The last big season for the Severn boys basketball team was in 1996-97, when the Admirals went 19-5 under coach Charles "Tank" Duckett.
Duckett left after that season, but returned to the school last year as athletic director and boys basketball coach. The Admirals went 7-17 last season, but are 10-4 this season with a six-game winning streak.
"I'm back my second year, and it appears that the kids are starting to realize what we're asking them to do," said Duckett, who succeeded David Hooks as AD and coach. Hooks was 21-27 in two seasons, 5-23 his last year.
"We're playing good defense and getting balanced scoring. In our last four games, we've had several players score in double figures."
Evan Crowther-Washburn and Deon Peters had 14 points each in Friday's 66-49 romp over Archbishop Curley in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference action.
Crowther-Washburn had 21 in Monday's 66-60 victory over neighborhood rival Severna Park (4-4).
Six of the nine teams in the MIAA B Conference will qualify for the playoffs, and the Admirals (3-1 league) expect to be one of them.
Duckett, an outstanding player at Severna Park (1986 graduate) and Washington College, led the Admirals to back-to-back B Conference finals his first two years before getting out of coaching for a while.
Saints on the rise
No. 19 St. Mary's is another B Conference contender. The Saints ran their overall record to 11-3, 4-0 B Conference with Friday's 55-36 rout of Boys' Latin.
With five wins in their past six games, the Saints will find out how far they have come when they play host to defending B Conference champion and 15th-ranked St. Paul's at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The Crusaders (8-2, 4-0) are led by 6-foot-8 Holden Plack, who has signed with Towson University.
The adage "it runs in the family" is true among the Latonicks, who play basketball at Archbishop Spalding. Matt Latonick and twin sisters Katie and Meghan are all varsity three-point specialists. On Friday, Matt had two three-pointers in the 84-80 victory at Gibbons, while Katie had four three-pointers and Meghan two in a 64-34 romp over John Carroll. ... Sophomore Danielle Ziegler hit five three-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead the Old Mill girls to their first win, 46-34 over North County. ... Arundel junior Barry Kitchen scored 31 points and tied the county record for most threes (10) in a game in the Wildcats' 80-31 rout of Northeast. Glen Burnie's Mike Thibeault set the record in 1990 against Queen Anne's on the way to a county single-game record for points (52). ... The Broadneck boys (3-5), who have been down, posted their biggest win in a couple of years by beating host Southern-Harwood (3-5) on Friday, 66-65. Jimmy Davidson hit four of the Bruins' 11 three-pointers and had 16 points. ... Steve Miller, a former minor-league infielder, is Spalding's new baseball coach, succeeding Dan Lanham, who moved to St. Mary's as athletic director and baseball coach. ... Spalding left-hander Dustin Pease signed to pitch at Mount St. Mary's. ... The Friends of Joe Cannon Stadium are holding a bull roast on March 15 at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, with the proceeds going to their scholarship fund for baseball scholar athletes. For more information, call Stuart Schmidt, 410-768-5216.
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