St. Frances sails past Calvert Hall BOYS BASKETBALL

January 07, 1995|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,Special to The Sun

No. 4 St. Frances opened the Catholic League season with a 65-53 victory over No. 7 Calvert Hall at the University of Baltimore last night.

The Panthers won for the 11th time in 12 starts behind the inside play of Mark Karcher and Corey Bradford in the first half and the guard play of Alphonso Jones and Keon Chavez down the stretch.

Karcher led the Panthers with 16 points and Bradford scored 12, all in the first half. Chavez and Jones each scored 11 and Charles Beaufort added 10 for St. Frances.

"You've got to attack the inside and we did that the first half," said Panthers coach William Wells. "Then we played some good defense in the second half and that was what we needed to win."

The Cardinals (7-4 overall) were led by senior guard John McKay with 16, but the Cardinals' leading scorer had an off night from the field, hitting five of 17 shots. Sam Anyan scored 11 for the Cardinals.

Cardinal coach Mark Amatucci was perplexed by his team's showing: "We played like we couldn't beat St. Frances. I don't know if we're looking at the rankings or something, but even when we got close in the second half we played like a bunch of scared rabbits. And that's totally opposite of the way we've been playing."

The Cardinals played even at 6 through the first four minutes of the game. But the Panthers, controlling the game inside, opened a 13-6 lead by scoring the final seven points of the first quarter, while limiting the Cardinals to 2-for-16 from the field in the quarter.

Bradford came off the bench to break the tie with a free throw and then followed that with an inside basket. Karcher made his only two shots of the first quarter in the final 1:31.

Calvert Hall pulled to within 15-14 just three minutes into the second quarter, but Karcher and Bradford continued to dominate inside.

Karcher started an 9-2 run with a fast-break slam and Bradford added a basket off a feed from Jones and then put together a three-point play on the next Panthers possession.

Another Karcher inside basket put St. Frances ahead 24-16 with 3:24 left in the half. Calvert Hall couldn't get closer than six points before the half ended with St. Frances holding a 30-22 lead. Of the 30 points, Karcher scored 14 and Bradford chipped in with 12 off the bench.

Calvert Hall battled back to within 36-35 late in the third quarter on a short jumper from the baseline by Vince Williams, but the Panthers responded with the next eight points.

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