Owls are tough on road, beat Calvert Hall Towson Catholic accurate at foul line in 66-58 win

Boys basketball

January 10, 1998|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The paths of two teams seemingly headed in opposite directions intersected last night at Calvert Hall.

The Cardinals, who dropped five spots to No. 13 in The Sun's metro poll after last Sunday's loss to lower-ranked Gilman, were hoping the home crowd and a four-day layoff would help them reverse their slide and secure their first Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference victory.

Towson Catholic climbed five places in Top 20 after upsetting then-No. 4 Mount St. Joseph in their Catholic League opener on Sunday, and the Owls were anxious to prove they were worthy of their No. 5 ranking.

Calvert Hall will have to wait.

Towson Catholic put the Cardinals' recovery hopes on hold by hitting all eight of its foul shots in the final minute and escaping with a 66-58 victory.

Senior forward Todd Sykes led the Owls with 20 points and nine rebounds, and Deone Carter and Lafonte Johnson chipped in 13 and 12 points, respectively, as Towson Catholic improved to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in both the Catholic League and the A Conference.

"I knew Calvert Hall would make a run at us, and they did," said Owls coach Mike Daniel, who saw his team's 15-point second-quarter lead shrink to five late in the third quarter. "We talked all week about responding to pressure and pulling out a win on the road, and I thought our team showed character and staying power down the stretch."

Calvert Hall (9-6), which has dropped five of its last six games, was lucky to escape the first half down by only 11. During that period, the Cardinals were out-rebounded 13-3 and shot 7-for-28.

Reggie Bryant, who led all scorers with 27 points, pulled the Cardinals to within five late in the third quarter by hitting both ends of a one-and-one. It was as close as the Cards got.

Towson Catholic helped the Cardinals conserve the clock by committing some unnecessary fouls in the waning minutes, but Calvert Hall failed to capitalize. Calvert Hall's attempt to foul its way back in the game failed, too, as Johnson hit all six of his free throws and Carter hit both of his.

"We're a very young team, but in the Catholic League, you have to get old in a hurry," said Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci, whose team must now get ready for No. 4 St. Frances. "I thought we took a step in the right direction tonight and started playing the way Calvert Hall teams are noted for playing. But you can't give a team two or three shots each time down the floor and expect to win."

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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