Annapolis boys upend No. 12 Broadneck, 71-66

With a hot shooting performance from senior guard Delonte Joyce in the first half, a more balanced effort in the second and a key defensive adjustment in the final minutes, the Annapolis boys basketball team came away with a 71-66 win at No. 12 Broadneck on Friday night.

Joyce scored 22 of his team-high 24 points in the first half, while the Panthers' defense clamped down in the final five minutes after the Bruins erased their 11-point lead.

Annapolis, which also got 17 points form Domico James and 15 from Tajuan Watson, improved to 11-3 overall and 7-3 in Anne Arundel County, while the Bruins (13-2) fell to 9-2 in league play.

After Broadneck junior forward Darnell Solomon (game-high 29 points) hit a 3-pointer to tie the score at 53 with 4:47 to play, the Panthers kept the home team from scoring for 3:53 in the midst of an 11-0 run to restore order and avenge an early-season loss.

After seeing their lead vanish, the Panthers called timeout, looking for a basket to end the drought while setting up a plan to contain Solomon. James provided both, hitting a big 3 and also guarding Solomon.

"Things like that … you got to get a basket after that and we did, and we made a couple shots and we were in better shape. But we had to stop [Solomon], so we went to box-and-one down the stretch and that helped," said Annapolis coach John Brady, who assigned James to defend Solomon. 

"They beat us by 11 the first time, so to come to their place and win is a big deal — they're a good team, a real good team."

Brady was concerned his team might have come out sluggish after two days of not practicing because of the winter weather. Instead, Joyce was sharp. He scored 13 in the first quarter, and a follow shot with 18 seconds left in the second gave him 22 points in the half as the Panthers held a 36-25 advantage at the break.

"In the first game [against Broadneck], I didn't do all that well, so I knew I had to help my team by coming out strong to give us a lift," Joyce said.

Solomon took over the second half to bring the Bruins back. Trailing 53-44 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter, he scored seven points in a 9-0 Bruins run that tied the score. But a key 3-pointer from James, his defense on Solomon the rest of the way and free throws — the Panthers made 14 of 18 in the final two minutes — proved to be the difference.   

"We expended a lot of energy getting to that point, and it was kind of difficult to get over the hump. But, all in all, we just didn't play a very clean basketball game, so we'll look at some video and hopefully learn from it," Broadneck coach John Williams said.

No. 15 Glenelg Country School 66, Boys' Latin 55: The visiting Lakers got a game-high 27 points from Wells Stanwick but fell short against the Dragons (17-3).

Isaiah Miles led Glenelg Country with 20 points, and Cesar Jove-Vives had 18.

Glen Burnie 91, Chesapeake-AA 53: Larry Mike scored 18 points to lead the host Gophers (13-2) past the Cougars.

High School Showcase postponed: The Baltimore City Community College High School Showcase scheduled for Saturday at the P.E. Center was postponed because of inclement weather in Philadelphia. Showcase participant Philadelphia Electrical Technology and Charter School was unable to leave because of weather conditions.

The inaugural game was to feature the Philadelphia school and top-ranked Patterson.

Girls basketball

No. 10 Roland Park 40, No. 9 St. Vincent Pallotti 34: Daisy Alaeze scored 15 points and the host Reds (10-6) upset the Panthers (9-7). Roland Park led 22-14 at the half.

North County 47, Northeast 37: Brielle Bradford scored 19 points to power the host Knights (10-3) past the Eagles.

Meade 65, Old Mill 37: Imani Bailey had 19 points to lead the visiting Mustangs (11-4) past the Patriots.

Arundel 53, Southern 49: Tiffany Grant scored 12 points and the visiting Wildcats (7-7) outscored the Bulldogs 12-3 in the third quarter and hung on to win.

Indoor track

Millrose Games: Loyola's Matt Jablonski came up a little short despite a furious late kick and finished second in the high school mile at the 104th Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Chad Noelle of Greene (N.Y.) won the race in 4 minutes, 16.71 seconds to hold off Jablonski, who finished in 4:16.88.

Madeline Dulac of McDonogh finished ninth of 10 in the girls mile with a time of 5:06.84. Samantha Nadel of North Shore (N.Y.) won in 4:50.58.

Jablonski and Dulac were The Baltimore Sun's Cross Country Runners of the Year this past fall. Both are seniors; Jablonski is headed to Oregon while Dulac will attend Bucknell. They're the first local runners to qualify for the Millrose Games in recent memory.

Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.