If Annapolis' Thomas Hawkins is going to reach 1,000 points for his career tonight, he'll have to match the county single-game scoring record.
Hawkins needs 52 points to become only the fifth player in the storied history of Annapolis boys basketball to reach the milestone. That's unlikely to happen, because such an effort has happened just once, by Glen Burnie's Tom Thibeault in 1990.
Hawkins, a 6-foot-3 junior swingman who became the first sophomore to be named county Player of the Year, takes 948 career points into the game against Arundel (8-12) at the Panther Den.
As the first freshman to ever play varsity at Annapolis, Hawkins scored 75 points. He had 563 points last season.
In 20 games this season for No. 3-ranked Annapolis (19-1), Hawkins has 310 points, including 16 in a 74-71 victory at Southern-Harwood on Tuesday.
The late James Butler is the Panthers' all-time scoring leader with 1,324 points in three seasons (1983-86). Hawkins is taking aim on the record with at least three games left this season and all of next season to go.
It's interesting that with all its success, including two state titles (1974 and 1990) and a Maryland-record 24 appearances in the state tournament at Cole Field House, that Annapolis has not had more than four 1,000-point scorers.
Until recently, however, the careers of most Panthers were two seasons or three at most because numerous ninth graders attended junior high and usually began their careers in 10th grade on the JV.
1 game, 25 treys
In Tuesday's Annapolis win over Southern, Hawkins was part of another record: the teams combined for 25 three-pointers, a single-game record.
Numerous games with combined totals of treys in the high teens have occurred since the three-point shot was introduced in 1987-88, but none has cracked 20.
Southern hit 14 from three-point range, with Ed Hicks tossing in six for 18 of his 20 points followed by Will Maynard with three threes and 21 points.
Marcus Johnson led Annapolis with six of the 11 threes and 25 points, followed by Marcus Neal, who had four threes and 22 points.
Severna Park senior Ayyub Ali, whose 25.8 points a game leads the county, joined the 500-point club Tuesday and broke a school record with 20 in a 73-55 win over South River.
In becoming the 16th county boy to score 500 points or more in a season, Ali broke the Falcons' school record of 497 set by Jon Briggs Sr. in 1967-68. Briggs did it in 19 games (26.1), and Ali had 495 through 19.
The county season record is 892 in 27 games (33.0 a game, also a county record) by Andover's Steve Stielper in 1975-76.
Ali's little brother, junior Mustafa Ali, a starting guard at the beginning, quit the team at halftime of the Old Mill game on Feb. 2.
Mustafa Ali sat in the stands in his uniform and quit because of "team differences," said coach Paul Pellicani, who couldn't find him on the bench in the second half.
"It's an unfortunate situation," said Pellicani.
The Alis transferred from Annapolis to Severna Park last season.
Anne Arundel Community College men's basketball coach Larry Alvis was ecstatic, to say the least, when he called the 24-hour Sportsline late Wednesday night.
His Pioneers had just upset Division II's top-ranked top-ranked Catonsville Community College, 68-64, in the Maryland JUCO Tournament at Baltimore City Community College.
"Anne Arundel is back, baby!" said Alvis. "It's the biggest win we've had in the last six years."
The Pioneers took a 4-20 record into the JUCO tournament as the eighth seed with Catonsville (22-3) the top seed.
Ex-Annapolis All-County point guard Juan Johnson scored 18 points for AACC.
No. 9-ranked Old Mill (18-2) set a school record for boys basketball wins with a 70-46 romp at Chesapeake (6-14) Tuesday. The Patriots visit No. 5 Meade (19-1) at 7 tonight in a key game.
The top two teams advance to the county championship game Wednesday at Meade.
Annapolis, Meade and Old Mill stand at 13-1 each going into tonight. Annapolis plays host to Arundel (8-12, 3-10). The final regular-season games are Monday.
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association is surveying schools once again on the open tournament.
The MPSSAA asked for suggestions on the lottery draw (began 1995-96) from its nearly 200 member schools last year, too, but nothing changed.
All teams qualify for postseason regardless of record, and the concept has been widely accepted. Not seeding the teams has continued as a sticking point, and the MPSSAA is asking for ideas that could possibly be implemented on a trial basis this fall.
Meanwhile, this year's basketball lottery will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at Blake High in Montgomery County.
The pairings will be on MPSSAA's Website after 7 p.m. Sunday at www.mpssaa.org.
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All-time leading Annapolis boys basketball scorers:
Rank , Player Years Pts.
1. james Butler '83-86 1,324
2. Dale Solomon '74-76 1,075
3. Boo Diggs '94-97 1,003
4. Rob Wooster '89-92 1,001
5.*Thomas Hawkins '98-99 958
* Junior with one more season.
Pub Date: 2/19/99