To say that Severna Park has had an up-and-down season would be an understatement. Last night, the host Falcons made sure that it ended on an "up."
The Falcons got 19 points from senior Brad Bald and 18 from junior Adam Senholzi to upset No. 13 Arundel, 70-57, in an Anne Arundel County League game. The win avenged a 72-54 loss at Arundel in early December.
Justin Watson led Arundel with 23 points, while junior Brendan Bald added 18 for Severna Park.
"We have gotten a lot better since then," Falcons coach Paul Pellicani said. "We take a lot of pride in our defense, and you could see that starting to come together tonight. We've come a long way."
The game featured several runs by both teams. With the score tied at 8, the Falcons went on a 14-2 run to finish out the first quarter with a 22-10 lead. Arundel used 10 points by Watson, a senior, to go on a 24-11 run and take a 34-33 lead at the half.
Arundel began to take command midway through the third quarter and built a 48-43 lead on Watson's jumper with 3:38 left in the quarter, but then Severna Park turned up the defense.
A combination of a tough 2-3 zone and superior rebounding helped to hold Arundel scoreless for 5:35, while the Falcons went on a 10-0 to take a 53-48 lead. The Falcons out-rebounded Arundel 47-23 for the game.
The Wildcats used a basket by Auraum Nuiriankh with 4:18 left to cut the lead to 55-52, and baskets by Senholzi, Aaron Nutter, and Brendan Bald ran the lead to 62-55 with 1:15 left.
The Wildcats saw any chance for a comeback disappear when Nuiriankh was whistled for a foul with 56 seconds left and then hit with a technical for arguing the call. Brad Bald made all four foul shots to run the lead to 66-55 and put the game away.
Severna Park scored 15 of the game's final 20 points, with nine of them coming from the foul line.
"We've started to play with more confidence," Brad Bald said. "We were giving up a lot of threes in the first half, so we focused on limiting those and boxing out in the second half."
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Sun reporters contributed to this article.