Slashing Diggs racks up 23 points in No. 8 Annapolis' win over Meade

January 25, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

It wasn't a vintage performance by Annapolis junior Germaine "Boo" Diggs.

But it was good enough to get the job done for the Panthers, who survived a strong fourth-quarter rally by Meade last night for a 65-56 victory at Annapolis.

Diggs, a 6-foot-7 forward, slashed his way to the basket for 23 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the eighth-ranked Panthers (11-2, 6-1 in the South Division) to their fifth straight win.

"Boo can play a lot better than this," said Annapolis coach John Brady. "But the other guys weren't playing well enough to take the heat off him. Meade is a solid defensive team and they were all over Boo."

Diggs simply created scoring opportunities for himself by using his quickness to explode to the hoop for offensive rebounds and stick-backs for baskets. He also scored three times on nifty finger rolls after going around several defenders.

Unranked Meade (7-6, 5-3 in the North Division) used its strength inside and the shooting of Wes Riddick and Lavar Robinson to build a 23-19 lead with 5:34 left in the first half.

But the Mustangs suddenly became careless with the basketball and helped Annapolis go on a 21-2 run to close out the first half for a 40-25 advantage.

Annapolis began to fade a little in the third quarter but still maintained a 54-43 lead entering the final eight minutes of the game.

Then Garnett Day, a burly 6-4 senior playing with four fouls since late in the second quarter, began to take over the game for Meade and pulled the Mustangs within two points, 58-56, with 1:25 remaining.

Meade's Kaishi Harris then was called for a foul while battling Brian Barber for a loose ball in the lane with 1:14 on the clock, giving the Panthers the ball out of bounds.

Annapolis then ran the clock down to 35 seconds before John Downs was fouled. Downs went to the line and hit two free throws for a 60-56 lead.

Meade then missed three jumpers in the final 27 seconds, enabling the Panthers to pull away.

Meade coach Butch Young said: "We just couldn't do much with Diggs because he runs the court so well and is always around the basket."

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