Annapolis got a wonderful floor game from point guard Justin Brown and a strong inside game from forward Kevin Coates in its 10th win in a row, 81-59, over visiting Arundel last night to create a three-way tie for first place in the Anne Arundel County league.
Annapolis led 37-28 at the half and opened the second half with an 11-2 run to take an 18-point lead, and the Wildcats could never catch up. The Wildcats put the Panthers on the line 27 times in the last eight minutes and the hosts made 19.
Brown scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in the second half. Coates, 6 feet 5 and a fellow junior, scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 16 rebounds.
"If we win out, we can be in the county championship game," said Brown. "That's what we're after right now, and we've come a long way."
With the win, the No. 14 Panthers (12-4) moved into a first-place tie with No. 12 Arundel (12-3) and No. 11 Old Mill (14-1). Each of the three is 9-1 in the league, with Old Mill losing to Annapolis and the latter losing to Arundel, 65-45, in December.
Brown was 10-for-12 at the line in the final period and 12-for-16 for the night.
"Scoring-wise, Justin played his best, but also, defensively, he sometimes takes breaks, but tonight he was solid defensively," said Annapolis coach Dale Chambers, who had head coach John Brady back on the bench with him last night for the first time since the start of the season.
Brady, who is the head coach but has been recovering from surgery while Chambers ran the team, allowed the latter to run the club last night.