolis coach John Brady since the Gophers had no timeouts left. Guest hit the front end of two, missed the second and with Albert boxed out, Elliott DeVoe got the rebound for the Panthers and time expired.

The upset win was the fifth in a row for Annapolis (7-5) after a dismal 2-5 start. Most observers figured the Panthers were on their way to a losing season for the first time in 27 years under Brady.

Suddenly, the five-time defending county champions are back in the race at 5-2 in league play. Glen Burnie (10-2 overall) holds first at 8-1.

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