Late 3-point play lifts Towson Catholic, 52-51

Calvert Hall misses last shot in seesaw game

Boys basketball

January 10, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In a league in which a five-point victory falls into the category of being a blowout, Towson Catholic and Calvert Hall staged a typical Catholic League contest yesterday.

Trading baskets, free throws, steals, fouls, rebounds and floor burns nearly every second of the way from a 20-20 tie midway through the second period, Towson Catholic ultimately got the victory, 52-51, on a driving basket and three-point play by senior Keith Jenifer.

It came on the wings of a similar maneuver by Jared Woodley, who had boosted the home-standing Cardinals from a one-point deficit into a 51-49 lead just seconds before.

Calvert Hall had time to set up something for a good shot at victory, but the unrelenting Owls defense forced a desperate heave from about 25 feet that missed.

"That's the kind of game we always seem to play against Calvert Hall," Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel said. "We love playing against these guys. The players know there's never any letup and, when you play a Mark Amatucci-coached team, you know you're going to have to coach overtime yourself."

Trailing 20-11 two minutes into the second period, Calvert Hall ran off the next nine points to square matters. Anything beyond a two-point lead was a rarity thereafter.

An inadvertent elbow to the head temporarily sent Jenifer to the bench in the third quarter, but Jason Osbourne stepped up for the Owls. He dominated inside and led his team to a 41-37 lead after the period.

Meanwhile, Calvert Hall relied on Woodley, who finished with a trio of three-pointers, Del Randall, who had a big game at both ends of the court, and a dogged defense.

Calvert Hall pulled even at 41 two minutes into the fourth period and, three minutes later, went ahead 48-45 before getting a big blocked shot by Dwayne Birden.

Towson Catholic, however, roared back into the lead with Jenifer using his inside man, Osbourne, expertly.

Jenifer led all scorers with 18 points, while Osbourne had 14 and Carmelo Anthony 10 for the victors. Woodley and Randall had 13 apiece for Calvert Hall, which lost its fourth straight game and fell to 7-7. Towson Catholic improved to 10-4.

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