Severn finishes off John Carroll in 2nd half, 67-56

February 17, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Once again, Severn School (20-2) started slowly, but turned it on in the second half and went on to a 67-56 victory over John Carroll (6-10) in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference semifinals yesterday.

Alhamisi Simms hit four three-pointers and paced four Admirals in double figures with a game-high 24 points.

The victory completed a third consecutive undefeated home season for the 12th-ranked Admirals, who became the metro area's first 20-game winner this season with their 15th straight win.

Defending champion Severn advances to Saturday's 6 p.m. B Conference final at Goucher College in Towson against No. 16 McDonogh (12-4), a 64-61 winner in overtime over Gilman in yesterday's other semifinal.

Severn, appearing in its third straight final, defeated McDonogh in the regular season by two points.

After a dismal first period (4 for 14 from the floor and only two pointsin the first five minutes), Severn went on a 17-0 run in the second period to take a 27-16 lead.

Simms' third three-pointer of the game, plus two three-pointers by James Carpenter (12 points) sparked the scoring barrage in the first five minutes of the second period.

"I really think the layoff [snow break] has had us out of sync because we usually start fast," said Severn's first-year coach Wayne Fowler.

John Carroll's 2-3 match-up zone had the Admirals off course in the early going, and the Patriots out-rebounded the home team, 21-10 in the first half with Chris Babiak (game-high 15 rebounds and 10 points) pulling down 10 rebounds.

The Severn surge gave the Admirals a 29-24 lead at the half, before they took command in the third period by outscoring the Patriots 21-10 to build the lead to 50-34.

John Carroll (18 for 65 from the floor) sank only three of 18 field-goal attempts and committed nine turnovers in the crucial third period.

John Vereen (12 points) and Jaylonnie Booth (10) were the other Admirals in double digits. The 5-foot-9 Booth also had seven rebounds.

Dave Westervelt led John Carroll with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

"We're going to have play all four periods to win Saturday night; we have to play with reckless abandon," said Fowler, whose team has only lost to No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons and Sidwell Friends of Washington.

Severn, a 22-point victor over Carroll earlier this season, had moved into the semis by defeating Boys' Latin, 73-57, on Tuesday in the first round while John Carroll had eliminated No. 2 Friends School, 61-60, on Monday.

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