Spalding solves Glenelg C.S. zone, wins by 9 Outmanned Dragons fade in 2nd half in tourney

February 20, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Archbishop Spalding rebounded from a shaky first half to shoot 68 percent in the second half and defeat stubborn Glenelg Country School, 73-62, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference semifinal last night.

Spalding (20-8) advances to the championship game against Beth Tfiloh at Gilman in Baltimore at 2: 30 p.m. tomorrow. Beth Tfiloh made the finals by defeating Lutheran, 63-51, yesterday.

Glenelg Country School (10-14) used a match-up zone to seal off the inside and force host Spalding into poor shot selection in the first half. The Anne Arundel County team hit only nine of 27 from the floor and trailed, 27-26, at halftime.

But Spalding took over in the third quarter. Using more patience and aggressively attacking the zone, the Cavaliers scored nine points in 75 seconds and added seven in 30 seconds moments later as part of a 25-point quarter that gave them a double-digit lead.

The Dragons simply wouldn't quit. Despite dressing only eight players, they hung in and led early in the second half, thanks to strong efforts from Pat Dennison (18 points), Eric Greenberg (16 points) and Nick Woodford (13 points).

The bench was so thin that when forward Garth DeAngelis picked up his fourth foul with two minutes left in the first quarter, coach John Aquila had to keep him in.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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