No. 15 Severn romps past Boys' Latin, 99-57

January 15, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

The last time 15th-ranked Severn visited Boys' Latin, the Admirals lost to Washington's Sidwell Friends in the finals of a mid-December invitational.

Last night, however, their return engagement proved to be a bit more fruitful.

Final score: Severn 99, Boys Latin 57.

For Severn coach Wayne Fowler, though, the final score wasn't as impressive as the manner in which his team performed.

"It's kind of a big win because I thought we could've beaten a lot of teams the way we played tonight," said Fowler. "The kids played really well."

The Admirals (15-2 overall and 7-0 in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference) used their quickness on defense to force numerous Boys' Latin turnovers, then converted most of those opportunities into baskets on the offensive end.

For Lakers coach Hugh Gelston, that spelled disaster.

"I think they scored more off our offensive mistakes then our defense," said Gelston. "They're just very quick."

Severn forced 21 turnovers in the first half alone, while shooting 60 percent from the field. But even when the Admirals missed shots, they used their all-around height advantage to get offensive rebounds.

The Admirals controlled the tempo from the early moments of the game. Trailing, 11-10, they scored 12 unanswered points to take a 22-11 lead and extended it to 30-15 by the end of the first quarter.

The lead held up throughout the second quarter, ballooning to 28 by halftime after Severn scored the final 13 points of the half.

Boys' Latin could never quite adjust to Severn's ferocious half-court trapping defense.

"We just got out a little bit on their first pass," said Fowler. "We let them shoot and concentrated on weak-side rebounding. Tonight, they just didn't shoot as well as they normally do."

Much of that was do to Severn's aggressive defense.

"It was the defense that won it," said guard John Vareen, who also excelled on offense, leading all scorers with 19 points. "It was just a team effort."

Also for the Admirals, James Carpenter scored 18, Alhamisi Simms had 13, Jay Lonnie Booth had 12 and Andrew Jones had 10.

For Boys' Latin (6-7, 2-3), the story was not enough firepower.

Michael Schreiber led the Lakers with 13 points, but he was the only players to reach double figures.

"[Severn] has an excellent basketball team," said Gelston. "We have a lacrosse team trying to stay warm for the winter."

Said Fowler: "We've come up here in the past and played quite a few big games. They're down a little this year, but they'll be back."

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