Thanks in large part to its ability to set the early tempo, plus a 41-point performance by Dennis Edwards, Annapolis turned last night's game at Broadneck into The Showdown That Never Was.
The No. 9 Panthers stayed undefeated in Anne Arundel County's Bay Division with a 75-39 victory in front of a quiet sellout crowd. Annapolis is 13-2, 6-0 in the division; the Bruins dropped to 11-4, 6-2.
It was the fifth straight sellout at Broadneck in games involving these teams; they had split the previous four. This time the Panthers grabbed a 10-1 lead to set the tone and used a 16-0 run starting the third quarter to cruise to an easy victory.
The Panthers made 27 of 49 from the field and limited Broadneck to 14 of 49 (29 percent), including two of 14 in the third quarter.
Broadneck's top three scorers -- guards Jeff Vincent and John Williams and forward Damian Spain -- combined for 16 points. The trio had averaged a collective 44 points.
The off-target shooting enabled Annapolis to use its running game. And that meant Edwards, a 6-foot-5 senior who scored the first 13 points of the third quarter, scored nearly at will on transition baskets.
"When you're not shooting well, you're forced to rebound well," Broadneck Coach Ken Kazmarek said. "When you crash the offensive boards and you're not getting offensive rebounds, Dennis Edwards is going to get a lot of fast-break layups."
Boris Beck, a 7-2 senior transfer from Germany, was the Bruins' top scorer with 12. Forward Rob Wooster had 11 for Annapolis.