Diggs, Annapolis contain Broadneck rally, 57-47 No. 6 Panthers move within game of Bruins

February 10, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After coasting to a 45-32 lead through three periods, No. 6 Annapolis had to withstand a furious fourth-period rally by No. 9 Broadneck before posting a 57-47 victory in Cape St. Claire last night.

Annapolis' 6-foot-7 Boo Diggs (16 points, six rebounds, one block, two steals) is best known for his prolific offense, but last night, he proved he can play defense in holding Broadneck's Jamaine Young to three points and no rebounds in the first half.

With Diggs, the county's leading scorer at 21.4 points per game, sitting most of the third period in foul trouble, Young could score only two from the line in failing to take advantage against Brian Barber and Matthews. Young (13 points, seven rebounds) sparked a 13-0 run in the final period with eight of his points, including a game-tying basket (45-45) with 3:16 left.

The Panthers answered with an 8-0 run highlighted by a post pass from Matthews (12 points, nine rebounds, two assists) to Diggs that Annapolis coach John Brady called "the key play and basket down the stretch."

That score gave Annapolis a 51-45 lead with just over two minutes left. Broadneck would score only once more on a jumper by Mike Tasker (16 points).

"I thought Linford played a great game and that post pass to Boo was critical, giving us the cushion we needed," said Brady.

The victory was the Panthers' second over the Bruins this season and leaves Annapolis (15-4, 10-3) a game behind Broadneck (13-5, 11-2) in the Anne Arundel County South Division with three games left this week.

"It was big because we had to win to have a chance at the county championship, and Boo did a great job on Young," said Brady. "The first time we played them, Boo did not guard him."

Diggs shielded Young in the first half as the Bruins were outrebounded, 16-8, and had only one offensive rebound and no second-shot scores. Young, who came in averaging 20 points and nine boards a game, scored the Bruins' first two points of the third period from the line before getting hot in the last period.

"Their [Annapolis] game is pressure and we did not execute in the first half and didn't shoot well while Annapolis did," said Broadneck coach Ken Kazmarek.

"They seemed to back off the pressure in the second half and it's a shame after that great run we made we didn't take it."

Brady says his Panthers "backed off" because all five starters had three fouls each except for Diggs who had four.

"Boo was afraid to get too close to Young in that last period, and he took advantage and put them right back in the game," said Brady. "But a game like this will help us down the stretch in the playoffs.

"We did some good things, stayed alert, executed and got the ball to our foul shooters. A game like this is good for our confidence."

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