Despite a very closely contested game in which no team led by more than six points, the Severna Park High boys basketball team fell to rival Broadneck 51-46 Tuesday afternoon in Annapolis.
The game was back and forth for much of the contest. Broadneck executed a high-pressure press, which the Falcons easily handled. And Severna Park tried to take advantage of a height advantage inside.
“We have handled pressure pretty well all year—both zone and man,” said Falcon head coach Paul Pellicani. “That has been one of our consistent points this year.”
The Falcons were led in the first half by a strong offensive outing from Taylor Kitamiller and took a one-point half time lead 21-20.
Severna Park tried to force the ball inside more in the second half as Kitamiller struggled to get open looks
“We had tremendous mismatches inside and we wanted to take advantage of those mismatches,” Pellicani said.
With three minutes to go leading 42-41, the Falcons were called for a travel and handed the ball back over to the Bruins. Broadneck’s Matthew Inch put up a shot from inside the paint and was fouled on the play. Inch converted the free throw and the Bruins took a two-point lead.
After taking the lead, Broadneck virtually sealed the win with one play.
Two possessions later, Chris Lee was sent to the line for the Falcons. Lee missed both shots and Broadneck came up with the rebound with 2 minutes remaining, still leading 42-41.
The Bruins then held the ball for 90 seconds, forcing Severna Park to scramble as the game clock wound down. The Falcons were finally able to foul with 32 seconds remaining, but Broadneck’s Alex D’Alessio made both shots and Severna Park was unable to complete the comeback.
“We ran out of gas is basically what happened on that,” Pellicani said. “We didn’t have the right scramble team on the court. Preceding that we had missed free throws and we were going to call a timeout and make those offensive-defensive adjustments but we couldn’t make our free throws so we were stuck with what we had on the court.”
This is the second time this season Severna Park has fallen to its rival. The Falcons fell to Broadneck 47-39 on Dec. 8.
Both teams will play again on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The Bruins will host Southern High School and Severna Park will take on Arundel.