Spalding stops Severn, 52-46 Boys basketball

February 18, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

After scoring two points in the first quarter of yesterday's quarterfinal matchup with Archbishop Spalding, one thing was for certain: Severn had nowhere to go but up.

Severn took its game to a higher level in the 24 remaining minutes, but Spalding followed suit and Boys basketball

stunned the Admirals, 52-46, to advance in the Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament at Gilman.

The No. 8 seeded Cavaliers (15-8) will meet defending tournament champion St. Paul's -- a 59-45 winner over Friends -- in today's 6 p.m. semifinal at Gilman. If Spalding can get by the Crusaders today, they will take on the winner of Gilman-Boys' Latin in tomorrow's 8 p.m. championship game.

"I told my team before the game that we had to just come in here low-keyed and play good, fundamental basketball," said Spalding coach Lee Dove, who twice had seen his Cavaliers bow to the No. 9 Admirals by more than 20 points during the regular season.

"I never imagined that we would lead the game from beginning to end. I'm stunned."

The Cavaliers, who advanced by defeating Park, 82-52, in Tuesday's opening round, took advantage of some horrendous shooting by the Admirals in the first quarter to open a 14-2 lead at quarter's end. Severn's first-quarter debacle included five turnovers and a 1-for-11 performance from the field.

"In the first quarter, it looked like we had never played offense before," said Severn coach Jim Doyle, who will try to get his Admirals regrouped before the start of next week's MSA B Conference playoffs. "You have to give Spalding the credit because they wanted it. We wanted to come up here and solidify our ranking, but we just didn't get it done."

The Admirals (23-2), who came into the tournament riding a 21-game winning streak, continued to struggle with their shooting and trailed 22-13 at the half and 36-25 after three quarters. The Admirals finished 16-for-66 from the field.

While the Admirals were busy throwing up airballs and traveling, the Cavaliers were rebounding and scoring. Senior Rich Reilly came through for the Cavs, netting a team-high 19 points and pulling down 18 rebounds. Doug Little added 14 points for Spalding and Tim Alber tallied 10.

"They blew us out bad the last two times we played them, and we knew it was going to be tough for them to beat us a third time," said Reilly. "We knew we had nothing to lose coming in here so we just took it to them."

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