Charles, St. Frances edge past T. Catholic Guard scores 20, handing No. 3 Owls first league loss

High Schools

January 26, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

At the beginning of the season, St. Frances coach William Wells wanted Demetrius Charles to be his shooting guard. But the 5-foot-10 senior wanted to be the playmaker so Wells gave in to Charles' wishes and the guard has proven his point.

Charles scored a game-high 20 points, leading visiting No. 4 St. Frances to a 59-56 victory over No. 3 Towson Catholic in a Catholic League contest yesterday.

Sophomore forward Tim Payne added 14 points for St. Frances (10-4, 5-2) and David Manigault scored 11. Lafonte Johnson led Towson Catholic (12-4, 6-1) with 15 points.

It was the first loss in league play for the Owls, who stayed in first place despite the setback, remaining ahead of St. Frances and St. Maria Goretti (5-2 league record).

Charles' layup with 15 seconds remaining in the game gave the Panthers a 59-56 lead and Towson Catholic called timeout with 12 seconds left. A final opportunity to tie failed as Steve Johnson had the ball knocked away on a three-point attempt.

"Coach [Wells] just told us to put the Gibbons game behind us and everybody give a 150 percent effort," said Charles, whose team was upset by Gibbons on Friday. "We just had to go out there and play hard from start to finish."

Charles carried St. Frances late in third quarter and into the fourth, scoring 10 consecutive points including back-to-back three-pointers to help the Panthers build a 53-48 lead.

Steve Johnson brought Towson Catholic even at 53 with 2: 18 remaining on a layup. Payne gave St. Frances the lead back at 55-53 with a basket off a rebound.

It was 55-54 after Todd Sykes hit one of two free throws, but the Owls center fouled out seconds later, leading to two free throws by Shawn Hampton (10 points, seven rebounds).

Keith Jennifer hit a floater to pull Towson Catholic to 57-56 with a minute left in the game, then forced a St. Frances turnover. But the Panthers' defense came up with a steal, leading to Charles' layup.

"We were hurt by not having my top scorers [Jennifer and Sykes] playing the way they are capable," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel, "but we didn't come out as focused as we've been in previous games."

Catholic League roundup

St. Maria Goretti 55, No. 5 Spalding 47: The Gaels shot 16 free throws and outscored the Cavaliers, 23-6, in the fourth quarter after trailing by nine.

Spalding dropped to 13-9. Brad Runkles had a game-high 14 points and 11 rebounds for Goretti.

Loyola 64, No. 13 Calvert Hall 56: The visiting Dons (8-12, 2-5) led from the opening tip and recorded an upset victory over the Cardinals (10-10, 1-6).

Senior Brian Cosgrove scored a game-high 21 points and senior Reggie Gray added 18 for Loyola. Junior Reggie Bryant led Calvert Hall with 20.

No. 14 Mount St. Joseph 73, Gibbons 53: Torrey Butler had a game-high 24 points as the Gaels (15-6) defeated the host Crusaders.

B. J. Romanowski added 14 points for Mount St. Joseph, which led by six at halftime before outscoring Gibbons, 34-22, in the second half. Gil Goodrich and Jared Silberzahn each scored 14 for Gibbons.

Pub Date: 1/26/98

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