Annapolis tops Meade, 80-68, to gain final Class 4A, Region IV


ANNAPOLIS -- Meade gave Annapolis about a quarter's worth of bad moments in two regular-season games. The Mustangs were more of a handful last night, but an early 10-0 run gave Annapolis the control it sustained en route to an 80-68 victory in a Class 4A, Region IV semifinal.

The victory sends top-seeded Annapolis against visiting and No. 3 Broadneck in tomorrow's 7 p.m. final. The Bruins knocked off No. 2 Old Mill, 72-70, in triple overtime in the other semifinal.

That result did not give Panthers coach John Brady what he wanted. "Psychologically, it would be better if we played Old Mill because they beat us [68-60] during the season," Brady said. "But, it's really six of one and a half-dozen of another."

Broadneck lost twice to Annapolis, and will be hard-pressed to handle the defending state 4A champions on their home court and in playoff time -- especially if the Panthers execute the way they did at times last night.

Foremost there was Ron Hubbard, who scored eight of his team-high 24 points as the fourth- seeded Mustangs (18-6) clung to a 13-13 tie in the first six minutes. Then, Annapolis (20-3) exploited four straight Meade turnovers on the 10-0 spurt that opened a 25-15 lead at the quarter.

Delmore Howard (22 points) scored 12 of Annapolis' first-quarter points, then gave way to Dennis Edwards. He scored 12 of his game-high 27 as Annapolis led by at least six points through the second period.

David Beck led Meade's last run at the beginning of the third quarter. Beck made two three-pointers to pull the Mustangs to within 41-36 with 11 minutes to play, but Howard scored eight straight to reopen a 10-point lead, 51-41, two minutes later.

L Annapolis led by 17 points four times in the fourth quarter.

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