Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel preaches execution. On paper, his seventh-ranked team's 93-55 win over Dundalk in the opening round of the Baltimore County Holiday Invitational at Perry Hall yesterday was a model of execution.
But Daniel was less than impressed.
"Our execution was just OK, and I emphasize the just," said Daniel, whose team improved to 5-3 despite many turnovers. "We showed we've got a lot of work to do. A lot of work."
The numbers, however, showed otherwise.
The Owls shot nearly 50 percent from the field and used their height advantage to out-rebound Dundalk by a wide margin. Towson Catholic's starters averaged a four-inch height advantage.
The Owls scored easily at times by dumping the ball inside to 6-foot-7 Tony Bishop (26 points) and 6-6 James Burrell (22), and 6-4 guards Sydney Johnson and Richard Rhinehart combined for another 35 from the outside.
But in tomorrow's Gold Division championship game against 3-0 Overlea and standout forward Bernard Hopkins, Daniel says the result may not be so friendly if his team plays the same way.
Overlea advanced to tomorrow's (5 p.m.) final by defeating North Harford, 75-60, on the strength of Hopkins' 40 points -- nearly half of which came on dunks.
In other games, Chianti Stansbury scored 25 points and Norman Molan added 12, as No. 15 Milford Mill (4-1) gained the Blue Division final with a 74-50 win over Mount Hebron (2-3). The Millers will meet C. Milton Wright (4-0), a 62-60 winner over St. Paul's (2-4) in the other semifinal, tomorrow at 3:15.
In the White Division, No. 11 Calvert Hall (5-1) defeated Northern, 66-56. Guard Greg Metrinko led the Cardinals with 26 points, including 15 in the third quarter.
Calvert Hall will face Perry Hall, a 59-49 winner over Havre de Grace last night, in tomorrow's White Division final at 6:45.