Falcons fly, as Briggs hits 31 vs. St. Mary's Wagner's 22 points help C'peake rout Northeast

Pascal Boys Tournament

January 03, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Matt Briggs, who is emerging as one of Anne Arundel County's top players, bagged a career-high 31 points as Severna Park stunned St. Mary's, 77-66, in the opening game of the Bob Pascal Tournament at Chesapeake High in Lake Shore last night.

Briggs, a 6-foot-2 senior guard who was one of three Falcons with eight rebounds, fired in 19 points in the first half and nine of his 12 second-half points in the final period.

Severna Park (2-4) avenged an early-season, 74-67 loss to the Saints (6-6), who won the Westminster Tournament last week, knocking off the host Owls, 42-40.

The Falcons meet host Chesapeake at 8 o'clock tonight in the championship game in Lake Shore. The Cougars (5-1) routed Northeast, 72-50, in last night's second game. Northeast (1-5) will play St. Mary's (6-6) in the 6 p.m. consolation.

Ray Wagner led Chesapeake with game-high totals of 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Cougars raced to a 40-21 halftime lead and coasted to victory.

"We got off to a sluggish start, but in the second and third periods got on a roll," said coach John Spinnenweber, who cleared his bench to open the final period.

Northeast's Adam and Mark Sutton combined for 21 points.

The two-day holiday tournament honors Bob Pascal, the former county executive who was a staunch supporter of Anne Arundel teachers and coaches.

Briggs (13 points) and junior Ayub Ali (12) combined for 25 points in the first period as Severna Park took a 27-21 lead into the second eight minutes.

Ali, who transferred from Annapolis when his family moved into the Severna Park district in December, ended up with 16 of his 21 points in the first half.

Briggs, Ali and Nate Jennings, a 6-3 senior who had eight rebounds, scored all of Severna Park's 41 first-half points. The Falcons took a 41-35 lead to intermission, as the Saints countered with 16 points from 6-10 senior center Matt Treadwell.

Treadwell tallied 21 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds, numbers close to the 20 and 13 he put up in the earlier meeting, but got just five second-half points last night.

That was a factor, as the Saints tried to forge ahead. Greg Korwek, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound senior forward, was in Treadwell's face most of the game. Korwek, the Falcons' leading scorer in last season's All-County performance, put up only four points after scoring 18 in the first meeting, but his lack of offense was picked up by Ali.

Korwek, who had six of his eight boards in the second half, concentrated on fronting Treadwell and denying him the ball in the post while helping out Briggs with normally high-scoring swingman, D.J. Dauses.

Dauses was held to just one free throw in the second half after scoring five points in the first half. Dauses tossed in 17 when the Saints beat Severna Park.

"Greg is our catalyst, and we got better pressure on the ball, pTC which makes it more difficult to make tremendous passes into the post," said Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani. "I also think that Dauses is the key to their team, and Matt [Briggs] did a great job keeping the ball out of his hands and making him work hard."

St. Mary's coach Roger Reed, who also got double figures from A.J. Mason (12) and Chris Summers (11), agreed, in part, but he pointed to his team's inaccuracy from the floor as crucial.

"I thought they did a good job breaking our press early, and we couldn't hit any shots," said Reed. "In the third quarter, we had a chance to seize the game.

"We cut it to [three], but we missed on our next three chances. We were cold."

The Saints hit only four of 14 from the floor, failing to capitalize on eight Falcon turnovers in the third period.

St. Mary's had scored 17 of 35 shots in the first half to stay close, but couldn't overcome their third-period woes.

Pub Date: 1/03/98

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