Melton scores 29, leads Severn over McDonogh Eagles unable to pull off second straight upset

Boys basketball

February 01, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior guard Dennard Melton, overcoming foul trouble, scored a game-high 29 points, including 12 of 14 from the free-throw line, to help No. 14 Severn School stop McDonogh last night in Arnold.

Earlier in the week, McDonogh (12-5, 6-3) stunned No. 19 St. Paul's, 55-44, in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference play in Division I.

But McDonogh coach Jack McMullen made no excuses for his Eagles' loss last night to a Division II team he says is "loaded and has more talent than any team in the league.

"St. Paul's has a very good basketball team, but I think right now Severn has to be considered the best team in the league," said NTC McMullen, who has nine players who are freshmen or sophomores.

"We played hard and smart against St. Paul's, and played hard tonight, but these guys are real physical and threw us around a little bit. A lot of that is experience, and they have a great penetrator [Melton]."

Melton, one of four Admiral starters who got into foul trouble with the referees calling the game close, hit his last nine shots in a row, seven straight in the final period.

McDonogh's Jon Cole scored the first basket of the game, but Winston Johnson (six points) tied it at 2 and Melton put Severn (13-3, 7-1) ahead for the rest of the night.

The Admirals led by 10 at the end of the first period with Melton tossing in nine points and by nine (33-24) at the break despite serious foul trouble.

Johnson, a 6-5 forward, and 6-0 Jeff Haskins (eight points) had three fouls each and Melton two by the half. Melton picked up his third and fourth fouls within seconds of each other and about two minutes left in the third period.

The Admirals' lead ballooned to 49-34 after the third period.

Melton and Haskins finished with four fouls each, while Johnson, and 6-9 Jeff Hatch (six points, team-high five rebounds and two blocks) fouled out in the final period.

McDonogh sophomore Owen Daly (team-high 25 points) and 6-4 senior Justin Wright (18 points) kept the Eagles within striking distance. A three by Daly with 1: 08 remaining pulled the Eagles to within 61-54, but they never got any closer.

"That's a very good basketball team we played," said Severn coach Charles "Tank" Duckett, who got help from his bench when he had to sit his starters. "They lost to Loyola by six, St.

Joe by eight, and they're playing as good as we are."

Matt Cullen, who hit a three in the third period, Matt Wright (four points) and Kyle Hyland (two points, one steal) did the job with the Admirals starters out.

Also, 6-2 junior Greg Cooper scored eight points and had four rebounds.

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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