No. 19 Severn springs upset on No. 10 Gibbons

January 11, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

This one had all the makings of a down-to-the-wire thriller, where the team that held the ball last would get the winning shot.

That is, until No. 19 Severn decided after halftime to make it something entirely different.

The host Admirals erupted for 28 points in the third and fourth quarters and upset No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons, 90-76, yesterday in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

There were six lead changes and five ties in the first half, which ended with Gibbons ahead, 35-34.

From there, it was all Severn. The Admirals made 11 of 16 shots in the third quarter to build a 62-51 lead, and they withstood a couple of runs by the Crusaders, who got within five points on a follow by Rick Fuller with three minutes left.

Severn scored 10 of the next 12 points, however, to even its league record at 3-3. Gibbons is 2-1.

Senior forward Alhamisi Simms led the Admirals (11-5) with 29 points, including 21 in the second half. Freshman Dennard Melton (19 points, three assists, two steals), senior Javual Mack (18 points) and senior Jay Lonnie Booth (14 points, three assists) also scored in double figures.

Vernon Collins led Gibbons (12-4) with 24 points -- 10 above his season's average -- and four assists. Josh Davalli added 17 points, and Fuller (four steals, three assists) had 12 of his 14 in the second half.

This was Severn's first victory over Gibbons in three tries. Last year, the Crusaders prevailed, 77-58.

"That second half was probably as good as Severn's ever played," said Admirals coach Wayne Fowler.

"We knew if we could just get more rebounds and get the ball up the court. We thought we could run. We're a little quicker than they are out on the wings and at the guard position. We were just going to try to push it a little more."

Both teams did well from the line. The Crusaders were 12-for-14, and the Admirals were 19-for-24. Gibbons shot 48 percent (30-for-63) from the field, including 16-for-36 in the second half, and lost two players to fouls.

"We didn't respond very well to their quickness," said Gibbons co-coach Bryan Moorhouse. "They got good shots and made all their free throws late."

Girls basketball

* Institute of Notre Dame 35, Mount de Sales 28: Seniors Candice Morrison and Shannon Skopp combined for 24 points, leading host IND (6-6) in an upset over No. 15 Mount de Sales (9-4).

Morrison had nine rebounds and six steals, and Skopp had seven rebounds and three steals.

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