Diggs-powered Annapolis cruises by Southern, 75-58

January 18, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After a long layoff because of the snow, both Annapolis and Southern showed both brilliance and rustiness, but it was visiting Annapolis that started fast and sustained consistency over the long haul in posting a 75-58 win over the Bulldawgs in Harwood.

Annapolis (9-2) shot 51 percent from the floor in the first half and 47 percent for the game compared to 37 percent (23-for-62) by the home team. The Panthers were surprisingly sharp -- hitting 27 of 57 attempts, including four three-pointers. Ryan Dacey (11 points) made three of the three-pointers and was one of four Panthers in double digits.

"Absolutely I'm pleased with the way we played, especially after yesterday's practice, " said Annapolis coach John Brady. "We weren't enthused at all [in practice]. They must have been saving it.

"Their level of aggressiveness and intensity was amazing after what was just our second practice in 2 1/2 weeks. It's always fun to play Tom [Albright] and Southern, because it's going to be up-tempo and a lot of scoring."

Germaine "Boo" Diggs had the most fun for Annapolis with 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final period to bury the Dawgs after they made their final run. Diggs was unstoppable in the post, finishing with game-high totals in rebounds (10) and blocks (four).

Brian Barber had 12 points and seven rebounds to complement Diggs.

Southern (5-5) outscored the No. 6 Panthers in the middle periods after falling behind 28-11 after the first period. Nine turnovers put the Dawgs in the hole.

"The layoff definitely hurt us, but we played well at times and made a couple runs but just couldn't keep it going, " said Albright.

The Dawgs twice got within seven points in the third period, and trailed by 56-45 to start the final quarters before Diggs took over. Adam Booth (six rebounds) and Dominic Medley scored 14 points each for Southern.

"I just wish we could have had more time to prepare for them and that inbounds play they were using to Diggs, " said Albright, in his 31st season. "We just couldn't make the adjustments, but the kids played hard and this team is a pleasure to coach."

Time and time again, the likes of Barry Booth, Phil Hyman (10 points) and other Panthers got the ball into Diggs.

"There were people all around him [Diggs] in that 1-3-1 zone they play and Boo showed what great hands he has," said Brady.

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