Simms scores 23 to lead Severn past Boys' Latin

February 24, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

On Saturday, the Severn basketball team took McDonogh to the wire before losing its chance at the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title on a last-second shot.

Yesterday, the 13th-ranked Admirals began the long road to redemption.

Alhamisi Simms scored a game-high 23 points to lead five players in double figures, as second-seeded Severn beat seventh-seeded Boys' Latin, 84-67, in the quarterfinal round of the MSA Independent Schools Tournament at Gilman.

The win advances Severn (21-3) to today's semifinal round against defending champion Gilman (15-7), a 93-80 winner over Friends, at 4. If the Admirals survive that test, they could very well get another shot at 12th-ranked McDonogh, the tournament's top seed.

After an 85-55 win over Lutheran, the Eagles (14-4) play fourth-seeded John Carroll (8-10), a 77-62 winner over St. Paul's, today at 6.

Severn players say they understand the importance of not looking past Gilman, though the temptation is quite strong.

"Right now, we're looking at Gilman, but if we get past them we'll really be looking forward to seeing McDonogh again," Simms said.

"I feel like we outplayed them [Saturday]. We mentally won that game, even though we physically lost it."

L The post-game letdown was apparent early against the Lakers.

The Admirals held only a slim advantage for most of the first half, allowing smaller Boys' Latin to remain in the game until the

fourth quarter. They won the game at the foul line, where they shot 77 percent and outscored the Lakers 27-4.

"We will need to play better than we did [to beat Gilman]," said coach Wayne Fowler. "I give most of the credit to Boys' Latin. They played a very good game."

Severn's most recent game against the Greyhounds resulted in a two-point victory. The Admirals nearly lost at the buzzer when a last-second three-point attempt by Gilman guard Jimmy Fields bounced out of the basket.

For players, the prospects of playing Gilman and McDonogh -- two of the top three teams in the B Conference (along with Severn) -- on consecutive days is almost frightening.

"They'll be two really tough games for us," Simms said, "but I feel like if anybody can do it, we can."

After a shaky start, McDonogh looked sharp in last night's win.

Center Bobby Sabelhaus scored 20 in the half on his way to a game-high 29.

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