After a sluggish second quarter that left it four points down at intermission, Annapolis hit its first seven shots of the third quarter, went on a 13-2 run and coasted to an 84-71 victory over Old Mill last night.
Rodney Watts, who led all scorers with 24 points, scored six of the last eight Panthers points in the third quarter as seven different players scored.
Annapolis (2-1) took a 64-54 lead into the final quarter and built it to 18 with 4:25 left. Old Mill's final run came at the 1-minute mark when the Patriots pulled within nine 80-71.
"It should have been a lot easier, but we missed at the foul line [11-for-29] too often," said Annapolis coach John Brady.
"And when you're not hitting foul shots, you never feel like you've got the game won. Ronnie and Juan Johnson created a lot of offensive opportunities in the third quarter."
Juan Johnson (14 points) and Ronnie Johnson (18 points) pressured the Patriots (1-1) into a host of turnovers.
"And we did a better job against the zone tonight than we did Friday against Glen Burnie," said Brady.
The No. 10 Panthers were coming off a 92-81 loss to No. 18 Glen Burnie Friday. Old Mill (1-1) had opened with a 73-46 romp over Chesapeake.
Back-to-back losses have been rare for Annapolis under Brady (337-61), who is in his 17th season, and only twice have the Panthers lost three in row under him. Last year and 1982 are the only seasons when three-game losing streaks have occurred.
"We just ran into a really good and quick Glen Burnie team Friday and I expected us to bounce back tonight," said Brady.
"We're only going to get better. I really like this team and the way they play."
Annapolis took a 26-21 lead in the first quarter with Watts scoring nine points, including four of them off his three rebounds. Watts finished with nine boards.
The Panthers started the second quarter as if they were going to put the Patriots away early, taking a 35-24 lead, but Old Mill went on a 17-2 run to take a 41-37 halftime lead.
Sophomore forward Anthony Graves had six points and five boards in the Patriots' second-quarter surge.