B. Tfiloh loses out to Spalding Boys basketball

February 17, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Beth Tfiloh coach Sam Perlin knew that beating Archbishop Spalding would be a tall order for his undersized Warriors.

With a starting lineup averaging 5-foot-9, the Warriors coach knew his team would have to execute to perfection to stay with a Cavaliers frontcourt averaging 6-4.

And in the end, it proved just too huge a task.

Archbishop Spalding used its height to jump out to a 17-5 lead, then coasted to an 82-52 win in the opening round of the Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament at Gilman.

Spalding (14-8), the tournament's eighth seed, will meet top-seeded Severn tonight at 8 in the quarterfinal round.

Today's other quarterfinals include Boys' Latin against second-seeded McDonogh at 2, Gilman against third-seeded John Carroll at 4 and Friends against fourth-seeded St. Paul's at 6.

Each of the top four seeds received first-round byes.

For Beth Tfiloh (16-11), however, advancing would have meant clearing a giant hurdle.

"We had to execute perfectly, make our shots and do well on the boards, and we didn't do any of that," said Perlin, whose team lost to Spalding by 30 earlier in the season. "There's just no way they're an eighth seed. They're obviously a very talented team."

The Cavaliers made full use of their size advantage, getting second and third shots on numerous possessions and outrebounding the Warriors, 52-20. Doug Little led Spalding with 15 points, and Rich Reilly added 14 and 14 rebounds.

Said Reilly: "We played them earlier in the season and they kept running on us. So we said before the game that we just had to get the ball inside, and that's what we did."

In the tournament opener, forward Phil Booker scored a game-high 22 points to lead seventh-seeded Boys' Latin to a 66-41 win over 10th-seeded Park.

The game was tight until Booker took over in the second quarter. The senior scored 10 points and led his team on a 12-0 run to give the Lakers (13-9) a 22-9 lead with 3:12 left in the half.

"We started getting the ball inside, and I got some easy shots," said Booker, whose team had beaten Park (8-10) by 18 earlier in the season. "We expected to win, but we didn't want to take it for granted. They're a tough team."

Tournament host Gilman, as well, scored an easy first-round victory, knocking off 11th-seeded Lutheran, 76-49.

The sixth-seeded Greyhounds (7-19) ran out to a 16-2 lead against the undermanned Saints (4-15) -- who dressed just six players -- and coasted the rest of the way.

Guard Jimmy Fields led all scorers with 25 points on 11-for-12 shooting. Thirteen players scored for the Greyhounds.

In the other first-round game, all nine players scored for fifth-seeded Friends as the Quakers disposed of 12th-seeded Mount Carmel, 90-46.

The Quakers (15-4) had little trouble handling the smaller Cougars (4-19).

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