Spalding tops Latin, 68-61, gains semis MSA B Division

February 24, 1993|By Joe Weber | Joe Weber,Contributing Writer

Junior forward Doug Little scored 24 points and for the first time in more than six years Archbishop Spalding advanced to the semifinals of the conference playoffs, as the Cavaliers defeated visiting Boys' Latin, 68-61, in an Armstrong Conference B Division first-round game.

Spalding (13-8) will meet Friends (14-6) in a semifinal game Friday at 8 p.m. at Goucher College. St. Mary's, a 66-61 winner over John Carroll in yesterday's other first-round contest, will meet Severn in the other semifinal Friday at Goucher at 6 p.m.

The winners will meet in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Goucher.

Senior forward Rich Reilly added 16 and senior forward Tim Alber had 10 for the Cavaliers, who built a 4-0 lead before the Lakers (12-10) scored 11 straight, forcing Spalding coach Lee Dove to regroup his team with a timeout with 2:04 left in the first quarter.

Dove's pre-game concern that his team might come out flat after its near successful run at the Independent Schools Tournament title last week (the Cavaliers lost in the championship game to Gilman) was becoming a reality. "I told them if they wanted to get back in this thing, let's do it right now," Dove said.

The Cavaliers responded with the help of sophomore point guard Charles Ross, who came in and sparked the team. Spalding's quicker lineup was able to break the Laker press and close the lead to 15-13 at the end of the first quarter. With 5:40 left in the second quarter, Spalding's Doug Little tied the score at 19-19.

The Lakers had difficulty breaking Spalding's press and getting the ball inside to their leading scorer Phil Booker, a senior forward, who finished with 23 points. Spalding led at the half 34-32.

Spalding began to pull away midway through the third quarter when the Lakers lost much of their height as Booker (6 feet 3) and Martin Chivers (6-6) were forced to sit after picking up their fourth fouls. Spalding began to capitalize on the absence of Booker and Chivers, increasing their lead to nine points with 2:00 left.

"I was really confident we could go inside and get our big men into the game. We were successful in controlling the boards and holding them [Boys' Latin] to one shot," Dove said.

Senior guard Tom Saunders added 18 for the Lakers.

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