No. 15 Arundel and Miller steal 91-86 win from No. 6 Annapolis

January 05, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After 46 turnovers, 51 personals resulting in four players fouling out (and another four finishing the game with four fouls), and 11 three-pointers, No. 15 Arundel left No. 6 Annapolis with a wild 91-86 victory last night.

The 91 points were the most ever given up by a John Brady-coached team other than the 1990 state championship game won by the Panthers, 106-102, over High Point.

Senior swing man Jamell Miller led five Wildcats (6-2) in double digits with a game-high 27 points, but it was his defense in the final period that broke the backs of the Panthers (7-2).

Miller (nine rebounds) had four steals (seven total) in the final period with three Wildcats, including starting guard Erik Lipton and center Darnerian McCants fouling out.

"Jamell can get like that and we needed to step up tonight," said Arundel coach Gerald Moore.

Miller's final steal came with 52 seconds remaining and led to a free throw by Joe Parker (18 points, four rebounds, five assists)

to give the Wildcats a 84-77 lead. Parker was 7-for-10 at the line while Miller was 9-for-11 and the team sank 30-of-38 attempts to 24-for-32 by Annapolis.

"They came into our gym and beat us at our own game," said Brady. "They beat us running and pressing. We had plenty of offense, but couldn't stop them.

"There are three things it takes to win at any level -- dribble penetration, not giving second shots and keeping turnovers down. We were poor in all three."

Ryan Dacey provided the Panthers with a lot of offense, hitting six three-pointers and a total of 24 points. He was followed by Germaine "Boo" Diggs, who had 18 points, five rebounds and three blocks before fouling out with 2:45 left. Linford Matthews chipped in with 17 points and four rebounds while in foul trouble.

Arundel also lost Lipton's replacement, Bill Clyburn, to fouls and had a third starter -- forward Jim Todd (10 points) -- in foul trouble with three at the half and four at the finish.

"But we had a couple guys step up on a night we needed it," said Moore. "We showed we have some depth."

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