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February 15, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Gibbons rallies to defeat Calvert Hall, 68-61

No. 10 Cardinal Gibbons picked the right time to get hot yesterday.

Cardinal Gibbons, sparked by Steve Wojciechowski and Troy Queen, hit seven of 10 from the field and 12 of 16 from the line in the fourth quarter and rallied for a 68-61 victory over visiting and No. 11 Calvert Hall in a Catholic League and Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference A League game.

Calvert Hall led 47-42 after three quarters and appeared in control. The Crusaders, however, made some adjustments for the final eight minutes.

The Crusaders went to a four-corner alignment that helped produce good shots. Gibbons (17-12 overall, 6-6 in Catholic League, 10-4 in MSA) hit six of its first seven from the field to spark an 18-5 run for a 60-54 lead.

"We have a good ball-handlers and good free-throw shooters," said Cardinal Gibbons coach Ray Mullis. "[The offense] allowed us to do what we wanted to."

The Crusaders found similar success from the line. They made the front ends of six of seven one-and-one opportunities.

"For a high school team, 75 percent [12 of 16] is outstanding," said Mullis.

Gibbons tried to get the ball to Queen (game-high 24 points) and Wojciechowski (16 points) as often as possible in the final quarter. The Crusaders stayed patient, and the pair often found good shots or drew fouls.

Wojciechowski started the comeback by hitting a three-pointer early in the quarter to cut the Cardinals' lead to 49-45. He added five free throws.

"We were real patient," said Wojciechowski, who added eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. "I just wanted to take the leadership."

Queen helped run the offense effectively in that quarter. He also made a layup and three key free throws.

"Everyone just had the adrenaline flowing," said Queen. "We just couldn't lose this game."

Cardinal Gibbons went to a 2-3 zone in the fourth quarter that caused Calvert Hall (17-9, 7-5, 10-3) problems at times.

The Crusaders used the defense successfully at times earlier in the game and went to it full-time in the fourth quarter. Calvert Hall missed five of its last six shots, and Gibbons scored seven of the game's final nine points.

"We had some good opportunities to score," said Calvert Hall coach Joe Baker. "We just didn't finish them. They finished their opportunities, and we've got to do that."

Gibbons was trailing 50-45 when it went to work. Jerard Rucker hit a jumper, and Kevin Dukes followed with a layup off a Wojciechowski feed, making it 50-49 with 6:02 left.

After the teams traded baskets twice, Richard Dent tied the game at 54 with the front end of a one-and-one. He missed the second, but Dukes scored on a put-back to give the Crusaders a lead they never lost.

Mount St. Joseph 74, Archbishop Curley 49

Brian Schilpp scored 20 points to lead Mount St. Joseph (14-12, 8-4, 5-6) over host Archbishop Curley (3-18, 1-13, 0-12) in an MSA Armstrong Conference A League and Catholic League game.

Towson Catholic 63, St. Maria Goretti 50

Sharif Butler scored a game-high 22 as No. 14 Towson Catholic (15-9, 8-4) beat St. Maria Goretti (13-11, 5-8) in a Catholic League game.

Wash. International 45, Talmudical Academy 41

Daniel Dang led all scorers with 24 points, as host Washington International School (8-1) defeated Talmudical Academy (16-10, 7-3) in a Metro International League game. Donnie Louk led Talmudical Academy with 14 points.

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