BALTIMORE - Severn's Brad Fowler and Jason Moran took matters into their own hands in the final period of Friday's Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference basketball game against Archbishop Curley.
Fowler, a sophomore shooting guard, exploded for eight points within a one-minute span early in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-high 13.
Moran, a junior point guard, hit seven out of 10 free throws (including six in a row) in the last two minutes to help salt away a 58-48 win for the visiting Admirals.
"All of our guards did a pretty good job for us," said five-year Severn head coach Jim Doyle. "Both Jason and Brad did a nice job of bringing the ball up-court against their man-to-man defense, although they were a little out of control at times. I think we could have done a little bit better from the foul line, (11-for-22 as a team) but Jason hit some pretty big free throws down the stretch to help pull it out."
Severn (3-1 overall, 2-0 conference) outscored its opponents, 26-16, during the final stanza. After Curley's Nick Pitrozzella converted one of two from the charity stripe to close the Admiral lead to 36-33, Fowler went to work.
With just a little over six minutes remaining, the 6-footer hit a driving baseline jumper, converted a double-pump layup in the middle of heavy traffic, canned a three-pointer from deep in the right corner and split two free throws to stretch the lead to 44-36.
Jake Mack's breakaway layup at 5:10 coupled with a pull-up jumper from Moran with less than four minutes left opened up Severn's biggest lead of the afternoon, 48-34.
"Jake didn't score that much, but he got our offense going by playing some great defense," said Doyle of his 5-foot-10 sophomore wing guard.
Severn's 1-3-1 zone had given the Friars (3-2) more than they could handle, especially in the second half. However, during the bulk of the first half, Curley's Jamal Davis peppered the Admirals for 10 of his game-high 16 points with a barrage of baseline jumpers.
"We didn't do pretty bad during the first half, it was just a case of subpar passing. We weren't putting enough into our passes, and they took advantage of that by using their quickness to force turnovers," said Curley head coach Dan Popera.
Brendan Haggerty (11 points) helped Severn keep pace with the Friars during the contest's early stages, banging inside for seven first-half points. After the hosts jumped out to a 12-9 first-quarter lead, the senior forward made good on two consecutive baskets, helping his team capture their first lead of the game at 15-14 at 5:20 in the second period.
Curley then proceeded to take a 21-15 lead, reeling off seven straight.
With less than three minutes left in the half, reserve guard Dexter Walker hit two 18-footers, and a bucket each from Haggerty and Mike Fischer knotted the game at 23-23 by intermission.
"Mike and Dexter gave us a big lift coming off of the bench during the last three minutes of the first half. Mike could start for us, but I like to have him coming off of the bench. He's a good shooter, and he runs the floor very well," said Doyle.
Popera said, "We just sort of self-destructed during the end of the first half. I'd say we were a step too slow, plus having only eight kids healthy didn't help either. But we're not making excuses; we just got out-hustled."
While relishing Severn's come-from-behind triumph, Doyle already is trying to figure a way to deal with Boys' Latin, which will travel to Severn Wednesday afternoon.
"We didn't have a lot of trouble with (the Friars) their man-to-man, but Boys' Latin plays a tough 1-3-1, plus they have a 6-foot-6 space-eater in the middle. We might have a little trouble matching up."