Cardinal Gibbons may lack size but it has plenty of speed. Yesterday, the No. 5 Crusaders raced to their fourth consecutive victory, 78-54 over visiting Carver.
Four players scored in double figures for Cardinal Gibbons, led by 21 from Quintin Moody. Casey Musick added 20 and Ross Peacock 13. All three played on last year's 18-17 squad.
Chucky Lee, a 6-foot-2 starter at forward, was lost for the season when he damaged the interior cruciate ligament during a scrimmage with Prospect Hall last month.
"He's the best 6-foot-2 rebounder on the East Coast," said Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis before yesterday's tip-off.
Lee's absence has made a small Crusaders squad even smaller. Cardinal Gibbons' average height is 6-4, with the tallest player 6-5.
Even with the size disadvantage, the Crusaders are favorites along with St. Frances to win the Catholic League crown, and also figure to make a run at first place in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division II with a run-and-gun style.
"With Chucky out, the guards are going to at least have to get three to four more rebounds per game," said Musick, a 5-11 senior guard. "We're going to pressure full-court to compensate for our size."
Yesterday, the Crusaders started quickly, scoring 28 first-quarter points to take a 10-point advantage. Cardinal Gibbons converted 12 of 16 from the free-throw line in the quarter. For the game, it converted 31 of 39 attempts.
After Carver (0-1) pulled within 30-21, the Crusaders went on a 7-0 run, to stretch the lead to 37-21. Moody scored five during the run, and Cardinal Gibbons led, 38-27, at halftime.
In other games:
Jason Weyforth scored a career-high 47 -- connecting on seven of eight three-point attempts -- to lead host Eastern Vo-Tech (1-1) to an 83-76 victory over Dulaney (1-1). Weyforth, who also had four steals, was 12-for-19 from the field and made 16 of 18 free-throw attempts.
Michael Lloyd scored 27 and had nine assists, as top-ranked Dunbar (3-0) routed visiting Calvert Hall, 105-46. Terrence Alexander added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Poets.
Stevie Thomas scored 19 and Shamar Bass had 18 to lead No. 6 Walbrook (1-0) over Northwestern (0-1), 77-54.
No. 7 Lake Clifton's Cornell Ward missed a free throw with one second left in overtime, as the Lakers (1-1) lost to host McKinley (Washington), 66-65. Ward was attempting to complete a three-point play. McKinley (2-0) led by as many as 19.
Despite 37 points from Greg Washington, No. 9 Oakland Mills (0-2) fell to host Thomas Johnson (2-0), 101-87, in double overtime.
Heather Greenlee had 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 3 St. Mary's (2-1, 1-0) to a 48-38 victory over host Mercy (0-1, 0-1) in a Catholic League game. St. Mary's All-Metro forward Laura Coakley did not play because of a knee injury. Said St. Mary's coach Carmine Blades: "Her doctor said there is a 60-40 chance that her cartilage is not torn. We'll know more [today]."