The No. 2 seeded Meade boys basketball team came from behind last night to defeat third-seeded Severna Park, 70-67, in overtime in a Class 4A Region IV semifinal.
Butch Somerville tallied a team-high 15 points, and Robby Somerville added 14 to pace the Mustangs (16-7).
Rich Riffle poured in a game-high 23 points for the Falcons (14-8) before fouling out with 33 seconds remaining in the overtime.
The Mustangs, who defeated the Falcons in both regular-season encounters, came out running in the first quarter and mounted a 9-1 lead following a steal and ensuing layup from junior guard Derek Barret.
Meade's offense cooled as quickly as it caught fire, missing six of its last first-quarter field-goal attempts, which allowed the Falcons to pull back to within five, 18-13.
A Riffle-led Severna Park squad managed to tie things up in the waning seconds of the second quarter, but a ferocious dunk by Meade's 6-foot-8 senior center Brian Parker brought the Mustangs crowd to its feet and gave the hosts a 36-32 leadat the half.
Severna Park chipped away at the Mustangs lead in the third quarter and knotted the score at 38 following a Scott Brown jumper in the paint. The Falcons led by as many as five in the period,but a trio of field goals by Butch Somerville cut the lead to 50-48 heading into the final quarter.
The Mustangs managed to tie the score four times in the fourth quarter but never led despite several opportunities.