No. 7 McDonogh upends 5th-ranked Calvert Hall

Lunn's 27, including late foul shots, spark 53-48 win

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 05, 2000|By Lowell E. Sunderland | Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF

David Lunn, seventh-ranked McDonogh's do-everything guard, was all smiles after the Eagles' 53-48 upset of No. 5 Calvert Hall in a boys basketball game in Towson last night.

During the game, though, the 6-foot-5 senior was all business, scoring 27 points from the perimeter, on drives to the basket, and critically, three times from the free-throw line in the waning seconds. And was the victory ever sweet.

"I took this game real personal," Lunn said after his team's first win in four seasons against Calvert Hall -- which he turned down to attend McDonogh. "It meant a lot to me -- and to us -- to win this one in my senior year."

He was referring especially to three senior teammates who remembered those earlier losses, too: Jay Mayes, T. C. Cosby and Eric King.

The 27-point performance was Lunn's third visit to the upper 20s this winter for McDonogh (8-4) as it nears trying for a third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title.

Lunn may have led all scorers, but he had lots of help during a second-quarter defensive blitz that grappled, jostled and ran Calvert Hall (7-5) into too deep a hole to overcome, a 34-22 deficit at halftime.

The Eagles' ball-hawking, pressure defense forced 20 turnovers in the first half, 13 in the second quarter.

The Eagles put up 14 points off the errors, 11 in the second quarter, when Calvert Hall scored twice from the field.

The second half was much more of a defensive struggle, although in the final quarter, the hustling Cardinals steadily cut McDonogh's lead to four points with 1: 56 left.

But then Lunn, who had scored 19 in the first half, saved the victory, halting a scrambling, 13-2 run by Calvert Hall with two free throws with 1: 18 left and another with 34 seconds till the end.

"We got really tired trying to beat their pressure in the last quarter, and we couldn't finish," said McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan. "But we had a great scouting report on them."

He attributed the win heavily to consistently out-rebounding Calvert Hall and, to a lesser extent, defending the Cardinals' 6-1 senior guard Jared Woodley, who nevertheless scored 20, a dozen during the second-half rally.

"McDonogh was really physical and took the game to us," said Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci. "Our Achilles' heel is not taking care of the ball. McDonogh was more aggressive in the first half, picking up the loose balls. We didn't really start digging into it until the third quarter."

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.