Spalding routs Towson Cath., 70-53

Snowden sparks Cavaliers to Catholic League title

Boys basketball

February 23, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

All-Metro point guard Derrick Snowden showed why Baltimore Catholic League coaches voted him the circuit's Player of the Year as he led No. 6 ranked Archbishop Spalding to a 70-53 romp over No. 5 Towson Catholic in a playoff for the regular-season title last night at Mount St. Joseph High.

Snowden had game-high totals of 22 points and five assists. The four-year starter was 12-for-13 from the line and the Cavaliers were 32-for-38 from the line, including 18-for-20 in the final period.

More importantly, the 6-foot Snowden guarded Towson Catholic standout guard Keith Jenifer for the first time in three meetings, holding the 6-2 senior to a season-low nine points, just two in the second half.

"We were holding something in the bag of tricks that we can pull out for the playoffs," said Glick, whose Cavs held Jenifer to 39 points in three games while Snowden scored 59 points. "Derrick played a phenomenal game."

Glick also got Tremaine Robinson more involved offensively. After scoring only 17 points in the first two games against the Owls, Robinson bagged 16 last night.

Towson Catholic was led by 13 points each from Darnell Hopkins and Carmelo Anthony. Jason Osborne added 11 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots.

In winning the first regular-season playoff game since 1989 and the fourth overall in the 29-year history of the BCL, Spalding (20-10) claimed its first league championship over defending champion Towson Catholic (26-9).

The Cavaliers won the postseason tournament last season in their second year in the league and are now 4-2 against the Owls over the last two seasons. Spalding and Towson Catholic have now split their regular-season games two years in a row, but the Cavs took last year's rubber match, 69-46, in the Alhambra Invitational consolation final.

The Cavaliers have the top seed in the BCL tournament at Goucher College, opening Friday against No. 8 seed Loyola, while No. 2 seed Towson Catholic plays Cardinal Gibbons.

"This is the way to go into the tournament," said Glick whose team won six games in nine days to clinch the title while Towson Catholic lost four games over the same stretch.

"We've had a very demanding schedule and wanted to get hot in February and we're hot as can be right now. But you can't overlook anybody this league."

Snowden has inspired the Cavs' late-season surge and continued that play last night. Scoring 16 of his points in second half, the Villanova-bound Snowden enabled the Cavs to pull away from a 23-23 first-half tie to a nine-point lead after three periods.

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