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Down 3 players, Meade falls, 80-58, to No. 4 Annapolis


ANNAPOLIS -- Meade boys basketball coach Butch Young received some good news before last night's game at Annapolis.

The bad news came a little later.

Young learned earlier in the day that he would have the services of senior guard Butch Somerville, whose status had been in question for academic reasons.

Despite Somerville's game-high 23 points, and teammate Brian Parker's 20, the 18th-ranked Mustangs couldn't stop No. 4 Annapolis from rolling to an 80-58 win.

The Panthers led from the start in winning their 10th straight and improving to 14-1 overall, 4-0 in the Anne Arundel County Friendship Division. Meade is 10-6 overall, 2-2 in the division.

Senior guard Marvin Brown led Annapolis with 18 points, and senior forward Rob Wooster had 17. Wooster had scored 34 points in each of his last three games.

Though Young retained one Somerville, he lost another in Butch's cousin, Rob Somerville, who was ruled temporarily ineligible because his grade-point average fell below the county's required 1.66 to play. Rob Somerville leads Meade in scoring with 17.3 points a game and averages nearly 10 rebounds. Butch Somerville averages 13.0 points.

Young, who also lost reserves Andre McNeil and Hasaan Hamilton to grades, declined comment afterward. The three players must sit out until Feb. 28 -- 15 school days -- before they can be reinstated.

Meade could have used their help last night. Annapolis shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) in the first quarter and took a commanding 21-8 lead. By halftime, the Panthers were ahead 42-18.

"We thought it would be different," said Wooster, who was honored before the game for being nominated to the McDonald's All-American High School Basketball Team. "We figured the Meade guys who aren't getting much playing time would come in with their heads up and get their shots and see what they could do."

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