Spalding steps past Gibbons, 81-66 Snowden leads with 20

Cavaliers improve to 10-5

Boys basketball

January 07, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The meteoric rise of Archbishop Spalding's team has left some opposing coaches scratching their heads this season and others questioning the Cavaliers' aggressive recruiting tactics.

Add Cardinal Gibbons coach Bryan Moorhouse to both lists.

No. 12 Spalding, a team that hasn't missed a beat since making the giant leap from the less-competitive MIAA C Conference to the A Conference, gained more momentum last night as it downed the visiting, 15th-ranked Crusaders, 81-66, in a key A Conference and Catholic League tilt.

Sophomore guard Derrick Snowden slashed his way through Gibbons' defense and finished with a team-high 20 points. Junior guard Chris Masters added 15 points, 10 of them coming in the second half, and sophomore swingman Tremaine Robinson and 7-foot center Derrick Goode chipped in 12 points each for the Cavaliers (10-5), who remained unbeaten through their first two Catholic League and A Conference games.

"When you get a lot of transfers in like Spalding has, you can turn a program around pretty quickly," said Moorhouse, whose team was coming off Sunday's upset over then-No. 8 Calvert Hall. "They brought a lot of transfers in, and I'm not sure that's the right way to go, but that's what they've done."

The Cavaliers, who defeated Loyola two days earlier in their Catholic League opener, made their presence known in the first quarter when Masters blocked a shot and fed Robinson for a breakaway dunk and an eventual three-point play that put Spalding ahead 8-7 with 3: 24. The Cavaliers never trailed thereafter.

Spalding led 16-9 after the first quarter and scored 11 straight points to start the second, claiming a 27-9 lead. Robinson highlighted the run with a steal and quick pass to Snowden who then set him up for the dunk with an alley-oop pass.

Four three-pointers, two by senior guard Brandon Jones, and a 4-for-4 effort at the foul line enabled the Crusaders to cut the halftime margin to 10.

Spalding upped the lead to 16 early in the third quarter when Snowden beat his man to the baseline for an uncontested layup.

"Gibbons is a good shooting team and they hit some shots to hang around," said Spalding second-year coach Tony Martin, a former assistant coach at Gibbons.

Gibbons, which was paced by lightning-quick guard Gil Goodrich (21 points), cut the lead to five on two occasions in the fourth quarter before Spalding connected on 8 of 10 foul shots down the stretch to ice it.

Pub Date: 1/07/98

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