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Brady wins 400th as Annapolis rolls by Northern No. 11 Panthers to face Landon in Cap City final


Annapolis coach John Brady became the ninth boys basketball coach in state history to reach 400 career wins as No. 11 Annapolis rolled over Northern of Calvert County, 79-56, in the Panthers' Cap City Classic.

Brady (400-76) reached the magic number in his 20th season despite the absence of forward Germaine "Boo" Diggs. The team's leading scorer and rebounder, Diggs has the chickenpox and could be out several weeks.

Fellow 6-7 senior forward Brian Barber picked up the slack, scoring 24 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots. Barber scored 16 in the second half as the Panthers (4-2) pulled away.

"There's always going to be a difference without him [Diggs] in there, but we all sucked it up," said Barber. "It was a team effort."

Scott Raspa and Todd Nicolini chipped in with 15 and 12 points.

"We weren't really concentrating on that [Brady's 400th]," added Barber. "We were concentrating on the opponent and getting another win."

Brady refused to talk to the media afterward because he is upset over published reports on two of his players quitting last week.

The Booth twins, Barry and Byron, who had quit the team on Dec. 19 after a dispute over Brady's coaching style, returned last night.

They left at halftime of the Severna Park game with Byron claiming that Brady had gotten "too personal" in his criticism, but Brady made it known they could come back because he felt they were "good kids."

Brady, who appeared more reserved last night -- sucking on a water bottle most of the game -- met with the Booths this week and they decided to return.

"We're not commenting on any of that," said Byron Booth. "We're just back to play."

The twins combined for nine points, several assists and superb defensive plays last night.

Annapolis meets Landon of D.C. at 8 tonight for the Cap City title. With 62 points between Jordan Archibald (35) and Tony Mboya (27), Landon (5-2) was a 92-77 victor over North County.

Sean Brown had eight three-pointers and 27 points for North County (3-3), which plays Northern in the consolation game at 6 p.m.

Host Annapolis last won its own tournament three years ago. Pallotti, the tourney winner the last two years, did not return this season.

Annapolis maintained an 11-point lead in each of the first two periods. Nicolini and Raspa combined for 14 points in the initial period as the Panthers took a 28-17 lead. Nicolini had a pair of threes and eight points.

Byron Booth, Brian Barber and DeMarkus Green scored the first six points of the second period for a 34-19 Panthers lead, but the Patriots got it down to 37-26 at the break.

In the first game, the Knights started with a 25-19 first-period lead, shooting 11-for-19 from the floor, before falling apart in the second period.

Landon converted four turnovers into nine points during a 20-4 run to start the second period.

North County fought back, but Archibald took over in the final period, scoring 16 of his game-high 35, including his fourth and final three-pointer.

Pub Date: 12/28/96

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