Gerstell boys basketball coach Ben Thompson talks about his team's loss to Severn.
It was likely fun while it lasted for the Gerstell boys basketball team, but things came to a frustrating end Tuesday.
Visiting Severn snapped the Falcons’ 12-game winning streak with a 68-42 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.
“The ultimate goal is to win the games at the end of the season,” said Gerstell coach Ben Thompson, whose team shot 31 percent (15-for-48) from the field. “You want to play through the streak, but you don’t want to focus on it.”
Severn senior guard LJ Owens functioned nearly at his peak in the first half to help the Admirals take control and knock Gerstell out of first place in the league.
The 6-foot-3 guard scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the half, and had three 3-pointers. Owens went over the 2,000-point mark for his career Friday against Chapelgate Christian.
“He was unbelievable in the first half,” Thompson said. “He is arguably the best player in our league.”
Jermaine Hall totaled 16 points and nine rebounds for Severn and teammate AJ Burch chipped in 14 points.
Brad Witt scored 15 points and Anthony Carpenter added 11 for Gerstell, which handed Indian Creek its first loss of the season on Jan. 31 and had vaulted into the top spot in the MIAA B standings before Tuesday.
The Falcons were missing senior guard and leading scorer Colin Rimel (10.8 points per game) because of a back injury. Gerstell likely could have used him with the way Severn (20-5, 9-3 MIAA B) played in Finksburg.
The Admirals, who lost to Gerstell on Jan. 16 at home, opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run in the first 5:39.
Gerstell (14-9, 10-2) missed its first seven shots in the second quarter before Witt, a senior guard/forward, converted a layup with 1:59 to go. The Falcons were 2-for-9 shooting in the period and only scored six points in the period.
“They kind of controlled the first quarter so they made us make a change,” Severn coach VJ Keith said. “We went to a man-to-man defense and that was the key. That got us going on offense.”
Severn’s sharpshooting also helped the Admirals build a 34-23 lead at the break. They sank seven 3-pointers in the half and were 8-for-14 overall.
Severn’s lead ballooned to 40-25 after Owens sank four straight free throws in a 42-second span.
The Admirals, who shot 52 percent (24-for-46) from the field and extended their winning streak to five games, ended the third quarter with a 7-2 run to push its lead to 51-32.
“We had it tonight and they were a little bit off tonight,” Keith said. “We were playing really well early in the season and went through a little bit of a slump. It happens to every team in this league and we seem to be coming out of it.”
Gerstell has five regular-season games remaining, four of which are against MIAA B opponents.
Gerstell (42): Khyle Washington 2, Anthony Carpenter 11, Brad Witt 15, Ahmad Harrison 4, Karell Booker 8, Tyler Tillery 2.
Severn (68): Kendall Harman 2, AJ Burch 14, Jermaine Hall 16, Micaiah Terry 6, LJ Owens 24, Vincent Vines 2, Colin Donegan 2, Baylin Groff 2.