Ninth-ranked Calvert Hall thumps Mount St. Joseph, 63-50 Wilson leads way with 23 points Boys basketball

December 19, 1992|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Senior center Chris Wilson scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 9 Calvert Hall open Catholic League play with a 63-50 home victory over Mount St. Joseph last night.

Wilson connected on 10 of 16 field-goal attempts to help the Cardinals improve to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Armstrong Conference A Division of the Maryland Scholastic Association. Mount St. Joseph dropped to 3-4 overall 2-1 in the A Division and 0-1 in the Catholic League.

The Cardinals scored six of the last eight first-quarter points to take a 13-10 edge. Wilson hit his first four field-goal attempts in the opening quarter.

But point guard Donte Abron sparked the Gaels early in the second quarter, hitting a medium jumper and two drives through the lane to put St. Joe back in front 18-16 with six minutes left in the first half.

Calvert Hall began to assert itself after that, scoring the next eight points in two minutes.

Junior forward Brian Taylor (10 points) tied the game at 18 off a feed from sophomore Vince Williams. Then Taylor and Williams scored on assists from Greg Metrinko before Jeremy Baker made a steal and layup for a 24-18 Cardinals lead midway through the quarter.

That lead increased to 32-23 at halftime after the Cardinals connected on eight of 13 field-goal tries in the quarter.

The Gaels got as close five points in the third quarter and six points (50-44) with just over four minutes left in the game. But they couldn't get any closer.

"I'm proud of the way we played," said first-year Gaels coach Pat Clatchley. "We made Calvert Hall earn the win. We just couldn't get over the hump. The difference in the game was points in the paint."

That's where Wilson, 6 feet 6, did most of his damage. And senior Brian Matz chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor finished with 10 points. Metrinko and Baker combined for 17 assists.

"We passed the ball well and hit the open man well," said Cardinals coach Joe Baker. "On defense a couple of times we had a chance to put the game away but we couldn't."

Abron led the Gaels with 13 points and Tim Trotta added 12.

Calvert Hall gets back into action tonight, playing host to Thomas Johnson at 7:30.

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