Spalding looks for Alhambra icing

Joining Towson Catholic, it seeks cap to tasty year

High Schools

March 16, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

One goal is left for Archbishop Spalding's third-ranked boys basketball team as it opens the 40th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament against St. John's of D.C. tonight at Frostburg State.

The Cavaliers (23-10) and No. 4 Towson Catholic (28-9) qualified together for the second straight year after finishing 1-2, respectively, in the Baltimore Catholic League regular season and tournament.

Towson Catholic faces St. John Neumann of Pennsylvania, a team that lost by two to national power Roman Catholic in the Philadelphia Catholic League final.

Spalding's opponent, St. John's, is ranked No. 6 in the D.C. area and is 21-9 after losing to top-ranked Spingarn, 83-73, in the D.C. city title game.

St. John's defeated 16-time Alhambra champion DeMatha (25-5), 61-59, to win the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, but the Stags are back in Frostburg to defend their championship.

The Alhambra offers Spalding and Towson Catholic the chance of a fifth meeting this season since they are in separate brackets. Each lost the first day last year, but won the next and on the third day, Spalding took the consolation bracket, beating Towson Catholic, 69-46.

"Our kids set three goals and the last one [after winning the Catholic League titles] is to win the Alhambra," said Mike Glick, in his first year as Spalding coach.

Glick coached Pallotti in its only appearance in the Alhambra two years ago, losing a 66-62 decision to DeMatha in the final.

The Cavs will be led by four-year starters Derrick Snowden and Tremaine Robinson.

Snowden, a 6-foot point guard bound for Villanova, averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 assists and was Catholic League season and tournament MVP.

Robinson, a strong 6-4, 200-pound swingman, averaged 13.7 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Owls coach Mike Daniel said he "was surprised" they were invited for the third straight year.

"I'm tired and my players are tired after 37 games which will never happen again," said Daniel. "But of course, you know the kids, they're always looking for one more game and this should be fun for them."

The Owls are led by two-time All-Baltimore City/County guard Keith Jenifer and 6-8, 250-pound center Jason Osborne.

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