Joppatowne's boys basketball team gots its first true test of the season Wednesday night, pulling out a 56-55 overtime victory over John Carroll.
The Mariners, defending state Class 1A champions, needed a 10-foot baseline jumper from Kevin Hockaday (21 points) with five seconds left to remain unbeaten in their first two non-league games.
John Carroll (4-3), which competes in the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference, tied the game at 50 to force overtime. Stash Rote hit a driving layup with 30 seconds left in regulation.
Both teams had a chance to win in regulation. John Pelligrini, the Patriots' best foul shooter, missed two free throws with eight seconds left. Hockaday missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.
In the three-minute overtime period, Joppatowne scored first, as Kilo Mack drove to the basket off a pick set by Hockaday, a 6-foot-5 center. On John Carroll's next possession, Brian McAveney tied the score by tipping in Greg Mainolfi's missed free throw.
Mack (19 points) hit a jump shot to put the Mariners up, 54-52. John Carroll quickly got the ball inside to Mainolfi, but he was fouled.
Mainolfi hit the second of two shots to pull the Patriots back to within one.
After the Mariners couldn't convert at the other end, the Patriots got the rebound and pushed the ball down court. They again went inside to Mainolfi, and again he was fouled. The 6-2 senior hit both ends of a one-and-one to give the Patriots a 55-54 lead with 18 seconds to go.
The Mariners moved down court quickly and got the ball to Hockaday for a 10-foot baseline jumper. With four seconds left, Joppatowne led, 56-55.
The Patriots took two time outs to set up their final play. Pelligrini wanted to take a shot from the corner, but he was fouled before he could go up. With no time showing on the clock, the senior guard missed the first free throw.
"I'm glad we're done with them," Joppatowne coach Mike Bauer said.
"Everybody says how good we are. . . . People want to live on last year's 23-1 record."
John Carroll coach Bernie Mullin said his team needed to play a good competitor. "The more we hung in the game, the more we believed we could make it interesting for the (Mariners)."
The Patriots switched defenses on Mack and Hockaday to help erase a 31-21 halftime deficit. With 4:08 left in the game, John Carroll took the lead, 46-45, for the first time, off a layup from Pelligrini.
The Mariners, however, were in control early. Hockaday scored the first two points en route to a 14-6 first-quarter lead. Four of the Patriots' points came on foul shots.
The second-quarter started out the same way, with the Mariners' Hockaday scoring the first four points.