Admirals continue to roll in the MIAA B Conference with a 69-54 road win

by Joe DiBlasi

Jermaine Hall (left) and LJ Owens combined for 31 points in Severn’s road win at Curley.

The Severn Admirals erupted for 25 fourth quarter points that allowed them to capture their 13th consecutive win, a 69-54 decision over Archbishop Curley in an MIAA B conference contest in East Baltimore on Wednesday night.

The Admirals (13-2 overall) improved to 3-0 in the conference, as the Friars fell to 1-3 in league play.

The Friars kept the game close for three quarters, and Coach Phil Hahn’s charges held a 39-38 lead with 20 seconds to go in the third quarter behind sophomore Caleb Johnson, who nailed three consecutive treys.

Just after Johnson got hot, Severn’s Jarmaine Hall canned a trey as the buzzer sounded to end the third stanza, and the tide began to turn for the Admirals. Hall would hit two more three-pointers early in the fourth quarter, and junior AJ Burch hit one, as the Admirals quickly grabbed a commanding 55-43 lead.

The Friars did a good job of holding down high-scoring LJ Owens in the first half, but the William and Mary bound senior got a dozen second half points to go along with 16 from Hall in the final 16 minutes, which allowed the Admirals to run away with the win.

Severn coach VJ Keith pointed out the excellent play he got from Mo Terry,
Kendall Harmon, and Hall. “Mo, Kendall and Jermaine all stepped up and hit shots and that took a lot of pressure off of LJ (Owens).

I give Curley a lot of credit, their game plan was to try to stop LJ.”

After Friars held Owens to just one field goal in the first half, Keith said he told Owens to be patient and become an assist guy.

“That allowed other people to get into the offense and in the fourth quarter we were able to hit some shots. Kendall hit some big shots in the third quarter that really got us going.”

Hahn said that the Admirals were really tough to defend.

“They got out on us in transition a couple of times in the fourth quarter and they were knocking down shots that I thought were pretty well contested. Overall I’m proud of our guys for their effort. We held LJ to one field goal in the first half, and he is one of the best players in the league.”

Owens said, “We came in knowing it would be a tough game and Coach told us that Curley would get after it. They had a good game game plan on defense and they slowed us down, but we’re a good shooting team and in the fourth quarter our shots went in.”

Hall added, “We just kept shooting. We got in good shooting spots and hit our shots in the fourth quarter, and we played excellent defense.”

The Admirals’ Hall led all scorers with 20 points and Owens finished with 16. AJ Burch had 13 and Harmon added 10.

Brendan Medley-Bacon led Curley with 16 points, while Trabis Dobins had 11, and Johnson threw in nine.

SEV 10 15 19 25 — 69
AC 13 9 17 15 — 54
SEVERN: Berko 4, Burch 13, Hall 20, Harmon 10, Owens 16, Terry 4, Thompson 2.
ARCHBISHOP CURLEY: Dobbins 11, Johnson 9, Massenburg 2, Knapp 7, Draper 5. Medley-Bacon 16, Price 4.