DeMatha dominates Dons, 80-57 Stags, too tall and quick, break away in 2nd period


December 18, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

It was the third quarter of No. 13-ranked Loyola's 80-57 loss to DeMatha yesterday when coach Morgan Wootten's visiting Stags began summoning players off the bench.

Those reserves -- on a team ranked No. 7 nationally and No. 1 in the Washington, D.C., area by The Washington Post, and which started only two of the four seniors listed on its 14-man roster -- included 6-foot-10, 230-pound junior Derek Ahern and 6-10, 240-pound freshman Jordan Collins.

Collins immediately contributed four points and six rebounds, causing spectator Matt Barhight -- a 15-year-old, 5-3 guard on Loyola's freshman squad -- to point from the stands in uncontrollable excitement.

"See that guy, No. 43?" said Barhight, nudging a buddy and gesturing in Collins' direction. "I was at a summer [basketball] camp with him. He was 13 years old then. I was 14. The guy's younger than I am. You know, that's just not fair."

But the best was yet to come.

Sophomore Matt Slaninka, 7-3, 230-pounder, entered in the game in the fourth period -- and right after him, 6-9, 225-pound sophomore Andre Scott.

The damage already had been done, however, by the smaller Stags, particularly 6-4 junior Keith Bogans, who finished with 25 points -- among them three second-quarter slam dunks -- to go with five rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Leading only 19-12 after one period, DeMatha (7-0) broke the game open with a 23-point second period for a 42-26 halftime lead, and was up 66-40 after a 24-point third period.

Bogans was a one-man highlight reel, particularly in scoring six of his nine points of the second period off ferocious slams. Bogans dunked the ball twice off alley-oop passes from senior Daryl Green (12 points, nine rebounds, six assists). His third slam was a one-hander after a mid-court steal.

"What'd he [Bogans] have, like 15 dunks on us? He's got to be one of the best juniors in the country," said Loyola guard Reggie Gray, who had 18 points, seven rebounds and two steals.

Bogans' junior teammate Joe Forte (6-3) had a couple of three-pointers in the second period and finished with 15 points, four each in rebounds and blocks and seven assists.

Gray, 6-5, 200-pound teammate Brian Cosgrove (15 points, four assists, four rebounds) and Michael Bosiuca (13 points) had kept the game close in the first period, when Loyola (3-3) enjoyed short-lived leads of 2-0 and 4-3.

"They had the bigger guys, the quicker guys, the better athletes, the deeper bench and just overpowered us," Cosgrove said. "But playing them was a great opportunity for us. We got out there, played hard, hustled the whole time. That's mainly what we wanted to do. This'll help us in our [Catholic] league in the long run."

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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