Severn gets 56-48 win streak at 20

February 04, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

Before yesterday's game at Friends, Severn coach Jim Doyle was worried that his Admirals may have been getting a little complacent after beating their past eight opponents by an average of 30.4 points.

The Quakers may have brought Doyle's team back down to earth, forcing Severn to come from behind for a 56-48 victory in a Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference B Division game.

With the win, No. 11 Severn (21-1, 14-0) extended the area's longest winning streak to 20 games.

"We hadn't had a tough game in awhile," said Doyle. "I thought we showed a lot of character by being down by those [eight] points and coming back."

Friends (11-5, 8-3) surprised Severn in the opening minutes, scoring the game's first six points and holding a 17-9 lead after the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Quakers continued their upset bid, scoring six of the last eight points to finish the half with a 25-19 lead.

Spencer Deering paced Friends with eight first-half points. Brad Fowler kept Severn in the game, scoring seven of his game-high 18.

"We really stressed in the pre-game talk that we had to jump out and play well," said Friends coach Randy Cooper. "I think they felt the pressure of that streak a little bit."

In the second half, the Admirals began to look more like a team with 19 straight wins and a firm grasp on first place in the B Division.

Severn scored the first seven points of the half and took its first lead when Jamand Mack made a foul shot to complete a three-point play and give the Admirals a 26-25 lead with 5:55 left in the quarter.

From that point, Severn outscored Friends 13-8 and went into the final quarter with a 39-33 lead.

Severn scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a 10-point lead with 6:25 left, but then failed to score for the next four minutes and 19 seconds.

Friends took advantage of Severn's drought, going on a 8-0 run that brought the Quakers to 43-41 with 2:06 let in the game.

But that as close as Friends would get, as the Admirals hit 11 of 13 foul shots down the stretch to preserve the victory.

Mack finished with 17 for Severn and Chris Pitkin added 12. John Miles and Brian Hamilton each scored 11 for Friends.

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