Owls put on shooting show No. 4 Towson Catholic bounces Gibbons, 77-63

January 17, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Host Cardinal Gibbons went into last night's Catholic League game with the idea of forcing Towson Catholic to shoot from the outside.

What the Crusaders didn't account for, however, was the Owls' ability to make those shots.

Fourth-ranked Towson Catholic shot 67 percent from the field, ,, pulling away in the second half for a 77-63 win over the 19th-ranked Crusaders.

"To be honest, I thought if we could make them shoot the ball from the outside that we had a chance to win the game," said Cardinal Gibbons coach Bryan Moorhouse. "They just shot the lights out."

Led by guards Deone Carter and Keith Jenifer (each with 18 points) and forward Todd Sykes (16), the Owls (10-3 overall, 4-0 in the league) were patient on offense and rarely settled for poor shots.

Once they had them, they more often than not converted, including numerous layups and seven three-pointers.

"We've been doing a lot of shooting in practice the last couple days, and it looks like it worked," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel. "We've got good team chemistry, with a lot of guys who want to get each other easy shots."

The guard-oriented Crusaders (11-8, 1-3) stayed close for much of the way by hitting 12 three-pointers, including five from guard Charles Franz (15 points) and four from guard Gil Goodrich (17). Guard Brandon Jones also had 16.

Paced by a pair of layups each by Laphonte Johnson and Jenifer, the Owls ran out to a 15-6 lead in the game's first 4: 04. Towson Catholic dominated during the stretch, making five of its first six shots and out-rebounding the Crusaders, 7-1.

Led by its dangerous outside shooting, however, Cardinal Gibbons quickly made a game of it. Franz's third three-pointer of the quarter cut the lead to 16-13.

Later, after Towson Catholic had built its lead back up to 10, a 15-footer and three-pointer by Gibbons' Brandon Jones made it 27-22 with 5: 15 left before halftime.

But The Owls pulled away throughout the second half, building their lead to as much as 15.

Daniel attributes his players' offensive discipline to experience.

"Some of these guys I've had two and three years, so they pretty much know what I want," said Daniel. "So far it's paying off."

Pub Date: 1/17/98

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