Severn squeezes past Gilman Laker Invitational

December 13, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

After needing two overtime periods to hold off Sidwell Friends in Friday's first round of the 19th annual Laker Invitational, Severn's boys basketball team would have welcomed a breather in yesterday's semifinal matchup with Gilman.

It got neither.

What the Admirals did get, however, was a well-earned 55-51 victory over the same Gilman team they had defeated by 27 points just a week earlier.

The victory enabled Severn to attempt to defend its tournament title when it battles Friends, a 59-39 winner over St. Paul's, in today's 3:30 p.m. championship game at Boys' Latin. Gilman will meet St. Paul's at 1:30 p.m. in the consolation game.

"I knew it was going to be this kind of game," said Severn assistant Wayne Fowler, filling in for coach Jim Doyle, who missed the game because of a prior commitment. "We beat them [80-53] last week so we knew they were going to try and slow it down."

The Admirals, who ended Gilman's two-year tournament reign with a 79-64 win in last year's championship game, tried to run with the Greyhounds early and found themselves trailing after one quarter, 14-9.

The Admirals slowed down the pace in the second quarter, and while their patience didn't win over the crowd, it did on the scoreboard where Severn led at the half, 22-21.

Severn's James Carpenter and Gilman's speedy guard Jimmy Fields shared game-high scoring honors with 21 points each, but it was Carpenter who hit his three-pointers down the stretch -- five on the day -- to lift the tiring Admirals.

Fields tied the score at 46 midway through the fourth quarter with two foul shots. Jamand Mack picked up two of his 16 points with a fadeaway jumper to get the lead back for the Admirals. Sophomore John Vereen followed with a short jumper that hit the front of the rim before going in to give Severn a 50-46 lead with 1:08 left.

Then the lights went out on the Greyhounds. Literally. When the gymnasium lights eventually came back on, Gilman missed its shots from the field and the Admirals capitalized at the foul line.

"Offensively and defensively we did exactly what we wanted to do," said Gilman coach Tim Holley. "We made a couple of mistakes down the stretch and a couple of shots didn't fall, but we were right there."

St. Paul's was never in the ballgame with Friends and trailed by 20 or more points for what must have seemed an eternity for Crusaders coach Rick Collins.

"We just weren't in sync," said Collins, whose team trailed after one quarter 25-7. "We weren't running on all of our cylinders tonight and you have to give Friends a lot of credit for that."

Sean Armstrong led the Quakers with 14 points, followed by Spencer Deering with 12.

"We're not that good and they're not that bad," said Friends coach Randy Cooper. "I think they left a lot of emotion on the floor last night playing Boys' Latin. We were hoping that, and I think it happened."

In consolation-round action, Phil Booker scored 20 points and Tom Sanders added 12 as host Boys' Latin sent St. Andrew's back to Middletown, Del., with a 58-43 defeat.

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