The Severna Park JV basketball team entered 2019 with three county wins and freshly crowned as champions of their home Winter Jam tournament.
Severna Park played two games at home over the holiday break as the second annual Winter Jam added a JV component for the first year, and the JV boys went 2-0 with wins over James H. Blake and Northeast to claim the inaugural JV tournament trophy.
Against Northeast in the Winter Jam final on December 28, Michael O’Callaghan and Lance Reynolds both scored 12 points for the Falcons, who struggled to score in the first half but relied on their defense to ultimately notch a 46-36 win over the Eagles.
“They did a nice job just playing through their defense, and then in the second half we kind of found our groove, got the ball up the floor a little bit quicker, got some easy buckets, just got out in transition,” said head coach Dan Reagan.
Nick Carparelli added 9 points and 10 rebounds for Severna Park, helping the Falcons follow through on their focus to defend and rebound.
“Just our energy on defense has been a strong suit for us, and when we play good defensively, everything just flows,” said Carparelli.
A day prior, O’Callaghan, a sophomore, contributed a team-high 18 points in the Falcons’ 47-40 win over James H. Blake.
“Last year [O’Callaghan] was a tough kid who got significant [playing time] as a role player, and this year it’s paid off and he’s really doing everything right for us,” said Reagan. “He’s our best defender, he handles the ball, makes his free throws, just does all the right things. He’s been awesome.”
Reynolds, a sophomore who missed most of last season with injury, scored 11 points against Blake in the win, while Declan Fox added 7 points and Carparelli (4), Anders Hansen (4), Ian Ferris (2), Colton Adams (3) all chipped in with buckets.
The Winter Jam performance came after the Falcons racked up three county wins to start the season. Severna Park kicked off the year with a 46-45 triple-overtime victory against Southern on December 7 before notching wins over Arundel (39-34) and South River (46-31). Against the Seahawks, Severna Park employed a balanced scoring attack as Reynolds led with 10 and O’Callaghan and Gus Bachmann each scored 9. Fox, Hansen, Adams, Chanze Coates and Shane Goldberg all contributed scoring in the victory.
At 5-2 overall entering 2019, Reagan believes the early wins are valuable experiences and catalysts for continued strong play.
“Won that first game in triple overtime, and that game was ugly, and getting through that, we grew up quick in that game,” said Reagan. “We’re 5-2 now having pretty much no experience. This is the least experienced team I’ve had. But when we play well, we’re pretty good.”
The JV Falcons scored a 37-33 win over Broadneck on January 11 behind a team-high 13 points by Hansen. Severna Park is 6-4 through January 14.