Loyola switches up on defense, stops McDonogh Dons stifle Evans in 48-29 win Boys basketball

January 09, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

McDonogh has been learning a few lessons in the MSA's newly formed Armstrong Conference A Division this season.

Last night, the Eagles learned the value of defense.

Loyola held McDonogh's leading scorer, Donta Evans, to one field goal and ran away to an easy 48-29 victory at McDonogh.

"We played very good defense," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage. "We didn't give them anything easy and helped each other quite a bit.

"It proves when you play good defense, you don't need to shoot the ball well to win."

The Dons (9-5, 3-1) didn't shoot the ball particularly well. Warren Parker, their top long-range threat, struggled from outside.

But by alternating defenses between man-to-man and a 1-3-1 zone, the Dons disrupted the McDonogh offense mightily.

The Eagles hit only eight of 40 attempts from two-point range and were 3-for-13 from three-point range. Evans, their point guard who was averaging 17.9 points a game, went scoreless until the first minute of the second half.

"They expanded that 1-3-1 zone a little bit and it was hard to get in against it," said McDonogh coach Albie Swartz. "That keeps Evans away from the basket.

"And they were more physical than we were and beat us well enough to force us into poor shots. We needed some other guys to step up and we didn't get them."

McDonogh (5-6, 3-4) had played tough basketball in defeats to Calvert Hall and Cardinal Gibbons.

Tim O'Hara scored 14 points, included three three-pointers, to lead Loyola. The Dons jumped to an 8-0 lead, then scored the final nine points of the first half after the Eagles had closed to 17-14.

McDonogh had one more run, trimming a 12-point halftime deficit to 29-21 on a three-pointer by Tommy Layden.

But Loyola knocked in seven of the next nine points to quickly regain control.

That spurt was capped when Parker stripped Evans of the ball as Evans went up for a jump shot. The ball bounced almost to the Loyola basket, where Parker followed it to score an uncontested layup.

It was typical of the Eagles' night.

Loyola will turn its attention to Catholic League play. The Dons play host to Mount St. Joseph tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

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