It wasn't your typical Annapolis-Dunbar run up-and-down the court game.
The Poets, known for their up-tempo style, played patiently last night and got what they traveled from Baltimore to Maryland's capital for -- revenge and a win, 55-48.
Dunbar coach Lynn Badham was elsewhere last season when the Poets lost for the first time in five games at Annapolis by 60-58, but his three starting seniors filled him in.
"This was a revenge game for our kids, especially seniors Dyrell Garrett, Vander Bannister and Dwight Peay," said Badham. "The seniors led us, and we played well."
Bannister scored just four points inside but came up with nine rebounds. That tied him with 6-foot-5 sophomore Jamal Brown, who scored 15 points. Tim Lyles also scored 15 -- 11 of them in the first period to get the Poets off to a 19-13 start.
"They were too quick for us, and we got off to a bad start and never recovered," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who is two wins from the 400th of his career.
The one big thing the No. 5 Poets (2-0) did was to deny the Panthers' 6-7 forwards Germaine "Boo" Diggs and Brian Barber the ball. Those two led the No. 3 Panthers (2-1) to last year's win, and while their numbers were comparable to last year's, they lacked comparable support.
Diggs had 12 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, and Barber scored a team-high 13 points to go with nine rebounds, but otherwise, the Panthers had trouble scoring.
"Bottom line is we started creating in the second half, but couldn't finish," said Brady. "We shot abysmally, and [Dunbar was] just quicker to the ball in every aspect."
Badham had scouted the Panthers and came away with the notion that Annapolis' priority was going inside to Diggs and Barber. So, the Dunbar coach decided to shield those two as much as possible and give up the perimeter.
It worked, because Annapolis could not capitalize on good looks from the outside. "We had a chance to get back in it, but we missed too many opportunities," said Brady.
In the third quarter, Annapolis held Dunbar to only four points, cutting a 38-26 halftime deficit to five points (42-37).
Then, with 3:48 remaining in the game, Annapolis had a chance to make it a five-point game again, but Diggs missed a one-and-one, leaving Dunbar up, 48-41.
The Panthers then committed four straight turnovers that yielded six more Poet points.
Annapolis committed 21 turnovers overall, but that can be a normal and safe number for the Panthers in their running scheme. Last night, it hurt.
"We didn't create, and they wanted to play a slower tempo," said Brady.
Badham agreed and added: "We tried to stay under control."
Pub Date: 12/14/96