Calvert Hall beats Loyola in Catholic 1st round, 63-52

February 26, 1994|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Special to The Sun

Fourth-seeded Calvert Hall scored the first seven points of the third quarter and held fifth-seeded Loyola without a shot during that span to spark the No. 18 Cardinals to a 63-52 home victory in the opening round of the 23rd Baltimore Catholic League Tournament last night.

Leading by a point at halftime the Cardinals (17-10) used two inside baskets by Brian Taylor, who had been held scoreless in the first half, and a trio of three-pointers by John McKay to outscore the Dons 13-2 in the first six minutes of the second half.

"We told them at halftime that we had to step it up on defense," said Cardinal coach Mark Amatucci. "[Loyola coach] Jerry [Savage] was doing a real nice job of a sagging man-to-man in the first half and we knew we had to start getting the ball inside."

The victory moves Calvert Hall into the semifinal round against top-seed and regular-season champion Cardinal Gibbons in the 8 o'clock game of tonight's semifinals at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

McKay, who led all scorers with 18 points, had been one of the few offensive bright spots for the Cardinals in the first half. And after Taylor opened the scoring in the second half McKay bombed in all three of his three-point tries to build a 39-27 advantage with just over two minutes left in the third quarter.

"I thought we did a pretty good job the first half," said Savage, whose Dons finish the season at 11-17. "But we just didn't handle the ball well after that. And Calvert Hall is playing with confidence now. They're playing as well as anybody in the league."

Calvert Hall also got double figure scoring from Vince Williams with 12 and Taylor with 10. The Dons were led by Bill Grothmann with 14.

The first half wasn't a thing of beauty. Both teams started with a flurry of turnovers as well as cold shooting and neither team could mount any kind of a run before intermission.

The largest lead in the opening half, which had six ties and seven lead changes, was four points by the Dons on two occasions in the first quarter, which ended with Loyola ahead 12-10.

The lead continued to see-saw in the second quarter but the Dons appeared ready to go the locker room with the lead after a three-pointer by junior Mike O'Neill put Loyola ahead 25-24 in the closing seconds before halftime.

But Loyola, with Savage calling for his team to go for the last shot, missed from far outside and Calvert Hall had time for a follow-up basket by freshman Gary Williams for a 26-25 lead at the break.

That lead had to give Calvert Hall a big lift going into the second half because the Cardinals had hit on only 9-of-29 from the field in the half and hadn't gotten any scoring from senior scoring leader Taylor.

* Towson Catholic 53, Goretti 52: Konata Springer, a junior center, hit a baseline jumper with 21 seconds left to lift seventh-seeded and defending Catholic League tournament champion Towson Catholic over host and second-seeded St. Maria Goretti. St. Maria Goretti then missed two shots during the last 21 seconds.

Springer had a game-high 18 points for the Owls, which trailed St. Maria Goretti by nine points with four minutes remaining. Phil Lane led St. Maria Goretti with 16.

The Owls play St. Frances at Loyola College today at 6:15 p.m.

* Gibbons 87, Curley 47: Senior forward Jerard Rucker scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 8 Gibbons (23-6), the top seed in the tournament, topped visiting Curley in the first round of the Catholic League Tournament. Steve Wojciechowski, senior guard, had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 26-11 lead and outscored the Friars 22-4 in the third quarter to secure the victory.

* St. Frances 55, Mount St. Joseph 45: Wayne Wheeler scored 17 points as No 15 St. Frances (12-7) defeated Mount St. Joseph (3-10) in a Catholic League first round playoff game. St. Frances will face Towson Catholic today at 6 p.m. at Loyola. The Panthers defeated Towson Catholic twice during the regular season.

Mark Karcher scored 13 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for St. Frances. Keon Chavez added 15. Dan Whye led Mount St. Joseph with 18 while Kenny Krabitz had 15.

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