Severn springs upset on 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 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.

"They came out hot in the first half," Simms said. "After that, we started getting some loose balls and got rolling."

The Crusaders shot 71 percent (10-for-14) from the field in the first quarter and were ahead, 24-15, but Severn ran off nine straight points to open the second. Simms and Melton each hit a three-pointer.

A layup by Booth off a steal and pass from Melton gave Severn a 28-26 lead. Gibbons eventually went back ahead, 32-30, on two free throws by Davalli, and 35-32 on a three-pointer by Colin Moorhouse with 48 seconds left in the half.

Mack's layup off a no-look pass from Booth underneath shaved Gibbons' lead to one.

The Admirals made 19 of 26 shots in the second half and forced Gibbons out of its zone. A layup from Booth after a steal by John Vereen gave them the lead for good, 36-35. Kevin Schelenski then scored on a follow, as Severn went on an 8-2 run.

"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.

Added co-coach Michael Dahlem: "We've seen them a number of times this year and they played extremely well. If they played better than that against Lake Clifton, it must have been an incredible game. We're disappointed we didn't play better, but that's not to take anything away from them. They were tremendous."

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