Severn tops Annapolis Area in summer league finale, completes perfect run (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)
2017 AACS SUMMER BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
SEVERN SCHOOL ADMIRALS
Annapolis Area Christian School and Severn School, old boys’ basketball rivals with different, yet lofty aspirations met in the AACS Summer League final Wednesday. After falling in the 2016 finale, the Admirals captured the crown with a 77-56 decision inside Kilby Athletic Center in Odenton.
Rising senior wing Jermaine Hall scored 20 points for Severn, and LJ Owens added 18. Eddie Scott and Aaron Celsis each finished with 13 points for Annapolis Area.
The Admirals easily extended a 10-point halftime advantage, capping a perfect 13-0 showing in the league. The Anne Arundel County school routed Long Reach, 66-43, in the semifinals Wednesday.
Despite a lack of numbers, Severn coach VJ Keith was excited to his squad’s chemistry flourish.
“We don’t have a lot of depth, but we have a group of kids that like to play together and play hard,” said Keith, who had seven of his eight players Wednesday. “There is a big difference between freshmen and sophomores, and between juniors and seniors, mentally and physically.”
“We want to keep building on that team chemistry and have fun,” Owens said.
The Admirals, who lost to Annapolis Area in last year’s summer league final, lost to eventual champ St. Paul’s School in the MIAA B Conference semifinals this past winter. The Water Street school should be in title contention in 2017-18, led by Owens, arguably the league’s best player who has offers from American, Loyola, Quinnipac, Radford, UMBC and William & Mary.
“We got another tough schedule ahead,” said Keith. “This has been a special group, and has been for the past few years.”
While Severn has its sights on the MIAA B crown, Annapolis Area Christian is preparing for its inaugural season in the A Conference. The Eagles reached the last three B final.
“We know we’re doing. We know it’s going to be a fist fight every night,” said AACS coach Doug Scheidt, whose finished 11-2 in the summer league with both losses to Severn. “We’ve had the best overall record in the B conference the last three years and Pallotti and BL (Boys’ Latin) have already made the jump.”
Annapolis Area Christian School Summer League Playoffs
Annapolis Area Christian 40, Arundel Christian 31
Severn School 66, Long Reach 43
Severn School 77, Annapolis Area Christian 56
Annapolis Area – Johnson 10, Celsis 13, Williams 11, Scott 13, Gill 2, Terry 2, Borden 5. Totals 24 4-4 56.
Severn – Terry 14, Owens 18, Burch 10, Hall 20, Harmon 13, Thompson 2. Totals 28 14-16 77.
Halftime: Severn 38, Annapolis Area 28