St. Frances falls short in Alhambra Karcher finishes with 24 in title loss to Carroll

Boys basketball

March 23, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FROSTBURG -- St. Frances' attempt to win a second straight Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament came up short as the No. 2 Panthers lost to Archbishop Carroll of D.C., 69-64, in the final before a crowd of 3,500 at Frostburg State last night.

Ruben Boumtje Boumtje led Archbishop Carroll (26-7) with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots, to earn most valuable player honors. Mark Karcher led St. Frances (32-7) with a game-high 24 points. Kevin Smith added 19 points.

Trailing for most of the game, St. Frances was able to get within 64-61 on a rebound and follow by Smith with 48 seconds remaining.

Greg Lomax (14 points) converted one of two free throws for Archbishop Carroll, extending its lead to 65-61 with 44 seconds left. Karcher missed a three-point attempt, and Boumtje Boumtje hit one of two free throws for a 66-61 lead with 24 seconds left.

The Panthers tried a long inbounds pass to Karcher, but Archbishop Carroll tipped the ball away, and Karcher fouled Lomax, who converted both free throws to put the game out of reach at 68-61.

St. Frances was hurt in the final quarter with the disqualifications of starters Shawn Hampton and Darran Byrd because of fouls. Hampton, the Panthers' 6-foot-8 junior center, had battled with Boumtje Boumtje, a 6-10 center heading to Georgetown.

"The officiating was terrible," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "If they're not going to call the fouls when we are on offense, it's hard to win, but take nothing away from Carroll. They're a great team, but the officiating helped them."

Hampton fouled out with 3: 51 left in the game, and St. Frances trailing 60-53. Boumtje Boumtje went to work inside, hitting a short jumper for a 62-54 lead with 3: 17 left.

A jumper and a three-pointer by Karcher brought St. Frances to within 63-59 with 1: 19 remaining. Timothy Washington (12 points) hit a free throw for Archbishop Carroll for a 64-59 lead.

"We fell behind early and we had to make up a lot of ground," said Karcher, whose high school career ended. He will be deciding between Villanova, Maryland and Georgia Tech for college. "Shawn and Darran fouling out made it tough for us."

Karcher gave St. Frances its first lead of the game at 34-33 with two free throws. Smith hit a jumper for St. Frances' largest lead, 36-33, before Archbishop Carroll regained the lead at 37-36.

After three lead changes, Archbishop Carroll assumed control of the game for good as Antar Parkman scored on an amazing shot while being grabbed by Armando Graham.

Boumtje hit two free throws after being fouled by Hampton (his fourth), then Troyce Haynesworth hit a three-pointer, giving the Lions a 47-40 lead with 2: 02 left in the third quarter.

After winning its first two games by a combined 95 points, St. Frances found itself playing catch-up in the opening half.

Within the first three minutes, Archbishop Carroll built a 7-1 lead, but St. Frances pulled even at 7, thanks in part to a technical foul on the Lions' Timothy Washington.

A couple of minutes later, Hampton was called for a technical. Archbishop Carroll went on a 12-4 run to pull out to a 19-11 lead with 2: 21 remaining in the first. The Lions led 21-14 at the end of the quarter.

With the Lions holding a 23-16 advantage, Boumtje Boumtje picked up his second foul with 5: 10 remaining in the second quarter, and had to sit.

But St. Frances was struggling to find its offensive groove and Archbishop Carroll scored the next five points to take its biggest lead of the first half at 28-16.

Down 30-19, St. Frances and Karcher began a comeback. His three-point play with 2: 40 left made it 30-22, sparking an 11-2 run to bring the Panthers within 32-30 at halftime.

ST. FRANCES -- Karcher 24, Hampton 9, Byrd 4, Smith 19, Graham 2, Beaufort 5. Totals 24 12-17 64.

ARCHBISHOP CARROLL -- Washington 12, Parkman 6, Boumtje Boumtje 18, Griffin 10, Lomax 14, Steele 4, Haynesworth 5. Totals 21 23-32 69. Halftime: Archbishop Carroll, 32-30.

Calvert Hall beats Walsh

Fourth-ranked Calvert Hall was able to capture seventh place with a 78-49 victory over Bishop Walsh (10-17) of Cumberland earlier yesterday.

Juan Dixon scored a game-high 24 points to lead Calvert Hall (27-8), and sophomore Reggie Bryant added 14 and eight rebounds. Brandon Jessie and Brett Blanco led Bishop Walsh with 10 points each.

CALVERT HALL -- Herbert 6, Dixon 24, Peoples 8, Williams 10, Venanzi 3, Diggs 6, Brandenburg 3, Knapp 2, Bryant 14. Totals 30 11-17 78.

BISHOP WALSH -- DuVall 2, Cunningham 3, Sechler 4, Ricker 2, Long 6, Blanco 10, Jessie 10, Rowan 3, Guerin 9. Totals 15 15-25 49. Halftime: Calvert Hall, 41-20.

Pub Date: 3/23/97

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