Severn pulls away from St. Paul's, 69-57, for 2nd straight crown INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT

March 04, 1995|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Special to The Sun

Senior Alhamisi Simms sparked a 13-3 run by Severn midway in the fourth quarter that broke the seventh tie of the game and carried the No. 12 Admirals to their second consecutive Independent Schools Tournament championship, 69-57, over St. Paul's at Archbishop Curley last night.

With the game tied 48-48, Simms, who led all scorers with 27 points, put Severn on top to stay and scored eight of the 13 points in the decisive run by the Admirals (25-8).

"When the game was on the line, who has the ball? Simms, and he just elevates above the others," said St. Paul's coach Rick Collins. "He's just a great player."

In a game in which the lead changed 13 times and there were seven ties, the final score didn't indicate the closeness. "St. Paul's is a hard team to shake," said Severn coach Wayne Fowler. "We knew St. Paul's would hang tough. But then he [Simms] just went off.

"He just said to himself midway in the fourth quarter, now it's time to win it, and he did."

Simms hit all four of his field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, and was 8-for-11 in the second half. Denard Melton added 19 points for Severn and John Vereen had 10 as the Admirals avenged an early-season loss at St. Paul's.

Tiano Brown led the Crusaders (22-5) with 13 points, and Garth Timoll added 12.

In a first half that was played at a frenetic pace, neither team shot well from the field as the defensive pressure on both sides caused numerous turnovers.

The largest lead by either team in the first quarter was two points, and St. Paul's led 13-12 after the quarter.

But the Crusaders went scoreless for the first 3:20 of the second quarter, and Severn moved on top 17-13 and increased that lead BTC to 26-19 after a three-pointer by Melton with 1:15 left in the first half.

Then the Crusaders closed the half with an 8-0 run. A follow-up basket by Brown started the spurt with 59 seconds left in the half, and three-pointers by Mike Satyshur and Simeon Wharton put St. Paul's ahead 27-26 at halftime.

Simms was named tournament MVP, and Vereen, Brown, Timoll, Curley's Jason Karolkowski and Mike Langley of The Heights were named to the All-Tournament team.

In the consolation game, third-seeded The Heights (17-12) pulled away from No. 7 seed Archbishop Curley (12-16) in the second half to register an 80-54 victory behind 22 points from Langley. Karolkowski led the Friars with 16 points.

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