Loyola gets by Goretti after early nightmare in Catholic tournament Hagerstown team scares Dons before bowing, 39-32

Boys basketball

March 01, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the opening quarter of its last two games against Hagerstown's St. Maria Goretti, including last night's Catholic League tournament quarterfinal game, Loyola has scored seven points. In their last meeting, the Dons failed to score in the first period.

While the first quarter has proven to be a nightmare for Loyola, the third has been a remedy for the No. 20 Dons, who held off Goretti for a 39-32 victory before a crowd of more than 1,500 at Goucher College.

Ryan Heacock led Loyola (21-9) with 13 points. Kyle Logan scored a game-high 14 to lead St. Maria Goretti (17-18).

The Dons will play No. 6 Calvert Hall in a semifinal game at 5: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher. Loyola stunned the Cardinals, 52-50, last Friday night to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title.

In the other semifinal, scheduled for 7: 15 p.m. tomorrow, No. 2 St. Frances will play Towson Catholic, which knocked out No. 17 Mount St. Joseph. In their two regular-season meetings, St. Frances dominated the Owls, winning 82-65 and 71-56.

Loyola, which tied for second with Calvert Hall in the Catholic League regular-season standings, earned a third meeting with their longtime Towson rival, holding off a late Gaels rally.

The Dons led, 33-25, with 3: 19 remaining, but Goretti scored five straight to close to within 33-30 with 2: 03 left.

After both teams committed turnovers, Heacock drained an open 10-footer with 54 seconds remaining. Brian Cosgrove followed with two free throws with 36 seconds left to put the game away.

"We were able to survive despite not shooting very well," said Loyola coach Jerry Savage, who was named the Catholic League's Coach of the Year on Thursday. "We're not a physical (( team. We can't overpower people. We have to rely on shooting and on defense."

After a horrid 2-for-20 showing in the opening 16 minutes last night, Loyola converted six of 10 attempts in the third quarter, outscoring Goretti, 13-3, turning a 18-12 deficit into a 25-21 advantage.

"We just couldn't put the ball in the hole," said Goretti coach Cokey Robertson, whose team shot 12-for-45 from the field.

Other tournament results from yesterday:

Towson Catholic 63, Mount St. Joseph 51: Sophomore point guard Lafonte Johnson scored a game-high 19 points as Towson Catholic (18-12) completed a season-sweep of the No. 17 Gaels (22-10).

The Owls led by 18 points midway in the final quarter, but the Gaels made a furious run, closing to within 55-51 on a three-pointer by Aaron Bowles with 1: 24 left.

Damian Hocker's basket put Towson Catholic up by 57-51 with 1: 10 left. The Owls would score the game's final six points.

Hocker added 12 points and 12 rebounds for Towson Catholic and Deon Carter scored 12. Bowles led Mount St. Joseph with 17 points.

St. Frances 88, Archbishop Spalding 37: Hitting 10 of his 13 shots, Mark Karcher scored 26 points, 23 of them in the opening half, to lead No. 2-ranked St. Frances (28-6).

The Panthers, seeking their third consecutive tournament championship, dominated from the opening tip against Spalding the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference champion, which will join the Catholic League next season. St. Frances led 51-18 at halftime.

Karcher, who was named the Catholic League Player of the Year for an unprecedented third consecutive time on Thursday, rested for most of the second half. He also had eight rebounds, six assists. Junior center Shawn Hampton added 15 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots for St. Frances.

Marcus Bents led Spalding with eight points.

Calvert Hall 75, Cardinal Gibbons 53: Sophomore forward Reggie Bryant scored 21 points and Juan Dixon added 14 as No. 6 Calvert Hall (25-5) ran past Gibbons (7-23). The Cardinals, who never trailed, built a 38-22 halftime lead. Calvert Hall out-rebounded the Crusaders, 39-19, including a 22-4 edge offensively.

Antoine Peoples led Calvert Hall with nine rebounds and contributed 12 points. Aaron Herbert had 10 points and three assists.

Junior guard Brandon Jones scored 15 points and freshman guard Gil Goodrich added 14 for Gibbons.

Pub Date: 3/01/97

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