Severn runs win streak to 14

January 14, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

There were two winning streaks on the line for yesterday's Severn boys basketball game at John Carroll , but only one of the teams made its presence felt.

The Admirals (15-1, 8-0) pushed their winning string to 14 in a row with an easy 61-44 conquest of John Carroll (11-3, 5-2), winner of its previous seven, in an Armstrong Conference B Division matchup.

The visitors' only loss was to Cardinal Gibbons, and John Carroll had lost to Edgewood and Boys' Latin. The Bel Air team's 44 points marked its lowest total of the season and the first time it had been held to fewer than 50.

This time, neither team played up to earlier standards for the first 20 minutes, and then it was Severn that broke away with four shots from the field in little more than a minute to boost its lead to 34-23. It was 40-26 after three quarters.

"Our transition game and better defense made the difference for us in the second half. Those were two of the things we talked about at halftime," Severn coach Jim Doyle said. "Our goal is to keep teams under 40 points and we've been pretty successful."

Jamand Mack, who is averaging 14 points, topped the winners in scoring with 19, including 9 of 12 from the foul line. In addition, the 6-foot senior forward contributed nine rebounds, four assists and five steals. Brad Fowler, the team's scoring leader at 15.4 a game, added 13, all but a three-point goal coming in the second half.

There was at least one negative for Severn. "We didn't get Chris Pitkin involved enough in the offense," said Doyle, pointing to the 6-foot-4 senior's five points -- a field goal in each of the third and fourth periods, plus a foul shot.

"I think we were intimidated," John Carroll coach Pat Goles said. "They are a well-coached, fundamentally sound team, and they took us out of our normal game. They are where we are trying to get, but we showed why we're not there yet with a lack of poise and intensity when we needed it.

"They did what we like to do -- dictate tempo -- and we never got going."

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