SEV­ERNA PARK 49, PERRY HALL 36 Ounce of pre­ven­tion per­fect cure for Fal­cons

De­fense en­ables Sev­erna to weather dry spell on of­fense

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Bob Hough

A run against Perry Hall helped the Sev­erna Park boys bas­ket­ball team take con­trol Satur­day after­noon.

What might have helped the Fal­cons more was a run they pre­vented in the sec­ond half.

Lead­ing by 10 in the third quar­ter, Sev­erna Park went score­less for more than three min­utes. The Fal­cons de­fense was up to the task, though, and only let the Ga­tors cut into the lead some. Sev­erna Park re­bounded from its lack­lus­ter third quar­ter and put the game away in the fourth, de­feat­ing Perry Hall 49-36 at the Sev­erna Park Win­ter Jam.

“Ev­ery game is go­ing to have some runs,” Sev­erna Park coach Paul Pel­li­cani said. “You try to min­i­mize them and not let them be­come cat­a­strophic.”

Sev­erna Park (6-2) had more mar­gin for er­ror in the third thanks to a 12-2 run over the fi­nal five min­utes of the first half. The

Fal­cons fell be­hind 15-13 with a lit­tle more than five min­utes left but went into the half with a 25-17 lead.

Perry Hall’s Sameer Iqbal hit a pair of free throws at the 3:18 mark that cut Sev­erna Park’s lead to 18-17, but the Fal­cons scored the last seven points of the half to take an eight-point lead af­ter a first half that in­cluded seven lead changes.

“We talk a lot about han­dling ad­ver­sity, and ev­ery game there is some,” Pel­li­cani said. “This team be­lieves in each other, they like each other, they play hard for each other, and I think that’s what you’re see­ing.”

Ja­cob Good­man led the Fal­cons with 13 points, two as­sists and two re­bounds Satur­day. He hit three 3-point­ers dur­ing the sec­ond-quar­ter run and scored down low late in the third quar­ter to help the Fal­cons ex­tend their lead to five head­ing to the fourth.

“That run in the sec­ond quar­ter was def­i­nitely the big­gest part of the whole game,” he said. “The bas­ket started to open for every­one.”

Perry Hall got as close as three points early in the fourth, but the Fal­cons re­sponded. Joe Har­ring­ton (four re­bounds) had five of his 10 points in the fourth and the Fal­cons went 7-for-10 from the foul line in the quar­ter to hang on to the lead.

De­clan Fox hit a pair of 3-point­ers in the first half and fin­ished with 10 points for the Fal­cons, who’ve al­ready won six games this year af­ter fin­ish­ing with eight vic­to­ries last year.

Orion Young scored four of his six points in the fourth quar­ter and fin­ished with a team-high seven re­bounds for the Fal­cons.

“I thought it was a real team ef­fort at both ends of the court,” Pel­li­cani said. “Of­fen­sively, I thought we shared the ball, we had ball move­ment and we had un­selfish play, with guys giv­ing up a good shot to get a bet­ter shot.”

Timmy Adedire scored 16 points to lead Perry Hall. Ten of his points came in the sec­ond half as the Ga­tors tried to com­plete the come­back af­ter falling be­hind in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“We had a slow start in the first half,” Perry Hall coach Joe Car­li­neo said. “We held them to 25 points, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the bas­ket. We kept em­pha­siz­ing get­ting the ball in­side. Give them credit — they kept us out of there.”

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