Butler's 31 lead Owls' 62-58 win Calvert Hall drops 3rd straight game


February 08, 1993|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Contributing Writer

Senior forward Sharif Butler, who had sparked the Towson Catholic offense all afternoon, stole a baseline bounce pass with three seconds remaining and hit a pair of free throws with one second to play to nail down the Owls' 62-58 victory at Calvert Hall yesterday.

Butler finished with 31 points on 11-for-21 shooting as Towson Catholic (13-9) won its sixth game in its past seven. The win raised the Owls' Catholic League record to 6-4 and improved their record in the Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference A Division to 10-3.

"We've made some defensive adjustments in practice, and our seniors are stepping up," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel. "We knew all season that we had the ability, and now we're showing it a little more."

The loss was especially bitter for Calvert Hall, which, eight days ago, was alone atop the Catholic League with a 7-1 mark after an impressive road win at Loyola.

But the past week was disastrous for the Cardinals, who lost at St. Maria Goretti (80-73) Sunday and then were beaten at home in double overtime by St. Frances (62-61) Friday. The third straight Catholic League loss drops the Cardinals to 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the Catholic League, two games behind league-leading Loyola. Calvert Hall is 10-2 in the MSA, tied for first with Loyola.

The Cardinals got a superb offensive performance from senior guard Jeremy Baker, who, after being held scoreless in the first ++ half, scored 19 of his 22 points, including six three-pointers, in a third-quarter rally that erased an 11-point Owls lead.

But the momentum didn't carry into the fourth quarter.

dug a hole and then got out of it," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker. "We asked our kids to play hard and they did, but we just couldn't capitalize on the breaks at the end."

Calvert Hall trailed 57-48 midway through the fourth quarter, but rallied again to within 59-58 in the final minute.

Then a free throw by the Owls' Jason Fink provided a 60-58 lead with 23 seconds left. But, after calling time with nine seconds remaining, a pass by Calvert Hall's Brian Matz intended for Brian Taylor inside was picked off by Butler to seal the verdict.

"I saw that [Matz] he didn't have a shot and I dropped back," said Butler. "I thought the ball was coming inside, and it did."

Trailing 7-0 in the early moments of play, Butler took control of the game, scoring eight in the remainder of the first quarter as the Owls pulled even at 12.

In the second quarter, Butler added 11 on 5-for-7 shooting and senior forward James Burrell hit four straight jumpers from in close as Towson Catholic moved ahead 26-14 midway through the quarter.

The Cardinals, hitting 6-of-19 from the field in the first half and 0-for-8 from three-point range, were down 34-24 at intermission.

St. Frances 55, Curley 30

Orlando Ransom scored 13 points as St. Frances (8-10, 6-5) defeated visiting Curley (2-17, 0-11), in a Catholic League game at the University of Baltimore. The Panthers led 24-20 at halftime, before outscoring the Friars, 31-10, in the second half. Brian Schilpp led Curley with 12 points.

B. Tfiloh 41, Ida Crown (Ill.) 40

David Lowenstein had 13 points and 12 rebounds as Beth Tfiloh (16-8) edged Ida Crown in the championship game of the Joseph Weiner Memorial Tournament at Beth Tfiloh.

Lowenstein, who was named to the All-Tournament Team along with teammate Avi Benus, made two free throws in the final minute to give Beth Tfiloh a 41-38 lead.

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