Hyman has career game for Annapolis Reserve guard scores 30 in win over Northern-C

February 28, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Phil Hyman was in the twilight zone last night and Boo Diggs was in a sea of frustration.

The two Annapolis players were definitely miles apart even though they were on the same floor during a 60-48 victory over Northern of Calvert in the Class 4A East Region quarterfinals at Annapolis.

Hyman, who has never started a game for the Panthers, came off the bench midway through the first quarter and started "zoning" with an unbelievable assortment of shots to rack up a career-high 30 points.

Hyman, a 6-foot junior, had never scored more than 18 points.

Hyman started his show with 10 points in the final four minutes of the first quarter and wound up with four three-point shots.

When Hyman drove to the basket from the left corner and tossed up an off-balance prayer that went in for a 49-42 lead with 4:32 left in the game, Northern coach Rick Weber called timeout.

Northern (17-5) came to eighth-ranked Annapolis (19-5) prepared to stop Diggs (21-point average to lead Anne Arundel County) and Ryan Dacey (17 points a game).

Mission accomplished.

The two big Panthers scorers combined for a total of four free throws, with Dacey hitting all four of those in the final 44 seconds.

That left Diggs scoreless for the first time in his celebrated career at Annapolis.

Diggs has been targeted as a major Division I college player and is being recruited by the likes of Georgetown and Maryland.

James Madison is also getting into the act and assistant JMU coach Chuck Driesell was in the crowd to watch last night's game.

"I don't care if he didn't score any points," said Driesell. "This Diggs is a super player."

Diggs, who never stopped playing strong defense even though he collected his second foul with 1:54 left in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the first half, drew a loud ovation with 2:38 left in the game when he raced from the foul line to the right corner and rejected Khalil Parran's shot far into the stands.

"If anybody had told me that Boo and Ryan would only get four points between them but we would still win, I wouldn't have believed them," said Annapolis coach John Brady.

"They did a good job on Boo. I thought some more fouls could have been called on them but everything worked out well for us. This should give us a lot of confidence to know we can win with Boo and Ryan scoring only four points."

Northern was led by the outside shooting of foul-plagued Jerome Adams (16 points) and the inside play of Taylor (15 points).

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