Hyman sparks Annapolis over Southern No. 7 Panthers coast to 101-56 win over Bulldogs

Boys basketball

February 16, 1996|By John Harris III | John Harris III,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the first five minutes of the game, it looked as though a vintage Southern-Annapolis contest was about to happen.

After falling behind early, the visiting No. 19 Bulldogs bolted to a a 14-4 run to take a 14-10 lead with 3:09 left in the first period. At that point, it was time for the Phil Hyman show to begin.

The junior shooting guard scored 11 unanswered points within a minute and a half to boost the No. 7 Panthers (17-5) to a 19-2 run.

From there, the hosts coasted to a 101-56 Anne Arundel County Southern Division win.

Annapolis senior Ryan Dacey led all scorers with 29 points, followed by Germaine "Boo" Diggs with 21 points. Diggs also grabbed a team-best 11 rebounds and blocked three shots. Hyman finished with 18 points.

"Phil picked a good time to shoot like that," said Annapolis coach John Brady. "Our whole bench has been playing well lately, and you need that in order to be a championship team.

"We didn't just beat a poor team. Southern is a good quality team who's beaten most of the teams in the county. We played really well, especially on defense."

An off-the-glass three-pointer, a layup, and two consecutive three-pointers from the left wing by Hyman, combined with a Dacey three and a follow-up by Diggs, enabled Annapolis to take a 29-16 lead by the end of the first period.

Things got worse for Southern in the second quarter, as it eventually fell behind 49-33 with 1:10 remaining on two free throws by Brian Barber (14 points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots).

"We didn't think it would be this easy," Hyman said.

"We just wanted to go out and play as hard as we could. When I got in the game, Coach said if I start feeling it, keep shooting, if not pass it. I was feeling it tonight."

As was Dacey, who hit five three-pointers.

"When we play like we did tonight, not many teams can stay with us," said Dacey, who was honored before the game for breaking the school's three-point record previously held by Rob Wooster.

"Our defense was the key. It got our offense going."

Scott Crandell led the Bulldogs (13-8) with 17 points, followed by Adam Booth and Jeff Crandell, who tallied 10 and seven points, respectively.

Annapolis outscored Southern 28-9 in the third quarter, opening up a 79-42 lead. Diggs led the way with eight points, and Dacey added seven during the span.

"Right now, we just want to practice hard for the playoffs so we can make it to Cole Field House, that's where we want to be," Hyman said.

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