Towson Catholic pulls away from Gibbons, 65-57

February 01, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Senior forward James Burrell scored 10 of his 20 points in a 26-7 spurt midway in the second half that led No. 16 Towson Catholic to its fourth straight victory, 65-57 over visiting Cardinal Gibbons yesterday.

The Owls improved to 11-8 overall, 4-3 in the Catholic League and 8-2 in the MSA Armstrong Conference A Division. It was the fourth loss in the past five games for No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons (13-10, 4-4 and 7-3).

Both teams have been beset by injuries. The Crusad Metro roundup

ers, who are down to six varsity players, have been without senior captain Troy Queen, who has an injured knee. Towson Catholic, whose Chucky Green is scheduled to have his ankle operated on today, is down to seven able bodies.

It was the Owls' seniors that took control yesterday with Burrell sparking the second-half run after Sharif Butler (15 points) and Richard Rhinehart (12) had provided the early advantage.

"We're going in the right direction," said Owls coach Mike Daniel. "The seniors have been stepping up for us. Burrell has that fire back in his eyes."

Gibbons rallied from an 11-point, first-half deficit to cut the Owls' lead to 28-25 three minutes into the second half after Steve Wojciechowski (14 points) hit a three-pointer. But a fourth foul on center Richard Dent proved fatal for the Crusaders.

"We had a hard time playing without Dent," said Gibbons coach Ray Mullis, whose team fell behind 52-32 early in the fourth quarter.

Only a late scoring spree by Gibbons junior Kevin Dukes, who scored 11 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, made the final score respectable.

"Towson Catholic played well and we didn't," said Mullis. "And I ++ don't have any idea why we didn't. This was the worst league game we've played in a long time. We weren't in position on offense or defense. And until the end there wasn't any real intensity in our play."

Butler got the Owls off to a quick start, hitting a short jumper in the lane and then a fast-break slam before his eight-foot bank shot made it 8-3.

That lead opened to 14-6 after a steal and layup from Rhinehart, a follow basket by Konata Springer and another fast-break score by Rhinehart on a feed from Charles Harrison.

The Crusaders couldn't get into their offense smoothly at any time in the first half, managing just a three-pointer from Wojciechowski in the first four minutes of the game.

A spurt by the Crusaders early in the second quarter closed the gap to 20-15, but the Owls responded with the next six points on baskets by Rhinehart, Jason Fink and Burrell to open the largest lead of the half, 26-15.

But when Gibbons got close early in the third quarter, Burrell and his mates took charge to put the game out of reach.

The Owls face big tests this week with games at Loyola tomorrow and at Calvert Hall on Sunday. "We're just looking toward Loyola. We've got to concentrate on one game at a time," said Daniel.

St. Maria Goretti 80, Calvert Hall 73

Host St. Maria Goretti upset No. 9 Calvert Hall (15-6, 7-2) in a Catholic League game. Chris Wilson led Calvert Hall with 20 points. Jeremy Baker and Brian Matz each added 14 for the Cardinals.

Loyola 96, Curley 45

Kevin Chinnia scored 17 points to lead host Loyola (16-6, 8-2) past Curley (2-15, 0-8) in a Catholic League game. Jerry Hunt added 14 for the Dons. Dwight Wise led Curley with 17 points.

Mount St. Joseph 64, St. Frances 56

Jay English scored 12 points and Tim Trotta and Khray Pittman each added 11 to lead Mount St. Joseph (10-11, 4-5) over St. Frances (5-10, 3-5) in a Catholic League game.

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