Fourth-period hot streak lifts Gibbons over Loyola, 68-62

January 31, 1996|By Bob Clark | Bob Clark,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It was the kind of performance that a coach dreams of -- a 10-2 spurt in crunch time with four players providing the crucial offense.

No. 8 Cardinal Gibbons used that hot streak midway in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 9 Loyola, 68-62, at home last night and move to 16-6 on the season with a 4-2 mark in the Catholic League and a 4-1 record in the MIAA.

"We really do have a lot of good shooters and we're starting to show more poise and a lot more movement in our offense," said Gibbons coach Bryan Moorhouse.

"They're really starting to understand their roles. James Urban is stepping up with his shooting and Keith Phoebus is shooting well and along with [leading scorer] Josh Davalli hitting from outside that allows Vernon Collins room to work inside."

With the game tied 47-47 in the early minutes of the fourth quarter it was those four Gibbons' seniors who took over.

First Urban, who finished with 12 points, started the streak with his third three-pointer. In the next two minutes the Crusaders used a baseline jumper by Phoebus (13 points), a three-pointer by Davalli (20 points and five three-pointers) and an inside basket by Collins (15 points) on a feed from Phoebus to build a 57-48 lead with just over three minutes to play.

"They shot the ball real well," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage, whose team dropped to 14-5 overall, 3-2 in the Catholic League and absorbed its first MIAA loss in six games. "You get behind them late and you're in trouble, because you have to foul them and they shoot so well."

Loyola wouldn't quit, using the three-pointer effectively. Mike Sutphin, who led the Dons with 21 points, Jason Vogtman (16 points) and Reggie Gray hit big threes to pull Loyola within three points at 65-62 with 42 seconds to play.

But 7-of-8 foul shooting by Davalli and Urban in the last minute held off the charge.

After trailing for most of the first quarter the Crusaders scored the last seven points in the final 91 seconds of that quarter to move on top 17-14. A three-pointer by Davalli put Gibbons ahead 15-14 with 1:01 left.

Davalli then opened the second quarter with another three-pointer for a 20-14 Gibbons lead. But Loyola responded with a seven-point spurt by Sutphin in a little over a minute to regain the lead at 21-20.

After that the teams were tied twice in the second quarter, before Gibbons edged ahead 34-30 on two three-pointers by Urban just before halftime.

Loyola battled back to even at 46-46 after three quarters.

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