Calvert Hall nips Loyola, 55-51

February 19, 1996|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fourth-quarter heroics for Calvert Hall had been reserved for Juan Dixon in recent weeks, but backcourt mate Aaron Herbert wore the cape yesterday.

His short jumper with 34 seconds remaining in regulation helped lift No. 6 Calvert Hall to 55-51 victory over host and No. 9 Loyola before a standing-room-only crowd, clinching the Cardinals' second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title.

Patrick Ngongba led all scorers with 20 points for Calvert Hall (22-7, 10-1), and Dixon added 12. Jason Vogtman led Loyola (20-7, 9-3) with 15 points and Mike Sutphin had 11.

Vogtman had an opportunity to tie the game, beating Herbert in the lane, but his short jumper hit off the front of the rim. Herbert grabbed the ball after a brief scramble under the basket, and Dixon added two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining.

"Coach [Mark Amatucci] always tells us to move and not watch Pat in the post," said Herbert, who finished with nine points. "I got the ball and took one hard dribble and went to the hole."

With its second win over Loyola within a week, Calvert Hall solidified its hold on second in the Catholic League, improving to 8-3. Loyola slipped to 6-4 a week before the postseason tournament, March 1, 3 and 4 at Goucher.

"I had the shot, but it just didn't go in," said Vogtman, who had nine points in Tuesday's loss. "We played pretty good defense for most of the game, banging them around and making them shoot as far as possible."

The Dons had a 45-41 lead with 5:16 remaining in regulation, but consecutive turnovers aided Calvert Hall during a 6-0 run to take a 47-45 lead with 3:21 left.

A three-pointer by Vogtman from the top of the key gave Loyola the lead back at 48-47 and a free throw by Chris Malone extended it to two with 1:46 remaining.

After a basket by Ngongba, Herbert followed with a bank shot with 1:02 left, giving Calvert Hall a 51-49 lead. Two free throws by Adam Shigley tied the game with 55.4 seconds remaining.

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