Annapolis pulled away from visiting City in the final period last night, coasting to a 63-47 victory for a 3-0 record that made Panthers coach John Brady the state's all-time winningest public school basketball coach with 593 career victories.
Brady, who is 593-112 (.841) at the start of his 29th season at Annapolis, passed former Thomas Johnson coach Tom Dickman. Dickman, who is now coaching Hood College, was 592-135 (.814) in 29 seasons at Thomas Johnson.
"It's been so much fun and gone so fast, it only seems like a hundred wins," said Brady, who ranks fifth in victories overall - private schools included - on the Maryland list that has former DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten at the top with a record of 1,274-192 (.869) in 46 seasons.
The only active boys coach ahead of Brady is St. Maria Goretti's Cokey Robertson, who ranks second with more than 700 wins.
The late Ray Mullis of Cardinal Gibbons had 621 career victories, followed by former Loyola coach Jerry Savage, who had 609 wins and is in his second season as coach of the Maryvale girls team.
Playing without 6-foot-5 senior center/forward Kevin Coates, who was Anne Arundel County's Player of the Year last season, the Panthers got big games from 6-foot-5 forwards David Chapman, who had 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, and Daishawn Anderson, who had a game-high 22 points and six rebounds.
Coates injured an ankle in Monday's 61-55 victory over Broadneck and is expected to miss a week (four games).
Last night's game was tied at 41 going into the last eight minutes, but the Panthers went on a 14-2 run that led to a 24-9 period.
"Yes, sir. Yes, sir, we really had a defensive effort [last period] and came back with the boards," said Chapman, whose father, Manzie Chapman, played for Brady in the '80s.
"Congratulations to Coach and thanks, Dad," Chapman added. "It's my turn now."
Panthers senior guards Justin Brown (11 points, six assists, five steals, five defensive rebounds) and Lateef Williams (11 points, nine rebounds) also contributed to the victory.
City (3-1) was led by Patrick White's 21 points and five rebounds.