Gilman basketball coach Tim Holley has watched Greyhounds guard Jimmy Fields put on quite a few shooting exhibitions the past four years.
His uncanny ability to score is precisely what has earned the senior a reputation as one of the area's premier players.
But Fields' second-quarter performance against Friends yesterday in the quarterfinal round of the Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Tournament at Gilman might have topped them all.
Fields scored 20 points in the quarter -- thanks to five three-pointers -- and went on to tally 32 for the game in leading the defending champion Greyhounds to a 93-80 win over the Quakers.
He connected on six of eight three-point attempts for the game, helping Gilman build a double-digit lead early in the game and throwing Friends' defense into a quandary.
In other quarterfinal games, second-seeded and 13th-ranked Severn handled seventh-seeded Boys' Latin, 84-67; fourth-seeded John Carroll defeated fifth-seeded St. Paul's, 77-62; and top-seeded and 12th-ranked McDonogh beat ninth-seeded Lutheran, 85-55.
Today, third-seeded Gilman (15-7) plays Severn (21-3) at 4, and top-seeded McDonogh (14-4)-- the newly crowed MSA B Conference champion -- meets John Carroll at 6.
The winners advance to the championship game tomorrow at 8.
Fields will be hard-pressed to match yesterday's performance.
When talking about it, Holley just smiles and shakes his head.
"Jimmy was just in a zone," Holley said. "He was hitting everything. To him, 25-footers were layups. Everything he threw up went in."
Against sagging man-to-man coverage, Fields delivered from just over the three-point line on his first couple of shots, then moved farther out on each successive attempt as the Quakers came up to guard him.
By his final three-pointer, he was nearly 25 feet from the basket.
"I was shooting pretty well in warm-ups, so I knew I'd have a big game," said Fields, who entered the day averaging a little more than 22 points. "The guys got me the ball early, and I just got my shot going."
Holley said that Fields' hot shooting does more than put points onto the scoreboard.
"When he starts hitting those shots, it just opens everything else up," Holley said. "They have to come out to guard him, which frees up our inside guys. It also helps us to set up our press. Then when he misses, the long rebounds help us since we don't have much size underneath."
In other action, McDonogh and Severn each moved one step closer to a rematch of last Saturday's MSA B Conference title game.
After a slow start, McDonogh looked sharp.
Trailing 14-8, it turned up the defensive pressure and outscored the Saints 25-3 for a 33-17 lead with 2:35 left in the first half.
Center Bobby Sabelhaus scored 20 in the half on his way to a game-high 29 points.