Towson Catholic in BCL semis

Owls upset Calvert Hall without Hopkins, 50-47

Boys basketball roundup

High Schools

February 23, 2002|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Matt Stevenson has since turned things around since missing a potential game-winning layup last month against Dunbar.

Last night, Stevenson helped lift the Towson Catholic boys basketball team to a 50-47 upset victory over No. 7 Calvert Hall in the quarterfinals of the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament at Goucher College.

In a rematch of last year's final, Towson Catholic (9-21) will meet St. Maria Goretti in the semifinals at 5 p.m. tomorrow. The defending champion Goretti defeated Cardinal Gibbons, 61-37.

No. 4 Spalding advanced to the semifinals with a 67-44 rout of Loyola. The Cavaliers will play No. 6 Mount St. Joseph, a 56-45 winner over No. 11 McDonogh, at 6:45 p.m.

Stevenson, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, connected on five three-pointers to share game-high honors with sophomore teammate Jamal Smith with 17 points. Senior guard Gary Neal led Calvert Hall (22-9) with 12 points and junior Vince Delaney added 11.

"I've been feeling it lately," said Stevenson, who was a second-team All-BCL choice. "The last game I think I hit four or five. In practice, I've just been shooting. I don't know, my shot has been on."

The Owls gained a 48-47 lead on a free throw by Byron Joynes with 34 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Jack McClinton missed a jumper for Calvert Hall and Towson Catholic regained possession with eight seconds left.

With seven seconds to play, Owls freshman Carroll Mitchell converted two free throws -- his only points of the game -- for a three-point margin. A three-pointer by Dwayne Birden fell short at the buzzer for the Cardinals, the tourney's No. 2 seed.

Towson Catholic didn't have leading scorer Darnell Hopkins, who was suspended for last night's game after being ejected Sunday in the regular-season finale against Calvert Hall. Owls coach Mike Daniel said a decision on Hopkins' status for the rest of the tournament will be made by BCL officials today.

With Hopkins on the bench and riding a nine-game losing streak in league competition, Towson Catholic pulled off the surprise of the quarterfinals. The Owls, The Sun's preseason No. 1, have struggled all winter with inconsistency and youth.

"I'm just real happy for the kids," said Daniel, whose team's last league win was Jan. 22 against Gibbons. "My young guys have been struggling all year and stepped up big in his [Hopkins'] absence."

No. 6 Mount St. Joseph 56, No. 11 McDonogh 45: J.J. Outlaw scored a game-high 22 as the Gaels (24-7) beat the Eagles (17-10) to run their winning streak to 10.

Holding a 42-41 lead in the final quarter, Mount St. Joseph outscored the Eagles 14-4 the rest of the way.

Senior center Jaz Cowan led McDonogh, making its first BCL tournament appearance, with 20 points. Kyle Connor had 10 for Mount St. Joseph, which won all three meetings from McDonogh this season.

No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 67, Loyola 44: Will Bowers scored a game-high 18 points as the top-seeded Cavaliers (26-5) completed a season sweep of the Dons (13-19).

A first-team All-BCL choice, Bowers spearheaded a strong performance by the Spalding frontcourt. Forwards Cory Hudson and Gus Dorr each contributed 10 points, shooting a combined 9-for-16 while Bowers was 8-for-11. Marcus Frisby led Loyola with 10.

St. Maria Goretti 61, Cardinal Gibbons 37: Derek Davis scored 21 and Matt Tanner added 13, leading the Gaels (22-10) past the Crusaders (15-19).

Davis had 15 in the opening half as the Hagerstown team opened a 33-15 halftime lead. Tanner, the BCL Player of the Year, contributed 10 for the defending tournament champion.

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