Spalding fades in 2nd half, bows, 71-49 3rd-quarter burst breaks a 1-point game wide open

Charm City Classic

January 31, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

St. Raymond's, of New York City, broke up a close game with a hot-shooting third period and coasted to a 71-49 victory over Archbishop Spalding in the seventh Charm City Classic's opener at Towson University yesterday.

The win put the Ravens (10-5) in the Southeast bracket championship game against Towson Catholic at 7: 15 p.m. tonight. Sixth-ranked Spalding (13-10) will play in the Southeast consolation at 3: 45 p.m.

Majestic Mapp, a junior guard for St. Raymond's, scored 11 of his game-high 27 points in succession at the start of the third period as the Ravens turned their 32-31 halftime lead into a 53-41 advantage to start the final eight minutes.

"I told Majestic he had to step it up in the second half," said Ravens coach Gary DeCesare, who had dismissed 6-foot-11 St. John's University-bound Ernest Brown before the team left New York. "He was able to get by their guards and penetrate in the lane and knock down easy jumpers."

Mapp, a 6-footer whose brother, Scientific Mapp, plays at Florida A&M, had seven points in the first half. He started his barrage with a three-pointer to give the Ravens a 39-33 lead. By the end of his personal run, St. Raymond's still had a six-point lead, 47-41.

A put-back by 6-6 junior Karl Nickerson, who had 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, and a pair of buckets by Vohn Hunter xTC made it 53-41, St. Raymond's. Hunter, a 6-3 guard headed to Texas, finished with 24 points.

St. Raymond's pulled away in the final period as Mapp hit a two-pointer and made seven of 10 free-throw attempts.

Spalding's Chris Masters, who led his team with 16 points, made the front end of a one-and-one with just over four minutes left to cut the Ravens' lead to 60-49. But Masters missed the second shot, just as point guard Derrick Snowden (five points, five assists, four rebounds) had done seconds before on a two-shot foul.

"Right there, we had a chance to get back in the game [and] to get their lead in single digits," said Spalding coach Tony Martin. "They are a very good team and very physical, and I think that took its toll on us."

The Cavs did not stop the Ravens defensively and missed good-looking shots twice, as well. St. Raymond's didn't miss, however, putting the game away with scores on its next three possessions.

Hunter scored, Mapp made a reverse layup, and Nickerson went over the Cavs' 7-foot junior Derrick Goode (eight points, team-high nine rebounds) to make it 66-49 with 3: 00 to go.

Pub Date: 1/31/98

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