Severn, Friends advance to final B Division playoffs

February 28, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Maybe Severn just needed a vacation.

Last night, the 11th-ranked Admirals appeared well-rested and up to the task as they returned after a 10-day absence and eliminated St. Mary's, 77-47, in the Armstrong Conference B Division semifinals at Goucher College.

Severn (24-2) will face Friends, which advanced by defeating Archbishop Spalding, 75-68, in overtime, in today's championship game at 1 p.m. at Goucher.

"We were anxious to play a game because we haven't played in so long," said Severn coach Jim Doyle, whose team hadn't played a game since losing to Spalding, 52-46, in the Independent Schools Tournament Feb. 17 at Gilman. "I thought we were playing better when we were playing three times a week, but everyone contributed today."

Severn's smothering full-court pressure suffocated the Saints in the opening moments causing them to force four turnovers in the first two minutes. The Admirals took advantage of the miscues and put together an 8-0 run after a steal and a layup by Jamand Mack.

Charlie McLoud helped the Saints cut the lead to five on three occassions in the first quarter, before Mack and Brad Fowler hit jumpers in the waning seconds to give Severn a 19-11 lead.

Severn's second-quarter start was just as effective with the Admirals opening up a 26-11 lead with just 2:21 gone. The Admirals led by as many as 17 in the period, but led at the half, 39-26.

Fowler came alive for the Admirals in the third quarter, scoring their first eight points, the last of which stretched the lead to 48-30.

Consecutive three-pointers by Carpenter and Vereen gave Severn a 30-point lead in the fourth quarter and forced Saints coach Hank Gareis to call a timeout with 3:48 remaining and his team down 69-39.

Doyle had the luxury of pulling all his starters with 1:58 left and his team comfortably ahead, 74-43. Before they left, Jamand Mack scored 23 points, Fowler scored 16, and John Vereen added 14 points.

Fowler and senior Chris Pitkin (nine points) shared high-rebounding honors with 11, and James Carpenter chipped in with six points and five assists.

McLoud scored a team-high 18 points for St. Mary's (11-15) and was the only Saint in double figures.

"Severn had been sitting around for like 12 days, and I thought maybe they'd be a little bit stale," Gareis said.

"But, they came out and played like they can play."

So did Friends.

The Quakers (16-8), which led by eight points at the end of each NTC of the first three quarters, saw its six-point fourth-quarter lead dissolve in the ensuing eight minutes.

The Cavaliers (17-10) closed to within three, 63-60, with 2:27 left on a Brian Mohr three-pointer and then trailed by one after a jumper by Doug Little (10 points).

Spalding sent the Quakers Sean Armstrong to the line with less than a minute remaining, and Armstrong hit the front end of one-and-one opportunity to return the lead to two.

Little went to the line for Spalding with 19 seconds left and his team down by two and hit both foul shots to tie the score at 64 and send the game into overtime.

Friends dominated the three-minute overtime period, outscoring the Cavs 11-4.

Leading the way for Quakers down the stretch and throughout the contest were Armstrong and Deering with 19 and 16 points, respectively, and Damon Brown and Geoff Sanders with 10 points apiece.

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