Severn slams Spalding, improves streak to 17

January 28, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team threw itself in front of a runaway freight train called Severn School yesterday.

The freight train won.

No. 12 Severn blew open a close game in the second quarter and rolled to its 17th victory in a row, 68-41, over the host Cavaliers in a battle of the top two teams in the Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference B Division.

Senior guard Brad Fowler scored a game-high 25 points for the Admirals (18-1, 11-0), who lead the division. Their only loss this season was against Cardinal Gibbons, 64-53.

Senior guard Scott Robuck scored seven points for Spalding (8-8, 8-2), whose five-game winning streak was stopped. Five other players had six points each.

"They're a good ballclub all around. They just do it all," said Spalding coach Lee Dove.

The game lasted a little more than an hour, but the Cavaliers must have thought it never would end.

The second quarter proved most crucial, when Severn went to a zone press and Spalding failed to score until 3:30 remained. The Admirals ran off 13 unanswered points and never were threatened.

"When they went to their press, we haven't seen pressure in so long that it just rattled us," Dove said. "Plus, they were just shooting the lights out. Everything was falling."

Fowler had eight points during the run, including two three-pointers from around the top of the arc. He also scored inside after a couple of pump fakes, and Jamand Mack banked in a leaning jumper to complete the surge.

By halftime, Severn had a 31-14 lead, and another opponent had been flattened.

"I think today we felt the streak more than at any other time," said Admirals coach Jim Doyle, whose team defeated Spalding, 66-42, earlier in the season. "[The Cavaliers] have been playing well, they were 8-1. I was concerned.

"The longer it goes, you start to play them not to lose, instead of to win. Today, we played to win."

Fowler certainly did. He had 18 points in the first half, including four three-pointers, and finished with four rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

"When he hit his second or third three-pointer, I knew it was going to be a long afternoon," Dove said.

Fowler said, "I came out and was hitting them pretty good in warm-ups. My first shot fell, and I just started getting into a rhythm. When I shot, I knew it was going to go in."

Severn didn't let up in the third quarter, scoring 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting and equaling Spalding's game total.

This was a sharp contrast with the opening quarter, when neither team could find the basket. Severn missed eight of its first nine shots and went 5-for-19 from the field, but still managed a 12-8 lead that would expand over the last three quarters.

And the streak would expand another game.

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