Spalding rebounds, topples Calvert Hall No. 5 Cavaliers win battle of boards in 78-64 victory

High Schools

Boys basketball

January 19, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

To make a serious run at the Catholic League title, contenders have to avoid losing streaks and know how to bounce back from a tough loss.

It's all new to first-year member Archbishop Spalding, but the young Cavaliers are learning fast.

Yesterday afternoon at Leach Fieldhouse in Severn, the No. 5 Cavaliers defeated No. 13 Calvert Hall, 78-64, to bounce back from their first league loss.

Spalding had to overcome 32 points by Calvert Hall's 6-foot-3 junior Reggie Bryant, who sank 15 of 20 free-throw attempts while the rest of the team was 2-for-5 at the line.

Spalding (13-7, 4-1) dropped a 50-42 decision at defending champion and seventh-ranked St. Frances on Friday.

The Cavaliers faced a similar challenge yesterday in Calvert Hall (10-8, 1-4), which had just won its first league game Friday over No. 8 Mount St. Joseph.

The Cavs passed the test by shooting 51 percent (29-for-57) from the floor, getting 58 points from their starters and 20 from their bench. A majority of the Spalding points came in its play above the rim, out-rebounding the Cardinals, 36-23, including 15-7 on the offensive end.

"It's a great win coming off of Friday night," said Spalding coach Tony Martin. "Calvert Hall is a very good team and yes, our quality depth means a lot. We respond very well and that's a sign of a team maturing. Although we're young [five underclassmen start and two more come off the bench], we've learned to get through difficult situations."

Tremaine Robinson led three sophomores in double digits with 22 points and three steals, and Darren Johnson added 12 points and eight rebounds. Point guard Derrick Snowden had 11 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Derrick Goode, Spalding's 7-foot junior center, scored eight points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots. Goode was coming off a 12-point, 14-rebound effort against St. Frances.

"The key is for Derrick not to get frustrated and he has played extremely well for the last five, six games," said Martin. "Today he didn't get the same amount of touches he usually does."

Calvert Hall held Goode scoreless in the first period, but couldn't stop Robinson, who scored seven points to give Spalding an 18-11 lead.

The Cavs maintained their seven-point lead (41-34) at halftime.

Six points by Bryant propelled an 8-2 run for the Cardinals to start the third period. A pair of technical free throws by Bryant with 5: 31 left in the third made it a 43-41 game. But when Bryant was fouled about a minute later, the scoreboard lights went out.

Bryant sank the back end of two to cut it to 43-42, but the brief delay seemed to distract the Cardinals as Spalding went on a 7-0 run on a bucket by Jon Bents, a three by Robinson and a slam from Goode. Calvert Hall finished the period hitting only three of 13 from the floor.

Spalding took a 55-44 lead into the final period, but the Hall cut it to 57-51 before a finger roll by Snowden pushed it back to 59-51. Calvert Hall got within 59-52, but never got any closer the rest of the way.

No. 4 Towson Catholic 62, St. Maria Goretti 61: The Gaels missed a free throw with two seconds left to allow the host Owls to come away with the win. Todd Sykes had a game-high 19 points for the Owls, and Keith Jennifer added 16.

Cardinal Gibbons 71, Loyola 66: The Crusaders (11-7, 2-3) trailed by one point with 1: 29 left in the game when senior Brandon Jones hit a three-pointer to put Gibbons up for good against the host Dons (7-11, 1-4).

Jones led all scorers with 32 points and sophomore Gil Goodrich added 14 points. Senior Brian Cosgrove led Loyola with 20.

Wrestling

A 2-1 overtime upset win by Brian Lewis (160) over top-ranked Mike Schaal sparked a match-closing five-bout sweep and No. 7 Gilman (18-1) got pins from Terrence Yoon (119), Elliott Wiley (215) and Mike Faust (Hwt) to defeat No. 5 Mount St. Joseph (11-2) for third place in the weekend's St. Benedict's New Jersey Duals Tournament.

Pub Date: 1/19/98

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