McDonogh could be moved up from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference to the A tier starting next season. It probably wouldn't be missed too much by its B Conference basketball rivals.
The No. 3 Eagles completed another tear to the championship, routing Severn, 62-44, last evening at Gilman's Finney Athletic Center.
The C Conference title went to Beth Tfiloh, a 60-59 winner over Friends last night at Gilman. No. 6 Spalding won the A title by virtue of its victory over No. 5 Towson Catholic in a playoff Tuesday that also decided the Catholic League regular-season champion.
The Eagles (24-5) claimed their third consecutive title as senior All-Met swingman David Lunn and 6-foot-7 junior Nathan Eads each scored 22 points. Bayne Brown led Severn with 12 points.
Lunn, headed to Delaware next season, took charge in the third quarter for McDonogh, scoring 10 of his team's 18 points, turning a tight contest at halftime into another easy triumph.
In winning its eighth consecutive game, McDonogh again went undefeated against B Conference foes, winning by an average of 24 points. The Eagles' only loss since the start of the new year came at then-No. 1 Towson Catholic (68-61) earlier this month.
Lunn and senior teammates Eric King, Jay Mayes, T.C. Cosby, Kevin Smith, Kyle Jacobe and Scott Dolch helped the Owings Mills school to a 69-12 mark the last three seasons.
"We don't have a lot of shooters, but we have a lot of heart and play defense, that's how we win games," said Lunn. "We're not a fancy team."
Against a strong and physical Severn team which provided the only sort of resistance to McDonogh during the regular season, the Eagles turned on its quickness.Lunn finished with 14 points in the second half.
"We did OK in the first half. We played decent defense," said Severn coach David Hooks. "We gave up too many second shots and maybe we could've had a little bit of a lead to cushion some of the blow in the second half."
After losing twice to Friends during the regular season, Beth Tfiloh got the one that counted, winning the C Conference title for the school's first basketball championship.
Aaron Hollander led Beth Tfiloh (17-7) with 20 points and Yoni Rosenblatt added 11. Junior guard Kyle Harrison led Friends (19-9) with 20 points.
Rosenblatt, a 6-2 senior, made three free throws in the final 14 seconds to preserve the title after the Quakers had cut an 18-point second-half deficit to one with 24 seconds remaining.
"We took our game to another level and refuse to give an inch," Beth Tfiloh coach Stan Lustman said. "This team is like family, and they've taken it one step further, which is what we needed."
4A East: Derek Hardin had 10 points to power Arundel over Broadneck, 55-39. Justin Roach and Joey Iarossi combined for 19 points.
Justin Rice led C. Milton Wright with 16 points (11 in the fourth quarter) in a 51-42 victory over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel.
2A East: Freshman center Chris Bassler scored 16 points to spark visiting Francis Scott Key (7-15) over Blake (0-23), 67-51.
Maryland Association of Christian Schools Tournament: Ken Case recorded 28 points, 15 rebounds and seven steals and the senior guard went on to earn tournament MVP honors as Calvary Baptist (24-1) beat Elkton Christian, 66-53.
Maryland Association of Christian Schools Tournament: Junior forward Rose Beale had 22 points and 11 rebounds and senior center Jen Collins added 22 points and 12 rebounds as Harford Christian (22-3) defeated Carroll Christian (12-7), 71-37.
Pub Date: 2/27/00