Carroll Christian falls, 79-76

Potomac tourney next for Westminster school

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February 22, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The combination of inside dominance and outside accuracy yesterday turned host Carroll Christian inside-out in the opening round of the Maryland Association of Christian Schools tournament.

Calvary center Reggie Daum scored a game-high 30 points and the Knights hit 10 of 17 three-pointers, including the final six in a row, in handing the Westminster school a 79-76 loss.

"We just couldn't stop them," Carroll Christian coach Roger Wood said. "We tried to double down on the big guy, then the other guys didn't miss. They're the best shooting team we play."

Despite the loss, Carroll Christian (15-7) will host an opening-round game in the Potomac Christian Athletic Conference tournament, a regional invitational, against CHEN, on Monday.

Trailing by one, Calvary (9-12) won the game at the foul line, with Daum and Nathan Bodkin each hitting both of their free throws in the final 30 seconds.

Led by Daum, Mike Collins (19), Nathan Bodkin (14) and Craig Broome (14), Calvary shot 57 percent from the field, including 15 of 20 in the second half.

Still, the Patriots stayed within striking distance, using pressure defense to rally from 10 down early in the fourth quarter to pull within 1, then taking their first lead of the second half, 76-75, on Greg Mason's layup with 43 seconds left.

After the Knights regained the lead at the foul line, the Patriots couldn't convert either of two scoring chances in the final seconds, with Ben Stringham's short jumper for the lead blocked away by Daum and, moments later, Mason's off-balance jumper at the buzzer missing the mark.

Joshua Buchman led the Patriots with 23 points, including 18 in the second half. Stringham finished with 21 and Mason 18.

Though the Patriots tried a number of defensive matchups against Daum, the Knights' ability to hit perimeter jumpers rendered each ineffective.

"That was really big. As long as we hit those threes, they had to go out and guard us. Then I got the open post," said Daum, who at 6-4 towered over the Patriots.

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