Spalding fouls up St. Joe bid, 58-49

No. 3 Cavs use 8 straight free throws to pull away

Boys basketball

January 12, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was there for the taking in Severn last night, but the purple and cream of Mount St. Joseph went home empty-handed as Archbishop Spalding took a 58-49 decision in Catholic League action.

The host and third-ranked Cavaliers (9-6, 2-1 Catholic League) sank eight consecutive free throws in the final minute to pull away from a 50-49 lead over the No. 11 Gaels (11-4 1-2).

Spalding's All-Metro point guard Derrick Snowden tossed in the first four crucial foul shots after missing three in a row, and Chris Ravello and Cory Hudson followed with two each. In between the Gaels missed shots.

Mount St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey had laid out a very simple game plan for his players, but they fulfilled only 50 percent.

"We told the kids before the game that the keys were to take care of the ball and compete on the boards," said Clatchey. "We were right there, but their athleticism and quickness was the difference."

The Gaels dominated the boards, 37-23, with 6-foot-6 junior center Kevin Mickens hauling in 11 rebounds and 5-10 guard J.J. Outlaw, who scored a dozen, grabbing six. Several late turnovers coupled with missed shots off good looks hurt the Gaels severely in the last three minutes.

Spalding got seven rebounds from 6-4 All-Metro swingman Tremaine Robinson (16 points, three monster dunks) and Snowden, who had a game-high 23 points, had five.

With leading rebounder Darren "Batman" Johnson in street clothes after surgery for a cyst on his forehead, Spalding managed only seven offensive rebounds, but 41 percent shooting (20-for-49) from the floor saved the Cavs, despite a dreadful second period when they hit only five of 17.

Mickens, who led the Gaels with 20 points, dominated in the paint and nine of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

The biggest lead never hit double figures. The final margin of victory matched Spalding's one other nine-point lead, 48-39 with just over four minutes left.

St. Joe then went on a 7-0 run on a slam by Mickens, a three by Tracey Bowers and a basket by Outlaw to narrow the margin to 48-46 with 2: 30 left. Ravello (seven points) drove the lane to make it 50-46 Spalding with 2: 00 to go.

Snowden then missed three in a row from the line with a three-point play by Mickens sandwiched in between to make it 50-49 with 1: 17 left, setting up Spalding's final free-throw spree.

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