McDonogh's clutch play tops St. Mary's Eagles score with : 27 to go for 52-50 victory

Boys basketball

February 05, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Freshman David Lunn played like a senior and the only two 12th-graders on his team -- Justin Wright and Lance Clelland -- complemented him down the stretch as McDonogh pulled off a dramatic 52-50 victory over St. Mary's in Annapolis last night.

In what was a cross division matchup in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) B Conference, the visiting Division I Eagles (14-4, 7-3) overcame a 10-point deficit in the final period and won it on Lunn's lay-in with 27 seconds left.

Lunn, a 6-3 forward, scored nine of his 12 points in the final period and finished with game high totals of 11 rebounds and seven steals.

The 6-foot-4 Wright and 6-6 Clelland, who is headed to Northwestern on a football scholarship, made clutch plays at nitty gritty time to overcome nine blocked shots by the Saints' 6-9 junior Matt Treadwell (two points, six boards).

"The whole team contributed, pretty good team defense coming down the stretch," said McDonogh coach Jack McMullen. "Lunn and the other underclassmen really look up to Wright and Clelland. Our seniors are great role models and give us the leadership you need to win."

The Division II Saints (16-8, 6-5) led most of the game and hit five of eight from the floor in the third period to push their five-point halftime lead (31-26 ) to 45-35.

The Saints failed to work the clock in the final eight minutes and hit only two of 11 field goal attempts giving the Eagles a chance to rally.

"I'll take the blame for that because my kids played with a lot of heart," said St. Mary's coach Roger Reed. "I'll be up all night second guessing myself on that. All I can do is point to myself."

St. Mary's Scott Driscoll, who scored all 11 of his points in the first half, drove the lane, put it in, but was called for an offensive foul as Lunn went sprawling with 27 seconds on the clock.

Lunn then hit his game winner.

After Brian Leone missed the front end of a one and one, Driscoll came up with his fifth rebound the game with 13 seconds left to give the Saints a chance for a tie.

Dauses' one-handed bank shot hit off the glass and into Wright's hands as the final buzzer sounded.

Pub Date: 2/05/97

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