After three games and two come-from-ahead losses, there was frustration in the Severna Park boys basketball program. The second of those losses, a crushing one-point loss to Broadneck where the Falcons led by as many as 21 points, could have caused collapse — especially after the Falcons lost in similar fashion to Arundel in the season opener.
Severna Park flashed some knockout-punch quality in spurts, but putting a complete 32 minutes proved elusive in the early going, and when Broadneck mounted its furious rally, the Falcons had seen that movie before.
“There was some, ‘Here we go again,’” said Severna Park coach Pete Young after the Broadneck game. “I thought we did OK in the moment, and we were able to get the lead back (at one point). We just need more experience in that situation, and we need to finish one and then I think we’ll be OK.”
Since then, Severna Park has been more than OK. Instead of wallowing in early-season doldrums, the team adopted Young’s big-picture approach. It may help that the Falcons appear to be thinking the best way to avoid last-gasp losses is to eliminate the possibility altogether. Since the Broadneck loss, they’ve won six games in a row, the closest margin of victory being 18 points when they beat Westlake 47-29 three days after playing Broadneck.
After Westlake, Severna Park beat Crofton 63-40, Green Street Academy 58-37, Watkins Mill 62-24, Chesapeake Science Point 79-41, and North County 72-39.
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