Cardinals top Owls in OT, 38-36 Boys basketball

January 15, 1993|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

With shooting guard Jeremy Baker unavailable for Calvert Hall in yesterday's game at Towson Catholic, the Cardinals asked for a big game from point guard Greg Metrinko.

Metrinko delivered, scoring 14 points and leading No. 11 Calvert Hall to a 38-36 overtime victory against the No. 9 Owls.

Baker, a senior, sprained his ankle in practice Tuesday, and it is uncertain if he will be able to play Sunday against No. 10 Loyola.

"Metrinko stepped up offensively and did a great job of handling the ball," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker. "They gave us a lot of pressure, but we kept our composure."

With Metrinko breaking Towson Catholic's tenacious press, the Cardinals jumped to a 12-4 lead after the first quarter and increased their lead to 18-8 with 3:43 left in the first half.

Towson Catholic fought back with a 10-1 run that cut Calvert Hall's lead to 19-18 at halftime. Senior guard Sharif Butler scored six of his game-high 15 points during the run.

In the second half, the teams traded baskets until James Burrell's two foul shots gave Towson Catholic a 29-27 lead entering the final period.

The Owls' lead stood until 2:25 of the fourth quarter, when Metrinko hit a three-pointer to tie it 33-33.

Rich Rhinehart's driving layup gave the Owls a two-point lead with 1:56 left, but Brian Taylor's tip-in with 43 seconds left again tied the game.

The Owls held for the last shot in regulation, but Butler's 12-foot jumper with six seconds left was off the mark and the teams went to overtime.

The extra period remained scoreless until Taylor's baseline jumper with 59 seconds left gave the Cardinals a 37-35 lead.

Towson Catholic had an opportunity to tie the game with four seconds left when Rhinehart was fouled while attempting a three-pointer.

Rhinehart made his first foul shot, missed his second and lost the opportunity to attempt his third when a lane violation turned the ball over to Calvert Hall.

"We had our opportunities, but we just didn't capitalize," said Owls coach Mike Daniels.

L Taylor finished with 13 points. Burrell had 10 for the Owls.

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