Sev. Park shows grit before falling in 2 OTs

Baskets, rebounds lacking in loss to McDonough

Falcons' Reagan scores 22

Class 3A South boys basketball

High Schools

March 07, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It took double overtime, but visiting McDonough of Charles County put away Severna Park, 62-60, to win the Class 3A South regional boys basketball title last night.

A poor-shooting fourth quarter -- 2-for-15 from the field -- and a lack of overall offensive rebounding hurt the No. 17 Falcons (18-8). In missing their second regional crown -- the first was won in 1981 -- Severna Park had only nine offensive rebounds -- five by 6-foot-8 Jimmy Ledsome.

Ledsome, who had nine points, six coming after the end of regulation, had 14 defensive rebounds to go with four blocked shots.

"That was our poorest offensive rebounding in the last month and a half," said Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani, whose team won 13 of their past 15.

"We had been doing a pretty good job on putbacks. And we didn't shoot well [32 percent on field goals] and I wasn't pleased with our foul shooting [11-for-19]."

McDonough took a 62-58 lead in the second four-minute extra session on a layup by sophomore Preston Faulk with 14 seconds remaining. Severna Park point guard Dan Reagan (22 points) closed the scoring with two seconds left.

After a 23-23 first half, the two teams played fairly evenly in the second. It took Reagan's desperation three-pointer that Pellicani called "divine intervention" to force the first overtime.

In between three defenders, the 5-6 Reagan was falling backward as he put up a shot. The ball hit the glass and went in to tie the score at 44 with 14 seconds left. The Rams missed their final shot.

The score was tied at 46, 48, 50 and 54 in the first overtime, with Reagan's layup off a steal forcing another overtime.

"I thought they were going to crack, but they didn't, " Reagan said. "I guess we weren't supposed to win."

After a Ledsome basket tied the score at 58 with 3:12 left in the second overtime, the Falcons missed their next five shots.

"I thought we were going to get it," Ledsome said. "They kept making their shots and won it.

"But we did a lot of things we weren't supposed to do this year, like winning the county championship. We had 18 wins, which is a school record. I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this team."

McDonough (20-5) will make its first trip to the state final four since 1985 and will play Gwynn Park (20-5) of Prince George's County at 3 p.m. Thursday at Comcast Center in College Park.

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