Spalding takes down Calvert Hall

Second quarter does in No. 6 Cardinals, 49-46

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 26, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A rough second quarter came back to haunt Calvert Hall as the No. 6 Cardinals came up short in a 49-46 loss to No. 2 Archbishop Spalding last night in Towson.

Spalding (18-3, 7-1) took over first place in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference by a half-game over Calvert Hall (17-5, 6-1).

Sophomore Jesse Brooks, the only Cavalier in double figures with 11 points, sank two from the free-throw line with seven seconds left to give the visitors some breathing room. Calvert Hall missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game as time ran out.

"I thought the key to the game was our run in the second quarter. The last three minutes was the difference in the ballgame," Spalding coach Mike Glick said.

"It gave us a margin we could work with. Calvert Hall's defense in the second half was fantastic. They rattled us, but we fought through adversity down the stretch."

After a 6-6 first quarter with the shooting on both sides deplorable - Spalding 2-for-14 and Calvert Hall 3-for-12 - the Cavs picked it up in the second quarter, hitting seven of 14 shots.

A 10-2 run in the last three minutes featured the last five points by Matt Hazen, who finished with eight. That sent Spalding to the break leading 24-15.

Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci agreed with Glick that the second quarter's last three minutes were crucial to the outcome, as well as a superb defensive effort by Spalding's Landy Thompson on high-scoring Gary Neal.

"I'm always up to the challenge and heard he is one of the best in the area," said Thompson, who held Neal to 11 points. "If I score, I score, but I just come to win and do whatever it takes to win."

Said Amatucci: "We have a box-and-one we've been running for three or four years, and we came out to start the game like we have never run it before.

"That's major problem No. 1. The other is that we worked against their spread offense and, again, it looked like we had no idea what we were going to do. We get down by nine and now we have to play catch-up the rest of the game."

Neither team was surprised by the other's strategy.

"Our guys were not focused enough in preparation [practice], and that's what happened to us tonight," Amatucci said.

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