Severn lost yesterday in overtime, 62-56, to Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference basketball rival Park School, but the game was much closer than the score might indicate.
Oh, it was painfully close.
"The two walking calls hurt us. My big guy fouling out hurt us, and that timeout call hurt us," Admirals coach Jim Doyle summed up after the non-divisional contest. "Plus we missed a couple of free throws down the stretch and they made them all."
A recap is in order, beginning with the overtime period, in which the Bruins outscored the Admirals, 13-7.
Park's Will Wharton -- the game's high scorer with22 points -- scored seven points in overtime, including five of six free throws.
Still, the Admirals -- behind Jason Moran (13 points)-- were able to rally; the score was 59-56 with 20 seconds left. Andeven though Brad Fowler (a team-high 14 points) fouled out at that point, they still had a shooter's chance.
Severn's Mike Fisher narrowly missed two three-point attempts, but Moran made the mistake of calling a timeout when the Admirals had none left, resulting in their second technical foul of the night.
Alex Ralph sank the two technical foul shots, and Wharton hit another free throw for the winning margin.
"I'll take responsibility for the timeout call," said Doyle. "I just didn't communicate. We're disappointed, but I'm happy with their effort. We're young and we'll come back from this one."
Senior Brendan Haggerty (10 rebounds per game), the Admirals' big man, fouled out of the game in the fourth quarter with just four points. He left just seconds after Wharton sank his second three-pointer to tie the game for the first time, 47-47, with three minutes, 13 seconds left in regulation.
Severn had the ball with 39 seconds left and thegame knotted at 49, but Jake Mack (seven points) was called for traveling on his way through the paint.
With 23 seconds left, Fowler trapped Ralph at midcourt to force a jump ball. The Admirals again wonpossession, but Mack traveled again with seven seconds remaining.
Despite the loss, Severn (6-3 overall, 3-0 in Division II) is off toits best start in 20 seasons, having beaten rivals Boys' Latin for the first time in 15 years and St. Mary's for the first time in a decade.
Haggerty, who stands 6-foot-2, is the only senior starter on asquad that starts three sophomores and a junior.
Sophomore guardsMack and Fowler and center/forward Chris Pitkin are second-year starters from a team that took a 6-13 record into a shocking playoff upset of then top-seeded Friends School.
Park (8-6, 4-2 Division I) was led by 6-foot-1, do-everything guard Todd Kerr, who came into the game averaging 23 points. He is being chased by several Division I Colleges, including Lehigh and Lafayette.
"He's the best player in the league and I don't think any coach would refute that," said Park coach Webb Johnson.
Kerr (16 points) injured his ankle with 52 seconds left in the first quarter, from which the Admirals emerged with a 12-11 lead. The Bruins didn't regain the lead until overtime.
The game was tied, 18-18, with three minutes to go in the second quarter,but the Admirals rallied to take a 28-20 lead into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Admirals opened their biggest lead of the game, 34-22, but the Bruins -- thanks to the return of Kerr and hiseight points in the period -- closed with a 14-6 run and trailed, 40-36, to start the fourth period.