Spalding upsets Gaels to score another Catholic League win Snowden tough in clutch as Cavs squeak by, 66-61

Boys basketball

January 10, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A sophomore just isn't supposed to act this way, but Derrick Snowden loves the pressure of being a point guard.

Snowden scored four points and came up with two crucial rebounds in the final minute last night as No. 12-ranked Archbishop Spalding upset No. 6 Mount St. Joseph, 66-61, in front of a packed house in Irvington.

Winning coach Tony Martin praised Snowden's poise under fire saying, "He's growing up, and to put a sophomore in the position of running the show at this level of play is asking an awful lot."

But Snowden replied: "I love the pressure. It's like going out in my backyard and playing. I don't really feel it. We can't get too confident at 3-0 because somebody might knock us off."

Snowden also had six boards and two steals.

The victory left upstart Spalding 3-0 in the Baltimore Catholic League with the Gaels (13-3) slipping to 0-2. This is the Cavaliers' first year in the league, and this week they have defeated Loyola, Cardinal Gibbons and now the Gaels.

Host St. Joe took the lead, 56-55, for the first time with just over four minutes to go when Torrey Butler, who led the Gaels with 15 points, hit a jumper from the corner.

But Spalding (11-5) regained the lead, 57-56, on a lay-in by 7-footer Derrick Goode (15 points, six boards, two blocks), and after a St. Joe miss, 6-8 Jon Bents went inside to give the Cavs a 59-56 margin.

Sean Johnson, St. Joe's 6-7 junior who had 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, sank a pair of free throws to cut it to 59-58. Snowden then ignited the decisive 7-0 run with a basket.

St. Joe turned it back over with 2: 05 left, but got a break when Goode missed a lay-up. At the other end, the Gaels missed two shots and ended up putting the Cavs' James Bowen (11 points) on the line after his jumper made it 63-58.

Bowen missed a chance at a three-point play, but St. Joe again missed an opportunity, missing two shots.

Snowden was fouled, hit the front end of one-and-one to make it 64-58 with 1: 09 left, and had his miss come back to him.

Bowen was fouled with the Gaels' Johnson grabbing the rebound and taking it down to the other end, where Butler missed from the outside. Snowden scarfed up the carom and was fouled with 14 seconds to go.

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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