Sev. Park boys tough on foes ranked No. 17


January 23, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After what happened Tuesday night in Anne Arundel County, any boys basketball team ranked No. 17 had better stay away from Severna Park.

It's beginning to look like a sure loss if you play the Falcons when ranked No. 17.

Severna Park made Old Mill its third county victim that was ranked No. 17. In the process, the Falcons tightened the county race for second place.

The Falcons (6-7 overall, 4-4 league) stunned Old Mill, 58-49, leaving the Patriots (8-4), who had just taken the 17th spot in the poll that day, in a three-way tie for second place.

No. 5 Annapolis (10-1, 6-0) leads the league and hasn't lost a county regular-season game since 1999. Old Mill, Glen Burnie (9-2) and Southern-AA (8-5) are all 5-2 in second place.

The top two teams after 16 league games will play for the county title on Feb. 25 at Chesapeake.

Severna Park is two games out of second after clipping Meade, 61-52 in overtime, and Glen Burnie, 60-50, last week. Meade (7-6, 3-5) and Glen Burnie were each ranked No. 17 when they lost to the Falcons.

"That's all we want to schedule, teams ranked No. 17 by The Sun," joked Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani. "But honestly, when we're healthy, taking care of the ball and boxing out, we can be OK. We're extremely young, and even our seniors are inexperienced."

Junior center Jim Ledsome, who is 6-foot-6 and the only returning starter from last winter's 13-10 team, had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the upset of Old Mill.

"Jim has had five straight games with double doubles, and David Tewell and Norman Gee have also been playing well for us," said Pellicani. "We don't have natural, raw talent like Annapolis [that let's us] be off fundamentally and still win."

Severna Park plays host to another improving team, the Broadneck Bruins, at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow. The Bruins (6-7, 3-5) romped, 70-30, over Northeast (1-10, 0-7), getting 15 points from 6-4 junior Alex Denny.

Broadneck, attempting to break a string of three straight losing seasons, can reach .500 with a victory at neighboring Severna Park tomorrow night.

Schedule change

The Annapolis at Arundel boys and girls basketball doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday was moved to Annapolis last night because of electrical problems affecting both the school's lights and scoreboard. Arundel hopes to have it remedied by today or tomorrow.

High-flying Eagles

The Annapolis Area Christian School Eagles have been up and down at 7-8 overall, but have been getting quality play in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference from senior 6-4 post players Akai Jackson and Phil Meadows.

"We upgraded our schedule this season by scheduling three county public school teams - Broadneck, Chesapeake and Northeast - plus two very good B Conference teams, Severn and St. Mary's," said AACS coach Calvin Vain.

The Eagles lost to all except Northeast, but not because Jackson and Meadows didn't hold their own.

Jackson is averaging 18.8 points and 10.1 rebounds, and Meadows is averaging 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds. Jackson had 36 points in a 66-44 rout of Northeast and combined with Meadows (20) for 36 points in a 64-54 loss to Broadneck.


Annapolis' Josh Johnson had 43 points, shooting 59 percent from the field, 34 rebounds and six blocked shots in wins over Meade and Broadneck last week. ... Severn coach Tank Duckett says sophomore guard Deon Peters has the potential to be "more special than Dennard Melton and John Vereen. He has all those abilities, huge hands, is very quick and is learning to play point guard. He would be even better if he didn't play football, too." Melton and Vereen are two of the finest basketball/football athletes in Severn history. Melton is the county's all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,907 points) and football (65 touchdowns, 412 points), and Vereen scored more than 1,000 points in basketball and ran for a school record 3,342 yards and 44 touchdowns in football. ... Glen Burnie's annual boys basketball alumni game is set for 6 p.m. Saturday. To play, call coach and former Gophers player Mike Rudd, 410-553-6138.

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