`Well-balanced' Mt. Carmel routs Annapolis

No. 13 Mount Carmel 74 Annapolis 57

Boys basketball

December 29, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Mount Carmel's balance of inside and outside scoring was too much for host Annapolis last night at the 33rd Fred Stauffer Cap City Classic.

The No. 13 Cougars raced to a 15-point lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 74-57 rout of the host Panthers (5-2).

Marcanthony Franks, a 6-foot-8 center-forward, dominated in the paint for Mount Carmel with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Dwayne Wheeler, Stanford McNair (six rebounds) and Troy Franklin were hot from the perimeter with 17, 16 and 11 points, respectively.

"We're definitely well-balanced on the offensive end," said coach Tom Rose, whose Cougars were playing in the Cap City for the first time. "We've got matchup problems all across the floor, which really helps us, and our guys are unselfish. And our defense creates a lot of opportunities for us."

The Cougars (12-1) shot a torrid 55 percent (18-for-33) from the field in the first half to take a 41-20 lead to intermission.

The 33rd Cap City Classic might be one that Annapolis coach John Brady will want to forget after his Panthers started out hitting only one of 18 shots in the first eight minutes.

"I told our guys before the game that these guys know how to play and are very clever with the ball, and we're going to have our work cut out for us," said Brady, who has coached the Panthers all 33 years.

Garree Boston led Annapolis with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Chris Brice and Bryant Eng chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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