At line, Spalding draws up victory

Cavs hit 14 foul shots in 4th to top Mt. St. Joseph, 67-61

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 14, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Archbishop Spalding boys basketball team overcame visiting Mount St. Joseph's torrid second-half shooting by hitting 14 of 16 free throws in the final quarter to post a 67-61 victory yesterday in Severn.

The third-ranked Cavaliers (16-3) finished the game 22-for-26 at the foul line, compared with 6-for-19 for No. 10 Mount St. Joseph.

"It was our best performance of the season at the line," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, whose team went to 5-1 in the combined Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

"Our foul shooting, which has been up and down, was the difference in the game. It was imperative we make our foul shots because they didn't miss in the second half."

Mount St. Joseph (10-6, 2-4 BCL-MIAA), which has dropped three in a row and four of the past five, stayed in the game by shooting 11-for-22 from three-point range.

Will Bowers, the Cavs' 6-foot-11 junior, scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the second quarter, when Spalding built a 19-point lead.

Then came the Gaels' threes. Five of them came in the third quarter when they turned a 32-21 halftime deficit into a 43-40 lead to start the fourth. Keon Lattimore normally doesn't shoot threes, but he hit two along with Corey Copeland. J.J. Outlaw (13 points) hit the fifth.

"When we lost the big lead, and it was dead quiet in our gym. I thought we were in deep trouble," Glick said.

Glick focused a zone defense on Lattimore to start the fourth quarter, and Landy Thompson got hot, hitting a three to give Spalding the lead for good at 44-43. The Cavalier scored eight of his 11 points in a two-minute stretch.

With two minutes left, the Gaels made another run as Kyle O'Connor, Outlaw and Copeland hit threes to cut a nine-point deficit to four. But Spalding kept hitting their foul shots.

No. 6 Calvert Hall 64, Loyola 46: Dwayne Birden (game-high 26 points) and Gary Neal (18) scored 23 points in a 24-11 fourth-quarter run as the host Cardinals (15-3, 5-0) defeated the Dons (7-8, 1-5).

Chris Clunie led Loyola with 16 points, and Marcus Frisby added 12.

St. Maria Goretti 52, Cardinal Gibbons 35: Matt Tanner scored 18 and Derrick Davis added 12 as the host Gaels (9-7, 3-3) led from start to finish against the Crusaders (9-9, 1-3).

Dwight Dean led Cardinal Gibbons with 17 points.

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