St. Mary’s captain Mike Wilde missed two days of school because he was fighting a virus and was relegated to come off the bench for the first time in two years in his team’s showdown with Severn on Saturday.

But Wilde showed tremendous focus and intensity, leading the Saints to 53-48 victory over their biggest rival on the road in front of a packed crowd.

The senior captain connected on a crucial 3-pointer in the fourth quarter that swung the momentum back in St. Mary’s favor.  Wilde led all scorers with 23 points, including going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, and also grabbed six rebounds.

Tevin Johnson added 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals, while Chakhan Smith contributed eight points for the Saints (8-13 overall, 5-7 MIAA B Conference).

Jake Brudish scored 11 points for the Admirals (4-15, 3-10), and Cole Bailey had nine.  Both players fouled out along with Colin Rainey leaving Severn to rely on their bench in the final moments.

Severn made a series of clutch shots down the stretch and the Saints struggled to convert on free throws but St. Mary’s held on in the end.

St. Mary’s 53, Severn 48

St. Mary’s            15            9               8             21          —            53

Severn                  9             9              11            20           —            48

St. Mary’s: Wilde 23, Johnson 12, Hurst 2, Smith 8, Hope 4, Tower 4. Totals 15 20-29 53.

Severn: Rainey 5, Bailey 9, Brudish 11, Burton 7, Siegrist 4, Olmert 7, Mannis 3, Misenberg 2. Totals 14 16-31 48.