The Severna Park miracle of 1981 will not repeat itself.
That wasthe year the Denny Saylor-coached Severna Park boys basketball team upset top-seeded Annapolis (22-1 before the game).
But Meade (18-5) made sure the Falcons (10-13) wouldn't enjoy that type of season again by winning, 65-60, the Class 4A Region IV quarterfinal playoff victory over the Falcons last night.
But it was astruggle for Meade.
With 3 minutes, 48 seconds left in the game, Severna Park's Scott Brown (26 points, including a trio of three-pointers) connected on two free throws to bring his squad to within 55-52.
But Meade's David Beck (14 points) made back-to-back field goalsto make it 59-52, and the Mustangs held on to win.
"This team is focused, and I don't think we'll be satisfied with just winning tonight," said Meade coach Butch Young, whose No. 4-seed Mustangs will visit top seed and defending Class 4A state champion, Annapolis, at 7 p.m. tomorrow. "We're ready, and I think we have as good a shot of winning the state title as anybody else."
Meade broke the game open inthe second quarter, out-rebounding the Falcons, 10-4, and building its biggest lead at that point, 41-22, en route to a 41-25 halftime advantage.
The Falcons had nine first-half turnovers, compared with four for the Mustangs.
The two teams traded buckets to open the second period as Meade led, 22-17, but the Mustangs followed with a 12-0 run.
The Falcons got back in the game in the third quarter trailing by just five after a 12-3 run. Brown's second three-pointer -- his team's fourth of the game -- made the score 47-44, with three minutes remaining, but Meade outscored the Falcons, 6-2, and led, 53-46, to start the fourth.
Nine players scored for Meade, including non-starter Lance Taylor (10 points, six rebounds) and Ron Hubbard (eight,six).
Rich Riffle (11 points), Bob Evans (eight) and Ron Green (seven points, nine rebounds) scored for Severna Park. Evans also had three blocked shots.
Beck had 20 points in each of the Mustangs' previous victories over the Falcons -- an 84-61 win three days ago and a 79-59 win Jan. 4 -- but the fifth-seed Falcons tried to shut him down early.
"We just told our kids to try to play better defense andmake them play our game and see what happens," Severna Park coach Wayne Mook said.