Boys' Latin holds off McDonogh, 52-48 Boys basketball

February 18, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Second-seeded McDonogh was looking ahead to the semifinals when it should have been focusing on yesterday's quarterfinal round of the Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament at Gilman School.

By the time the Eagles finally took notice, it was too late, as Boys' Latin jumped to a 16-point halftime lead and then eked out a 52-48 victory.

"I called two timeouts in the first half to try and get us under control, but you can't just keep calling timeouts," said McDonogh coach Albie Swartz, who was without 6-foot-5 sophomore Bob Sabelhaus, who was out sick. "It was a real nightmare."

McDonogh's bad dream began in the first quarter, in which the Eagles scored five points. McDonogh improved on that total by one in the second quarter and trailed 27-11 at halftime.

The Lakers (14-9) saw their lead shrink to six after three periods and McDonogh pulled within one with 1:14 left. Boys' Latin hit five of eight foul shots down the stretch to preserve the win and advance to today's 4 p.m. semifinal with Gilman -- a 67-63 winner over John Carroll.

No. 4 St. Paul's will face the winner of top-seeded Severn/No. 8 Spalding in the other semifinal matchup at 6 p.m. Today's winners will meet in finals tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Senior Phil Booker led the Lakers (14-9) with 15 points, and Bryan Devaney and Andy Sharretts chipped in nine apiece. Donta Steven led the Eagles with a game-high 30.

"We sure had to scramble and hang on at the end, but our kids really played a great first half," said Lakers coach Hugh Gelston. "I think we played very well defensively in the first half and we were able to change defenses and I think that kept them off balance."

No. 6 seed Gilman (8-19) recorded the day's second upset by turning away third-seeded John Carroll, 67-63.

Ronnie Crockett set the pace for the Greyhounds with 21 points, and junior guard Jimmy Fields added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists.

John Carroll's Myron Cole, who recently scored his 1,000th career point, scored 19, and Mark Heimerl led the Patriots with a game-high 23.

St. Paul's, the tournament's defending champion, broke open its game with Friends in the third quarter and cruised to a 59-45 victory.

The Crusaders (7-16) used a balanced scoring attack, and Friends relied on Sean Armstrong (27 points).

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