Gibbons tops Towson Catholic, 65-53 Boys basketball

January 09, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Junior guard Kevin Dukes scored 19 points and went 5-for-5 from the field in the second half, as No. 5 Cardinal Gibbons pulled away from No. 6 Towson Catholic for a 65-53 home victory last night that moved the Catholic League leaders to 3-0.

The Crusaders (9-6 overall and 4-0 in the MSA A Conference Armstrong Division) led 35-33 midway in the third quarter before Dukes started a Gibbons spurt that built the lead to 51-37 at the outset of the fourth quarter.

Dukes scored seven points in the 16-6 run and hit a three-pointer after a steal by Steve Wojciechowski (17 points) in the opening seconds of the final quarter to open the com

manding lead.

"Gibbons did a nice job overall," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel, whose team dropped to 4-5 overall, 2-1 in the A Conference and 0-1 in the Catholic League. "And Dukes and Wojciechowski really handled the ball well. But, right now, we're just not a very good team. We've been struggling and tonight our shooting was horrendous."

TC was led by Sharif Butler with 14 points and James Burrell with 13.

Gibbons also got a big effort from Jerard Rucker, who scored 13 and had seven rebounds and four assists.

Gibbons was hampered early,when senior captain Troy Queen picked up three personals in the first 2:38 of the game, but Dukes and Rucker picked up the Crusaders.

With Gibbons holding a 21-20 lead early in the second quarter, the Owls went without a point for more than five minutes.

Two free throws and a jumper by Rocky Keener started a 10-point Crusaders run.

But Towson Catholic bunched eight points into the final 42 seconds of the second quarter. Butler broke the 5:23 scoring drought with a three-pointer. Then Burrell hit a pair of foul shots before Butler closed the first half with another three-pointer.

Despite the long scoring drought and 4-for-18 shooting in the second quarter, the Owls were down 31-28 at the half.

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