Standing tall, Spalding runs to 82-52 rout of Beth Tfiloh Boys basketball

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

Archbishop Spalding coach Lee Dove said his players probably were thinking of a potential rematch with Severn during last night's Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament opener against Beth Tfiloh at Gilman.

But the Cavaliers found a way to make up for their lack of focus before the game even tipped off.

By standing up.

With a starting five averaging 6-foot-3, the Cavaliers dominated the under-sized Warriors from beginning to end en route a an 82-52 win.

"We definitely outsized them," said Spalding coach Lee Dove.

"But I wasn't very pleased. We were capable of far better execution. I think Severn was weighing in the backs of their minds."

Tonight, the eighth-seeded Cavaliers (14-8) will get their shot, meeting the top-seeded and once-defeated Admirals in an 8 o'clock quarterfinal.

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.

To get there, Spalding made full use of its height 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 points 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."

For Beth Tfiloh (16-11), it was a case of just not having enough.

In the other first-round games, seventh-seeded Boys' Latin beat 10th-seeded Park, 66-41; sixth-seeded Gilman defeated 11th-seeded Lutheran, 76-49; and fifth-seeded Friends upended 12th-seeded Mount Carmel, 90-46.

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