The 12U Green Hornets boys basketball team stayed busy in the weeks following its Basketball Coaches Without Borders tournament win in Frederick in late January, and the team capped its season with a closely-fought championship win over Millersville in the Sunday Harundale Youth Sports League.
Severna Park defeated Millersville 29-27 at Glen Burnie High School on February 17 to avenge a pair of regular-season losses and win the HYSL championship.
The 12U Green Hornets are Brandon Tenenbaum, Nick DiNunzio, George Vandiver, Brady Fox, Anthony Harris, Brendan Abell, Nathan Murphy and Sean Williams. They are coached by Sean Abell, Todd Tenenbaum and Alex Vandiver.
“The boys really stood tall in a pressure-packed environment to come away with a close win against a talented and physical team,” said head coach Sean Abell. “We had to battle from the tip, started slowly and had to climb back into the game by getting contributions from everyone on the roster.”
The team finished the season 22-9 overall, including 9-1 in HYSL play and 10-4 in Anne Arundel County play with in-season wins over GORC, Millersville, Maryland 3D, Glen Burnie, Lake Shore, St. Mary’s, Harundale, Linganore, Brunswick, Bowie and Bucs. The team also won the aforementioned tournament championship in Frederick in late January.
The HSYL championship win over Millersville was particularly satisfying for the Green Hornets based on their league history and their deliberate practice this season.
“The boys have come a long way since two years ago when we were just getting started in the County B league and struggling to compete in the HYSL league,” said Abell. “We have been working on situational basketball as we’ve been getting later into the season and tournaments, and it paid off as the moment was not too big for us this time to close it out.”