Spalding tops St. John's

TC falls by 1

Cavaliers offset rare call

Owls miss late chances

Alhambra Tournament

High Schools

March 17, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

FROSTBURG -- With a combined 36 points from Derrick Snowden and Tremaine Robinson, the heart and soul of Archbishop Spalding boys basketball for four seasons, the third-ranked Cavaliers defeated Washington's St. John's, 58-47, in the 40th annual Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State last night.

In an earlier first-round game, No. 4 Towson Catholic missed several opportunities in the final minute in a 56-55 loss to Philadelphia's St. John Neumann.

Spalding will play Philadelphia's Roman Catholic, the nation's top-ranked high school team, in one semifinal at 9: 15 tonight.

Neumann will face Hyattsville's DeMatha, another winner yesterday and now 75-16 with 16 titles in 31 tournament appearances, including every year since 1976, in the opening semifinal at 7: 30 p.m.

A rare referee's decision, as well as Robinson leading all scorers with 20 points, marked Spalding's win. Snowden, the Cavs' point guard and two-time Anne Arundel County Player of the Year, scored 16 to go with six assists.

The unusual call occurred when the Cavaliers, who led 23-19 at the half, straggled onto the floor, where St. John's players awaited the third-quarter start.

The official placed the ball on the floor at midcourt. But the alert Snowden, sprinting, picked it up and called timeout to save his team.

The Cavaliers (24-10) turned the tiff into a 9-0 run, and St. John's (21-10) never got closer than seven points.

In Towson Catholic's game, Owls sophomore Carmelo Anthony (five points, four assists, three steals) missed a short jumper with two Pirates on him in the paint as time ran out.

Jason Osborne, who led Towson Catholic (28-10) with 18 points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots, grabbed the rebound in his lap but couldn't shoot before the buzzer.

"We had the ball under our basket with four seconds left, and you're supposed to win in that situation," said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel, whose team also lost, 67-61, to Neumann (25-4) during the regular season. "They had to foul us, but no fouls were called. What can you do?"

Towson Catholic, trailing 56-53, missed four shots with 1: 07 remaining. With 22 seconds left, the Owls' Darnell Hopkins was awarded two points for what nearly was a trey.

Roman Catholic (24-5), last year's Alhambra runner-up, survived hot three-point shooting late by Salt Lake City's Judge Memorial to win, 50-47.

Towson Catholic meets Cumberland's Bishop Walsh in a consolation semifinal at 4 p.m. today. Bishop Walsh (17-13) was humbled, 95-61, by defending champion DeMatha (26-5), which got 27 points from junior William Edelin.

DeMatha, runner-up in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference to St. John's, jumped to a 26-9 lead in the first eight minutes and led 56-25 at the break.

The championship game will be played at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

St. John Neumann 56, Towson Cath. 55

TOWSON CATHOLIC -- Jenifer 10, Hopkins 10, Anthony 5, Osborne 18, Early 3, Joynes 7. Totals: 24 4-7 55

ST. JOHN NEUMANN -- Bailey 11, Crawford 18, Bridgman 4, Taylor 11, Fletcher 12. Totals: 20 9-10 56. Half: N 30-29.

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