Above: Jermaine Hall (left) had 16 points and nine rebounds, while senior star LJ Owens scored 24 points to help Severn end Gerstell Academy’s 12 game win streak.

Admirals keep hopes alive for a top seed with 68-42 rout of the Falcons

No. 14 Gerstell Academy entered Tuesday’s conference showdown with No. 16 Severn on a 12 game winning streak which had carried the host Falcons all the way to the top of the MIAA B Conference standings.

The streaking Falcons, however, ran into an even hotter hand, as Severn senior star LJ Owens poured in a game-high 24 points to lead the Admirals to an impressive 68-42 rout which tightened the gap between the top three teams in the B Conference.

Gerstell (14-9 overall, 10-2 MIAA B) fell out of a first place tie with Indian Creek (10-1), while Severn (20-5 overall) improved to 9-3 league. Those teams, as well as defending champion St. Paul’s (8-4) are all battling for one of the top two seeds which will produce a first round bye for the post-season, which is two weeks away.

Severn, which has now won five games in a row after struggling through a 1-3 stretch, scored the first 16 points of the second quarter to break on top and the Admirals led 34-23 at the half. Much of the credit goes to Owens, who scored 15 of his 24 in the opening half. The William & Mary bound Owens continues to add to his career scoring mark, which surpassed 2,000 points last week.

In addition to Owens, Severn got a big contribution from Jermaine Hall, who battled for 16 points and nine rebounds, while AJ Burch netted 14 points for coach V.J. Keith.

The Falcons, who had to play without leading scorer Colin Rimel, who was sidelined with a back injury, were paced by Brad Witt’s 15 points and 11 from Anthony Carpenter.

Severn, which will host Archbishop Curley on Friday closes its regular season schedule against St. John’s Catholic Prep, Indian Creek and St. Mary’s. If the Admirals run the table they should be able to climb back into one of the top two positions and earn a first round bye.

Gerstell is scheduled to play at St. Paul’s on Wednesday and host Friends on Friday. Next week, the Falcons will host Chapelgate Christian and then travel to Curley.

Curley (6-6) and St. John’s Catholic Prep (5-8) appear to be in strong position to grab the final two playoff spots in the B Conference, with Chapelgate and St. Mary’s (both 3-9 in the league) still hanging on by a thread.