Spalding advances to title game Boys basketball

February 19, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

With three of the four top seeds eliminated in the Maryland Scholastic Association Independents Schools Basketball Tournament, you might think that Spalding coach Lee Dove would be flattered with his Cavaliers' No. 8 seeding.

He's not, but Dove couldn't find anything else to complain about yesterday after watching his team defeat No. 4 seed St. Paul's, 65-59, at Gilman School.

"Just getting to the championship is a major accomplishment, especially for a No. 8 seed," said Dove, with tongue in cheek. "I was livid when I saw what we were seeded. You got the A Conference teams, and I'm sure there was some sentiment for them because they play in a tougher conference, supposedly, but to be seeded eighth . . . I was really angry.

"I told the kids that they should be livid, too, and to just go to this tournament and win them all and show them."

So far, Spalding has.

BTC The Cavaliers (16-8), coming of a thrilling victory over top-seeded Severn on Wednesday, showed poise under pressure as they used a 21-for-28 performance from the foul line to advance to tomorrow's tournament finale against Gilman, a 58-52 winner over Boys' Latin.

"Free throws. I don't know what we're drinking in the water at Spalding, but they're just going in," said Dove. "I've been telling them that you work all year long to get to this position and good teams are supposed to peak at the right time and maybe we're peaking."

With senior Rich Reilly swatting every shot that came near himthe Cavaliers jumped to a 29-21 halftime lead. That lead disappeared by the5:01 mark of the third quarter, when St. Paul's guard Michael Watson (14 points) sank a jumper in the paint to tie the score at 29.

Spalding's first basket of the second half didn't come until 3:33, when Brian Mohr found his range from 16 feet.

The Cavaliers' tardiness enabled the Crusaders to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Reilly fouled out with 2:33 left, so Cavaliers 6-foot-5 senior Tim Alber was left in control of the paint and Mohr in control of the ball. Both did respective jobs down the stretch.

Mohr finished with a game-high 25 points and Alber added six points and 12 rebounds. Doug Little made a couple of big baskets for the Cavs and finished with 10 points.

"They killed us on the boards," said St. Paul's coach Rick Collins. "We scrapped and hustled to get back in the game, but they did a nice job. I think size just ultimately wears you down."

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