Severna Park wins county title

Reagan makes a layup with 2.3 seconds left as Glen Burnie falls, 40-38

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 27, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Dan Reagan didn't see his game-winning shot go in, but he didn't need to. His teammates hugged him as they helped him off the floor, while the Severna Park fans roared.

Reagan knew then that his layup had found the basket with 2.3 seconds remaining.

The shot would be the difference in No. 17 Severna Park's 40-38 upset of No. 6 Glen Burnie in the Anne Arundel County boys basketball championship last night at Chesapeake High in Lake Shore.

It was Severna Park's first county title.

"I didn't see it go in," said Reagan, the Falcons' 5-foot-8 point guard who scored four of his eight points in the fourth quarter.

"I actually thought Jimmy [Ledsome] had tapped it in because that has happened so many times this season. Jimmy is usually there to finish it off, but when I hit the floor, the ball was coming through the basket, and they all hugged me."

Glen Burnie's Mitch Guest got off a three-point attempt just before the buzzer, but it bounced off the rim to give Severna Park (16-7) the championship.

As crucial as Regan's basket was, the big picture was the play of Sean DiBlasi, who had a game-high 16 points, and the inside job that the 6-foot-8 Ledsome and 6-5 Norman Gee did on Branden Albert. Ledsome and Gee collapsed on Albert, holding him to seven points.

Kyle Anderson's defensive job in limiting Guest to 11 points was crucial. Guest averages 22 points.

Glen Burnie (20-3) is 0-3 in county finals, but it won a Class AA county title in 1982, going 13-1 for the season but losing out 12-2 Annapolis. The Gophers were 20-4 in 1982, and were 20-5 in 1994. A playoff win next week would give them a school-record 21 wins.

Guest, who became the school's all-time scoring leader with 1,299 career points, had a pass go off the hands of Albert under the basket with 10 seconds left and score tied at 38.

"We got the ball inbounds and had a lot of time," said Reagan of the turnover.

"Everybody cleared out and the lane opened up for me. I think Albert and [Delayne] Nelson, rather than take the charge, wanted the blocked shot, but I was able to sneak between them. I'll remember this forever."

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons got a huge boost from Keith Miller, who scored all six of his points on back-to-back three-pointers.

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