Severn, St. Paul's to meet for B title

February 22, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It will be Round 3 for Severn and St. Paul's after both advanced to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship game with semifinal victories yesterday at Gilman.

The Crusaders (16-6) ran past defending champion John Carroll, 54-36, while Severn defeated McDonogh, 47-38. The teams meet for the third time this season at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Gilman for the championship.

The Admirals (14-13), who defeated St. Paul's on the road in overtime for a split of the two regular-season meetings, overtook McDonogh (10-10) in the final quarter for the victory.

Sophomore point guard Dennard Melton led Severn with 14 points and Winston Johnson added 12. Lance Clelland led McDonogh with 13.

Melton gave the Admirals only their second lead of the game (37-36) with a three-point play with 5:02 remaining. On the ensuing inbounds, he forced a turnover and finished it with a layup.

Clelland responded for McDonogh with a layup, but Mac Cullen came off the bench for Severn and hit a three-pointer from the corner, extending the Admirals' lead to 42-38 with 4:23 left.

"In the fourth quarter, we started to pick it up," said Severn coach Charles Duckett. "We went into a 1-3-1 defense, and they seemed like they couldn't handle it."

The Eagles, who led 30-28 after three periods, failed to score after Clelland's basket at the 4:42 mark, turning the ball over on six of their final nine possessions.

"We play better offense when we play good defense," said McDonogh coach Jack McMullen. "When they spread their offense and put a bunch of shooters in the game, it spread our defense which allows penetration and easy shots, and I think that kind of hurt our momentum."

St. Paul's, which lost to John Carroll (11-12) in last year's title game, gained a measure of revenge in the first semifinal.

Chris Berrier led the Crusaders with a game-high 19 points and Tiano Brown added 10. Jeff Miles' nine points led John Carroll.

Berrier, a senior forward, scored 12 points in the opening half as the Crusaders were up 21-12. The Crusaders pulled away in the second half, outscoring John Carroll, 7-1, in the final three minutes of the third quarter for a 35-18 lead.

"We did a good job on off-ball defense," said St. Paul's coach Rick Collins, whose team beat Severn in its first meeting on a jumper by Berrier at the buzzer. "We did a good job on the boards. We limited them to one shot and that really helped."

MIAA C Conference

* Park 88, Beth Tfiloh 65: Keith Ganzenmuller's 19 points helped the Bruins (19-2) win their 18th straight game and advance to the MIAA C Conference tournament championship.

Danny Diamond scored 12 points and had seven rebounds for Park, which outscored the visiting Panthers, 29-14, in the second quarter.

Top-seed Park will play No. 2 seed Curley 4 p.m. tomorrow at Gilman for the title.

* Curley 56, Friends 54: Jamie Cruz's driving layup with 10 seconds left lifted the host Friars (13-13) over the Quakers (11-11). Curley's Brian Hubbard added 15 points, 13 in the second half, and Paul Masson led Friends with 19 points.

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