St. Paul's depth shows in victory over Severn

With Plack in foul trouble, Crusaders step up, 70-57

Boys basketball

January 22, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Despite its big man, 6-foot-8 Holden Plack, in foul trouble and out of the game, the No. 12 St. Paul's boys basketball team rallied to take a 70-57 decision over Severn yesterday in Severna Park.

Plack ended up with just eight points and eight rebounds, all of the latter coming in the first half.

Sophomore point guard Jason Caldwell and forwards Ray Brown and Scott Dozier provided the offensive spark in the second half. They led a 19-2 run that began at the end of the third quarter and extended halfway through the last period, allowing the Crusaders to emerge from a 41-39 deficit and take a 58-43 lead.

"We like to think we are not a one-man team, and do have some other guys," said St. Paul's coach Jack MacMullan. "When Holden's in foul trouble or just not getting it done, we have other guys who can step up and have done it in the past."

St. Paul's (14-3) ran its Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference record to 9-0, while Severn (12-5) fell to 6-3 in having an eight-game winning streak broken.

Sophomore guard Deon Peters led the Admirals with 20 points, six rebounds and five steals, Senior Zack Goldman had 13 points and six rebounds for coach Tank Duckett, who said his team "has to play a lot smarter."

The 6-6 Brown (game-high 10 rebounds) scored 12 of his 19 points in the third period and Dozier (six rebounds, three steals) scored all 16 of his in the second half.

"We're a second-half team," said Caldwell, who had 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half to help his team to a 28-25 lead at the break.

"We missed too many free throws [20 of 39 for the game, 10 of 23 in the final period], but they're a great team, really quick."

Caldwell had four assists, rebounds and steals.

A steal by Caldwell led to a put-back by Brown that tied the score at 41 with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Brown's subsequent free throw completed a three-point play and gave the Crusaders the lead for good.

Caldwell fed Brown for the final basket of the third period and a 48-41 lead. Dozier then scored the first seven points of the Crusaders' 10-2 run that started the final quarter and put the game away.

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