After a rough non-conference schedule that saw the Indian Creek School boys’ basketball team start its season with nine straight road games, the Eagles opened up MIAA B Conference play with their first home game of the season, Wednesday, as they hosted cross-town rival Severn School, and came away with a 59-58 win.
In a matchup that saw the teams square off last year three times, including a triple overtime thriller, the Eagles (3-7 overall, 1-0 MIAA B) looked to avenge a quarterfinal playoff loss that ended their first season in the B Conference, last year. Indian Creek came out determined to assert themselves from the tip as Malik McKinney and DaVon Beckford teamed up to tally 11 of Indian Creek’s 18 first quarter points. The strong inside play continued for Indian Creek as they were able to stretch the lead to 37-25 after a buzzer beating floater from Cole Washington fell through the net as the first half ended.
The Admirals (6-7, 0-1 MIAA B) came out of the locker room ready to play as they hopped on the back of junior star LJ Owens. Owens scored 14 of his game high 23 points in the second half as he led the Admirals’ charge that saw the tables turn all the way into the favor of Severn, as it battled back to take a 58-52 lead with just four minutes to play. However, the Admirals’ 58th point would be their last.
After a huge three pointer by ICS’ Zion Chase, to cut the lead to three, DaVon Beckford was able to convert one of two free throws the pull Indian Creek within two, 58-56. A Severn turnover led to Malik McKinney going coast-to-coast to convert a three-point play to give the Eagles the lead 59-58.
Indian Creek had the ball with 15 seconds remaining, but had to take a wild shot to beat the shot clock with just eight seconds to play. After a Severn timeout, with 3.9 seconds left on the clock, the referees added 4.1 seconds back onto the scoreboard to give Owens one more shot to win the game for the Admirals. He was able to penetrate into the lane, but his pass attempt was deflected and stolen by Cole Washington as the buzzer sounded.
Indian Creek finished the 7-0 run to storm back and hold Severn scoreless for the final four minutes. McKinney led Indian Creek with 18 points, while Beckford and Chase scored 14 and 11 points, respectively. Jacob Lilly was the only other Admiral to reach double figures with 11 points.