Falcons fall to Coolidge at Severna Park Winter Jam

It seemed that everything the Severna Park boys basketball team threw up in the first quarter of Friday’s game with Coolidge went in.

It was a different story late in the game.

After leading by six points with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Falcons went scoreless the rest of regulation and overtime and fell, 56-54, on the second day of the Severna Park Winter Jam.

Jordan Hallet scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Falcons, who hit four 3-pointers as part of a 20-point first quarter.

Despite the fact they hadn’t scored for nearly three minutes, the Falcons still had a two-point lead and the ball in the final minute of regulation. As a foul was called on Coolidge, Severna Park, which was not in the bonus, was hit with a technical foul. Though the Colts missed the two free throws from the technical foul, they took over possession and tied the game with 23 seconds left. The Falcons had one last chance to win the game, but a potential go-ahead shot was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime.

Severna Park led by seven points in the final seconds of the third quarter, but was hit with two technical fouls in the fourth.

“There was some adversity out there that was unexplainable,” said Severna Park coach Paul Pellicani, who was hit with a technical foul in the opening minute of the fourth. “I couldn’t get an explanation. The players, the strategy and the coaches should decide the game. That’s who should decide the game.”

Coolidge (8-4) scored 30 seconds into overtime for its only points of the extra session, but the Falcons turned the ball over twice and gave up several offensive rebounds over the final four minutes.

“Particularly on that next to last possession, we gave them a new shot clock, then a new shot clock and a new shot clock,” Pellicani said. “We got it down late in the shot clock, then gave up an offensive rebound and a fresh shot clock.”

Hallet scored 15 of his points in the second half for the Falcons, who were down by one entering the third quarter. The Falcons fell behind by three early in the quarter, but Hallet scored 11 points over the next five minutes and helped the Falcons push the lead to as many as seven. He also scored four points in the fourth, including a follow of his own missed shot that ended up being the final points of the game for the Falcons.

“He did a nice job. We’ve adjusted a little bit what we’re doing with him,” Pellicani said. “It seems to be a good fit.”

Ryan Bloom had nine points, Kody Milton and Luke Guy (11 rebounds) each added seven, Colin Wolfe had six points and five assists and Jack Thomas added five points, six rebounds and five assists for Severna Park (2-6).

Following his 18-point performance in Thursday’s win over Leonardtown, Milton was named the Falcons’ most valuable player for the tournament.

“It’s pretty cool playing against teams that we don’t usually see,” Milton said. “The coaches have really wanted me to attack the rim more, so that’s something I’m trying to do more now.”

Victor Rose-Smith scored 22 points and was named the most outstanding player for Coolidge.

“We thought it was a super tournament. We’ve already talked to the athletic director and told him sign us up for next year,” Coolidge coach Roderick Moore said. “It was a good opportunity for our kids to see some different styles. It was a great way to spend the holidays.”

This is the first year for the tournament, which included eight teams who were all guaranteed two games at predetermined times both days. If more than one team were to finish 2-0, the overall champion is determined by a set of tiebreakers, with the first being total points in the two games.

“It’s been very well-received by all the visiting teams,” Pellicani said.

Suitland defeated Leonardtown on Friday and won the tournament title after going 2-0 and scoring the most points among the unbeaten teams.

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