Kevin Barnes celebrated his signing of a national letter of intent for a football scholarship to the University of Maryland yesterday by leading Old Mill's boys basketball team to an 83-80 comeback win over Annapolis.
Barnes scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the last period as the No. 18 Patriots overcame a 12-point deficit.
"Today was a good day for me and losing a game like this tonight would have just ruined the whole day," said Barnes, a 6-foot-2 and 165-pound All-Metro defensive back headed for College Park.
"It was a good way to end it. We have clutch players without a big superstar. I had been in a slump and it was a good day to come out of it."
The host Patriots (12-3) also overcame a career-high 42 points and six of the team's 10 three-pointers by Tavon Randall of the Panthers (9-7).
Old Mill trailed 65-53 early in the fourth quarter, but outscored the Panthers, 30-15, in a furious, final period. Both teams shot 54 percent for the game, Old Mill, 34-for-63 from the field and Annapolis was 30-for-56.
The Patriots placed all five starters in double figures in running their Anne Arundel County league record to 8-2. Annapolis is 6-4.
Alex Buchholz and Terrell Ingram added 17 points each, Shane Rickmon added 12 and Greg Phelps had 10 for the winners.