COLLEGE PARK -- Parkdale's decision to run with Annapolis ended in a high-scoring loss Dec. 6. It was a different story last night, as fourth-seeded Parkdale played more conservatively and knocked No. 1 and defending champion Annapolis from the state 4A tournament with a 62-60 victory.
Irvin Church's free throws with six seconds to play boosted Parkdale into tomorrow's 9 p.m. final against third-seeded Springbrook (18-4) at Cole Field House. The Blue Devils were 72-67 winners over second-seeded Quince Orchard (18-5) in last night's other semifinal.
Church's free throws came after Annapolis erased a 59-51 deficit in the last 5 minutes, 36 seconds and tied the game at 60 on Rob Wooster's three-point goal with 23 seconds to play. Parkdale then ran the clock down to six seconds before Church was fouled by Delmore Howard.
After Church's free throws, Annapolis advanced the ball over half court before calling time out with three seconds left. The Panthers then attempted to go to Wooster on the inbounds, but failed.
"We tried to go to Rob, but they switched on him. Gerard [Hyman] set a good screen and got him open, but their guy just made a good play [on defense]," said Annapolis coach John Brady.
Middleton in-bounded to Dennis Edwards instead, but Church knocked the ball away to end the game.
"It came down to one or two plays at the end, but that's the way it goes," Brady said. "I'm not disappointed, I'm not depressed and I'm not down. Our players had a great season."