Spalding finds mark in 2nd half to stop Glenelg Country, 73-62 Cavaliers face Beth Tfiloh for MIAA C championship

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 final two quarters and defeat stubborn Glenelg Country School, 73-62, in an MIAA C Conference semifinal last night.

Spalding (20-8) advances to tomorrow's championship game against Beth Tfiloh at Gilman at 2: 30 p.m.

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 Cavaliers made only 9-of-27 field goals 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.

"We were a little more selective in the second half," said Spalding coach Tony Martin. "We wanted to get inside their zone, and [shot better] when we did."

The Cavaliers hit 11 of 16 in the third quarter and followed that with eight of 12 in the final period -- 19-for-28 total. They also went to a three-quarters court press in the third quarter that forced several turnovers -- and they finished with 21.

Darren Johnson led the way with a game-high 19 points. His three-pointer sparked the initial nine-point run that gave the Cavaliers the lead for good.

But the Dragons would not quit. Despite dressing only eight players, they 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 starting forward Garth DeAngelis picked up his fourth foul with two minutes left in the first quarter, coach John Aquila kept him in.

DeAngelis was crucial in breaking the different presses and did not foul out until three seconds remained.

"We were trying to stay in the game as long as we could," said Aquila. "I'm proud of the kids. They played hard."

Beth Tfiloh 63, Lutheran 51: Sam Ruskin had 23 points and Joe Samuel added 17 as Beth Tfiloh (12-9) topped visiting Lutheran in an MIAA C Conference semifinal.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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