Harrison nets 21 for No. 16 Falcons; Curley and St. Paul’s win to move into a three-way tie for second with the Admirals; SJCP wins big over St. Mary’s


Two squads off to 3-0 starts in the MIAA B Conference basketball standings battled for first place, Monday night, in Anne Arundel County and No. 16 Gerstell Academy edged in front of the pack with a 70-63 win over host Severn.

The game featured three big swings with defending champ Gerstell building a 7-point lead after one quarter and Severn battling back to tie at the half. The visiting Falcons then went on a 21-13 third quarter run and maintained its advantage through an even final quarter.

Ahmad Harrison, one of the biggest stars in the B Conference, led Gerstell (9-7 overall, 4-0 MIAA B) with 21 points, while Tyler Tillery and Anthony Carpenter combined for 30 points. Tillery added six rebounds, while Carpenter delivered five assist and five rebounds.

Severn (7-6, 3-1 MIAA B) also relied on its big guns as Mo Terry scored a game-high 23 points. In addition, AJ Burch scored 18 points and Owuru Berko added 13.

The top of the B Conference remains crowded as Severn slipped into a three-way tie for second place with Archbishop Curley and St. Paul’s, both which came up with league wins on Monday to improve to 3-1 in the conference.

St. Paul’s (8-4 overall) defeated Indian Creek (6-7, 0-4 MIAA B), 55-44, and Curley (7-6 overall) romped to a 60-32 home win over Chapelgate Christian (4-13, 0-5 MIAA B). Troy Barthelme led the Crusaders with 25 points, while Anthony Smaldore and Ziggy Reid combined for 22 more. Tylanvis Lawson and Travis Dobbins scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, to pace the Friars.

Just behind the three second place teams is St. John’s Catholic Prep (11-4 overall) which improved to 3-2 in the conference on Monday with a 80-65 home win over St. Mary’s (4-8, 2-3 MIAA B). In the contest, SJCP senior Brycen Hill, the team’s leading scorer, surpassed 1,000 points in his career.

Also in the B Conference, Monday night, Chase Kirkwood scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds but Friends School (5-7 overall) fell, 78-71, to Parkville in double-overtime. Jaden Derry added 19 points for the Quakers and J.P. Vassor, Jr. scored 17 points.