Calvert Hall thwarts undermanned Gibbons Boys basketball

January 27, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Calvert Hall relied on its senior experience to push back repeated comeback efforts by Cardinal Gibbons and registered a 72-61 victory at home last night.

The No. 10 Cardinals (14-5 overall) improved their record in the Catholic League to 7-1 and in the MSA A Conference Armstrong Division to 8-1. The No. 6 Crusaders dropped to 13-9 overall, 4-3 in the Catholic League and 7-2 in the A Conference.

Calvert Hall, which led 30-22 at the half, saw the undermanned Crusaders rally to 39-38 midway through the third quarter on 7-for-8 shooting.

But Calvert Hall pulled away on a pair of baskets from Brian Matz (12 points) and Chris Wilson, who led the Cardinals with 23 nTC points, in the next minute.

A technical foul on Gibbons coach Ray Mullis led to a pair of free throws by Greg Metrinko. A steal and basket by Jeremy Baker (15 points) moved the Cardinals in front 47-38.

"We toughed it out," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker. "We've got four veteran seniors, and they really work hard for us. We play a little better ahead, and the important thing tonight was that we kept attacking with the lead."

But Gibbons wouldn't go away. The visitors scored the next five points to cut the lead to 47-43. But they could get no closer than that in the final quarter.

"Right now, we're hurt," said Mullis. "We're down to six players, and two of them were sick. But in 29 years at Gibbons I've never been more proud of the way a team kept coming back."

But the veteran coach was not pleased with the officiating. "We very rarely complain about the officials, but tonight it was obvious that these two were either biased or incompetent. With the effort that my young kids put in, they deserved better."

The officials were not available for comment.

Gibbons was led by junior Kevin Dukes with 24 points and Richard Dent with 12.

While Gibbons was suffering through 20 percent shooting (3-for-15) in the first quarter, Calvert Hall moved ahead 8-6 midway in the period on a three-pointer by Metrinko.

Wilson added to the lead with a three-point play off a feed from Baker and scored inside to open a 13-6 lead with just under three minutes left in the opening quarter.

Two free throws by Wilson expanded the Cardinals' lead to 20-10 early in the second quarter.

Then the Crusaders ran off nine straight points in a little over two minutes to cut the deficit to 20-19.

But Calvert Hall answered that spurt with a 10-point run of its own, building a 30-19 lead.

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