Spalding rallies to again top Owls, complete rare double

Brooks' 11 2nd-half points help drop T. Catholic, 48-41, add tourney to season title

Boys Catholic League championship

High Schools

February 29, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

If there was any doubt as to who has the best team in the Baltimore Catholic League, Archbishop Spalding's Cavaliers proved they are by completing a sweep of league honors last night at Goucher College.

The No. 6 Cavaliers (23-10) outlasted No. 5 Towson Catholic, 48-41, in the final of the 29th BCL Tournament to cop their second title in a row and third win in four tries against Towson Catholic (28-9) this season.

Tremaine Robinson, who is headed to Towson, had a game-high 20 points for the victors and was named All-Tournament. Villanova-bound point guard Derrick Snowden, the BCL regular-season MVP, repeated as tournament MVP.

Also, Isaac Brooks scored all 11 of his points in the second half (eight in the final period) for the winners while Darren "Batman" Johnson posted a game-high 11 rebounds, 10 on the defensive end. As a result the Cavs held a 21-5 edge on the boards when the Owls were on offense.

Snowden tossed in 13 points, had five boards, four assists and three steals and for the second game in a row collared the Owls' high-scoring Keith Jenifer.

Snowden held Jenifer to four points through 30 minutes and the latter finished with a season-low eight points, four coming in the last 14 seconds with Spalding leading 48-37.

"It feels great to win this again," said Snowden. "We're used to playing them [Owls], kinda tired of playing them, but we knew what we had to do."

Spalding, which gains an automatic bid to the prestigious Alhambra Invitational in Cumberland in mid-March, also won the regular-season title, beating the Owls in a playoff, 70-53.

The Cavs are the first to pull the double since St. Frances with Mark Karcher, now a star at Temple, turned the trick in 1997.

"It's difficult to play a team that good a fourth time in the same season," said Spalding coach Mike Glick.

"We ended up winning nine games in 15 days to pull this off and I'm really proud of this team."

Glick inherited a powerhouse built by Tony Martin, who stepped down after last season.

"I didn't feel any pressure when I took over because of the players and my assistant Ralph Burley," said Glick, who removed each of his starters individually to the cheers of their fans in the last 26 seconds.

"I give all the credit to Ralph for making the adjustment so smooth, and once I was accepted, it was a great bunch of kids to be around every day."

Glick's Cavaliers came smoking out of the gate last night, taking a 9-1 lead with Robinson scoring all nine points.

Snowden scored his first four points and Spalding had a 15-8 lead at the end of the first period before losing its touch in the second period, going 1-for-9.

Sophomore Darnell Hopkins and 6-foot-8, 250-pound center Jason Osborne ignited a 15-2 second period for the Owls, who took a 23-17 lead to the break.

Hopkins, who with Osborne was named All-Tournament, led the Owls with 13 points.

A rejuvenated Spalding took charge in the third quarter, outscoring the Owls 15-7 to take a 32-30 lead. Brooks' jumper started a 10-0 run in the last period as the Cavs took command.

Other All-Tournament choices were J.J. Outlaw (Mount St. Joe) and Tim Payne (St. Frances).

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