Severn halts Spalding upset bid, 57-52 Boys basketball


On Tuesday night, 10th-seeded Archbishop Spalding became the first team in the history of the Independent Schools Tournament to beat a higher seed.

Last night in the quarterfinals, the Cavaliers nearly pulled off another upset before falling to second-seeded Severn, 57-52.

In other quarterfinals yesterday, four-time defending tournament champion Gilman defeated Boys' Latin, 58-47; St. Paul's beat John Carroll, 50-36; and McDonogh beat Friends, 74-36.

In today's semifinals, Gilman and McDonogh meet at 6 p.m. and St. Paul's and Severn meet at 8 p.m. The championship game is tomorrow at 8 p.m.

In the best game of the day, Severn (18-5) won its ninth straight, but struggled to get past a Spalding team it had already beaten twice this season by nine and 15 points.

"They [Spalding] played pretty well," said Severn coach Jim Doyle. "They knew they had a chance to get some respect. For some reason they match up real well with us. I said all along Spalding was a good team even though they were 6-6 in the league [MSA C Conference, which Severn won]. They showed everyone they can play."

Senior Andrew Webb led Severn with 19, junior Matt Fowler added 14, senior Jason Moran had 12 and junior Chris Pitkin had 10.

Fowler scored 11 in the first half to carry much of the load for Severn and Webb took over in the second half, scoring 11, including a three-point play with 1:45 left to put the Admirals ahead for good at 51-48.

Spalding (7-10) cut the lead to one twice, the last time on a short turnaround jumper by Doug Little to make it 53-52 with 30 seconds left. Pitkin and Moran each made two free throws in the final 30 seconds to put the game away.

"I thought Brad played real well today," said Doyle. "He got us started. He hadn't been playing all that well since breaking his leg [in December]."

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