As usual, Severna Park senior Rich Riffle had a big-time game against Glen Burnie.
Luckily for the Falcons, so did a few of his teammates.
Riffle, with 24 points, was one of four Severna Park players in double figures, and the third-seeded Falcons extended their season at least another night by downing No. 6 Glen Burnie, 86-75, last night in 4A Region IV boys basketball action.
Seniors Scott Brown and Craig Dorsey added 18 points each, and junior Tim Bowerman scored eight of his 10 points in the second half. Senior Bob Evans scored all 10 of his points in the second half.
Glen Burnie, losers of four of its last five games, ends the year at 12-11. Severna Park (16-7) has won four of its last five, the only loss coming against Annapolis last Friday, 86-83.
The Falcons travel to second-seeded Meade for Thursday's 7 p.m. semifinal game. The final is Saturday at the site of thehighest seed.
Meade beat Severna Park twice during the regular season, 72-71 on Jan. 13 and 73-66 on Feb. 14.
It didn't appear the Falcons would get another crack at the Mustangs. Severna Park scored the game's first two points, then didn't reclaim the lead until an Evans three-pointer with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the third quarterput the hosts ahead, 59-57.
The lead changed hands twice more until a Bowerman three-pointer moved Severna Park in front for good, 74-71, with 6:10 left in the game.
"We tightened up our defense at halftime. I think we were overanxious at first," said Riffle, who has 71 points in three games against Glen Burnie.
Vernon Osborne led the Gophers with 17 points, giving him 60 against the Falcons this season. Ted Wolf and Jeff Gross each had 14 points.
Glen Burnie lookedinvincible early, scoring on a variety of improbable shots, gathering every loose ball and playing nearly mistake-free to lead, 25-13, after one quarter.
The lead grew to 38-20 after Osborne scored inside for two of his 13 first-half points.
Glen Burnie was ahead, 41-24, with 2:55 left in the half when the Falcons went on a 12-2 run that climaxed with a Brown three-pointer with 50 seconds remaining.
The teams traded baskets before Glen Burnie's Bill Dykhuis swished a jumper at the buzzer to give the visitors a 47-38 lead.
The Gopherswere 18 of 37 from the field in the half, while Severna Park shot 11of 32.
A 15-of-17 effort from the line helped keep Severna Park close. The Falcons went 20 of 26 for the game.