Mount St. Joe beats Calvert Hall at buzzer

Johnson's basket spoils Cards' comeback, 53-51

Spalding rolls in opener

Catholic League tournament

High Schools

February 26, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A rather hesitant, 10-foot jumper by junior Marcus Johnson at the buzzer saved the game for Mount St. Joseph, which beat Calvert Hall, 53-51, yesterday in the opening round of the 29th Baltimore Catholic League tournament at Goucher College in Towson.

Johnson's game-winning shot came after the fifth-seeded Gaels (22-9) held a 15-point lead late in the third period only to have the fourth-seeded Cardinals come roaring back to tie.

Fifteenth-ranked Mount St. Joseph (22-9) meets defending tournament champion and top seed Archbishop Spalding in tomorrow's second semifinal at 6: 45 p.m.

The sixth-ranked Cavaliers (21-10) rolled to victory in their quarterfinal game against eighth-seeded Loyola, beating the Dons, 54-26.

Second seed and No. 5-ranked Towson Catholic (27-9) advanced with a 64-57 win over Cardinal Gibbons (14-15).

The Owls play the other semifinal, against St. Frances at 5 p.m.

Eighth-ranked and third-seeded St. Frances (19-8) defeated St. Maria Goretti of Hagerstown, 59-49, in the second quarterfinal of the day.

Mount St. Joseph 53, Calvert Hall 51: Johnson's game-winner spoiled a great comeback by the No. 10 Cardinals, who trailed 31-15 at halftime.

St. Joe had a 41-26 lead with 2: 26 left in the third, but the Cardinals' Del Randall, who scored eight points, started a 14-2 run that finished with Jarod Woodley's three-pointer that cut the deficit to 43-40 with 5: 22 left.

Calvert Hall sophomore Pierre Jones' basket underneath made it 51-48, with 1: 37 left. Another three by Woodley, who had a game-high 18 points, brought the Cards all the way back, at 51-51 with 50 seconds left.

"Yes, we let a big lead get away after a great first half, but Calvert Hall always plays hard and doesn't give up," said Pat Clatchey, coach of the Mount, the only one of the eight teams in the league never to have won the BCL regular-season or tournament championship.

An offensive charge against Outlaw with 27 seconds left gave Calvert Hall the ball. After a timeout, Woodley brought the ball down for a potential game-winning shot, but he lost control of the ball and the Gaels took over with 14 seconds left.

Mount St. Joseph raced down the other end and Outlaw passed to Johnson on the wing and the latter won it.

"J. J. Outlaw got the ball to me and we almost had a breakdown on the play, but I jab-stepped and took the shot," said Johnson who finished with eight points.

Archbishop Spalding 54, Loyola 26: Sixth-ranked Spalding raced out early on the Dons (7-23), taking a 16-7 lead after the first eight minutes and 25-12 at the half.

Tremaine "Showtime" Robinson (three assists), who was a second All-League choice and had a game-high 14 points, scored the first six Cavalier points, and eight of the first 11 in the opening period. The Cavaliers, who did not take a free throw, never trailed.

"I think we set the tone and the tempo for the tournament with our intensity and defense," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, who had nine players score.

Towson Catholic 64, Gibbons 57: The Owls got 22 points from sophomore Darnell Hopkins, 15 from Jason Osborne, 13 from first-team All-League guard Keith Jenifer and 12 points from Carmelo Anthony to eliminate the Crusaders, who gave them a scare the last time they met, in the regular season.

Last night, the Owls pulled away gradually after taking a 27-24 lead into the break.

Mitchell Brown led Gibbons with 18 points.

St. Frances 59, St. Maria Goretti 49: All-Catholic League first-teamer, 6-foot-5 senior Tim Payne scored a game-high 22 points for the Panthers.

Down by eight (28-20) at the half, the sixth-seeded Gaels (17-19) got within four points twice in the final period, the last by 44-40 with six minutes left.

The Panthers then went on a 6-0 run on baskets by Lamont Hardy (nine points), Payne and Tavon McCoy (15 points) to go up 50-40 with 2: 20 left.

With the victory, St. Frances avenged a late-season 56-51 loss at Goretti and took two out of three on the season from the Gaels.

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