Senior forward Steve Kraning sparked a second-quarter turnaround for No. 6 Loyola, helping the Dons topple No. 14 Calvert Hall, 62-51, yesterday at Blakefield.
The victory was the 19th of the season for the Dons (19-7), and improved their Catholic League record to 9-3. Calvert Hall dropped to 12-10 overall, 6-6 in the league. The Dons remain two games behind league-leading Cardinal Gibbons, which defeated St. Frances yesterday, clinching at least a tie for the Catholic League regular-season championship. The No. 7 Crusaders will be heavily favored to capture the title outright when they meet last-place Archbishop Curley on Friday.
After connecting on only four of 14 field-goal tries in the first quarter, Loyola, which had beaten the Cardinals by 21 at Calvert Hall earlier this season, found itself trailing, 13-9.