Spalding bounces back, 70-50

No. 5 Cavaliers regain 1st by beating Calvert Hall

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 13, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It can be said that the worst time to play the Archbishop Spalding boys basketball team is after it has lost a game.

Spalding lost at Mount St. Joseph, 71-62, on Sunday and fell out of first place by a half-game behind Calvert Hall in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic A Conference.

The Cardinals invaded Spalding's gym in Severn last night and the host Cavaliers regained first by a half-game with a rousing 70-50 victory.

A strong second half in the paint by the Cavs' 6-foot-11 junior Will Bowers (15 points, 10 boards and four blocked shots) and 6-6 Gus Durr (six points, five rebounds and two blocks) propelled the victors.

It was the fifth time after a loss this season that the No. 5 Cavaliers (24-5) won their next game. Spalding (12-3 league) will be regular-season champion if it wins at home Sunday over Cardinal Gibbons.

No. 6 Calvert Hall (21-7) slipped to 11-3 in the league and has games with Mount St. Joe and Towson Catholic left. If the Hall wins both, they would tie Spalding at 13-3, but Spalding would be champion and top seed for next week's tournament by virtue of going 2-0 against Calvert Hall this season.

"It's the mark of a championship team that we have bounced back after every loss this season, " said Spalding coach Mike Glick.

Last night, the Cardinals broke from tradition and started with a 2-3 zone rather than their pressure man-to-man, and the teams stayed within two to three points of each other in the first half. It was 10-10 after the first period and Spalding held a 24-23 lead at the break.

With Calvert Hall shooting only two-of-14 from the floor in the third period - one of the field goals a three by Gary Neal (team-high 18 points) - it was outscored 19-8. Spalding hit 7-for-13 shots and closed the quarter with a 10-0 run for a 43-31 lead.

Guard Landy Thompson pumped in a pair of threes in the third. He lit it up for 11 points in the final eight minutes to finish with a game-high 22 points while the big men .

"The key was going big and inserting Gus [Durr] into the lineup with a box-and-one, and we drove inside and got a lot of blocks and rebounds that led to a lot of transition buckets, " said Glick.

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