On Tuesday night, 10th-seeded Archbishop Spalding became the first team in the history of the Independent Schools Tournament to beat a higher seed.
Last night in the quarterfinals, the Cavaliers nearly pulled off another upset before falling to second-seeded Severn, 57-52.
In other quarterfinals yesterday, four-time defending tournament champion Gilman defeated Boys' Latin, 58-47; St. Paul's beat John Carroll, 50-36; and McDonogh beat Friends, 74-36.
In today's semifinals, Gilman and McDonogh meet at 6 p.m. and St. Paul's and Severn at 8 p.m. The championship game is tomorrow at 8 p.m.
In the best game of the day, Severn (18-5) won its ninth straight, but struggled to get past a Spalding team it had already beaten twice this season by nine and 15 points.
"They [Spalding] played pretty well," said Severn coach Jim Doyle. "They knew they had a chance to get some respect. For some reason they match up real well with us. I said all along Spalding was a good team even though they were 6-6 in the league [MSA C Conference, which Severn won]. They showed everyone they can play."
Senior Andrew Webb led Severn with 19, junior Matt Fowler added 14, senior Jason Moran had 12 and junior Chris Pitkin had 10.
Fowler scored 11 in the first half to carry much of the load for Severn and Webb took over in the second half, scoring 11, including a three-point play with 1:45 left to put the Admirals ahead for good at 51-48.
Spalding (7-10) cut the lead to one twice, the last time on a short turnaround jumper by Doug Little to make it 53-52 with 30 seconds left. Pitkin and Moran each sank two free throws in the final 30 seconds to put the game away.
"I thought Brad played real well today," said Doyle. "He got us started. He hadn't been playing all that well since breaking his leg [in December]."
Spalding never trailed by more than five. In fact the Cavaliers led 17-14 after the first quarter before Severn rallied behind Fowler to take a 30-29 lead at the half. Severn led 42-37 after three quarters.
Four players were in double figures for Spalding. Senior Edgar Wright had 13, junior Rich Reilly had 11 and sophomore Doug Little and junior Brian Mohr each had 10.
Sophomore guard Jimmy Fields finished with 14, senior forward Cheo Hurley had 13 and senior forward Victor Carter-Bey had 12 as Gilman (8-16) raced to a 41-25 halftime lead then held off the Lakers (16-10).
St. Paul's (15-8) raced to a 19-8 first-quarter lead and cruised over John Carroll. Senior guard Rob Bouse scored 17 and senior forward Simms Jenkins had 11 for the Crusaders.
Eleven players scored as No. 17 and top-seeded McDonogh (12-6) had little trouble with Friends (8-11). Sophomore guard Donta Evans and senior guard Todd Borz each had 11 to lead the Eagles and senior center Matthew Harley added 10.