Annapolis stops Meade No. 3 Panthers unbeaten despite 17 turnovers; Boys basketball


It wasn't a typical Annapolis-Meade game last night as the No. 3-ranked Panthers outlasted No. 20 Meade, 54-48, to remain unbeaten in the Capital City. The game matched a pair of 5-0 teams.

"I think everybody was looking for a whole lot of action, but it was a sloppy game, man," Annapolis sophomore Marcus Neal said. "All of us was going around couldn't nobody hold the ball or nothing was a rough game."

Neal, one of three Panthers in double digits with 13 points, talked about his team's 17 turnovers to the Mustangs' 14.

Junior Thomas Hawkins led Annapolis with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Charles, who had seven boards and four blocked shots, had 14 points for Meade.

Each team had eight giveaways in the first half as Annapolis took a 31-30 lead despite shooting only 31 percent (12-for-39) as compared to Meade's 54 percent.

Meade's shooting from the floor fell off drastically in the second half and it cost the Mustangs. Meade threw in only seven of 32 in the last 16 minutes; Annapolis sank 11 of 28 to hang on.

Meade outscored Annapolis 12-10 in the third period, but the Panthers closed on a three by Marques Johnson and a basket by Neal to give Annapolis a 44-36 lead.

Neal scored four more in the final period while Travis Foster, who had four blocked shots and 11 points, came up with two of his seven boards in key situations.

Meade got within 48-45 on a bucket by Melvin Montgomery (eight points, five rebounds) with about four minutes left. Neal answered with a reverse layup to push the Panthers' lead to 50-45 and a one-handed drive by Hawkins made it 52-45 with 2: 30 left.

Terrell Ross sank the first of two at the line, but when he missed the second with 2: 19 remaining, the 6-foot-5 Foster snatched the rebound. At the other end, Neal's layin iced it at 54-46 with over a minute left.

Pub Date: 12/23/98

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