Spalding reaches final, tops Roman Cath. by 12

Cavs, final goal in sight, to face DeMatha for title

Alhambra Tournament

High Schools

March 18, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

FROSTBURG -- Just the way they planned it -- so far.

After winning the consolation bracket last year in its inaugural tournament appearance, third-ranked Archbishop Spalding earned the chance last night to play for the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament boys basketball championship and complete a four-year plan.

Spalding (25-10) advanced to the 40th Alhambra final with its 10th straight win, 55-43, beating Philadelphia's No. 1-ranked Roman Catholic (24-6).

Villanova-bound point guard Derrick Snowden scored 19 points and Isaac Brooks had 12 to lead the Cavaliers, who took a 47-40 lead with four minutes left and were not seriously threatened afterward.

The Cavaliers, who have won 15 of their last 17, will play Hyattsville's DeMatha (27-5), the defending tourney champion and 16-time winner, for the title at 8: 15 tonight at Frostburg State University.

With Billy Edelin scoring a game-high 28 points and 6-10 junior Jordan Collins scoring 20 and pulling in 10 rebounds, DeMatha routed Philadelphia's St. John Neumann (25-5) in the yesterday's other semifinal, 80-62. This is DeMatha's 31st tournament appearance; the Stags have competed annually since 1976.

Former coach Tony Martin built Spalding's program around Snowden and Tremaine Robinson four years ago. Martin lifted the Cavs from obscurity to prominence, and now coach Mike Glick is seeing it through.

"Before the season, we made winning the Alhambra our third and final goal after the Baltimore Catholic League regular season and tournament titles. And now we're there," said Glick, whose Cavaliers can do it in style with a win over DeMatha. A win will make Spalding just the fourth Baltimore-area team to win the Alhambra. St. Frances was the last in 1996, with Towson Catholic (1962) and Calvert Hall (1982) the others.

Earlier yesterday, No. 4-ranked Towson Catholic (29-10) advanced to today's 4: 45 p.m. consolation championship by routing host Bishop Walsh (17-14), of Cumberland, 75-53.

Towson Catholic will meet Salt Lake City's Judge Memorial for the consolation title.

The Owls' Jason Osborne, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound center who is putting up All-Tournament numbers, had game-high totals of 25 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots.

Osborne, who transferred from nationally ranked Rice (N.Y.) to Towson Catholic for his senior year and to live with his mother, has 43 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks in two games.

Posting up aggressively, Osborne has made 18 of 21 shots from beneath the basket and is 7-of-9 at the line.

The Owls, who lost a tough 56-55 decision to Philadelphia's St. John Neumann on Thursday, had three other players in double figures.

Senior Keith Jenifer, considered to be the nation's top unsigned guard, had a double double -- 15 points and 10 assists -- plus two steals and two rebounds. Aaron Early and sophomore Darnell Hopkins scored 10 each, and sophomore Carmelo Anthony scored six and had six rebounds.

Bishop Walsh was led by Nebojsa Bogdanovic's 21 points and by Eric Perlozzo, the sophomore son of Orioles third-base coach Sam Perlozzo. Eric scored six points and had four assists.

Judge Memorial (18-8) was a big winner, 71-52, over St. John's-Washington (21-11) yesterday, pulling away to a 43-31 lead in the third period and breezing home.

Winner of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference over DeMatha this season, St. John's apparently did not recover from Thursday's 58-47 first-round loss to Spalding.

(Box scores, 11C)

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