St. Paul's spreads scoring, puts away St. Mary's, 54-46

Crusaders stay unbeaten in `B' despite Perry's 28

Boys basketball

High schools

January 08, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

St. Paul's balanced scoring overcame a marvelous individual effort by St. Mary's Marcus Perry in an important Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game yesterday in Brooklandville.

The host Crusaders pulled away late to defeat the visiting Saints, 54-46, in a matchup between the last two unbeaten teams in the conference.

Holden Plack led three St. Paul's players in double figures with 22 points as the No. 15 Crusaders (8-3), the defending champions, ran their B Conference record to 4-0.

Ray Brown chipped in 11 points, Jason Caldwell had 10 and Qwenton Gill added nine for the victors.

No. 19 St. Mary's (11-4) fell to 4-1 in the conference despite a game-high and career-high 28 points by Perry.

The Saints trailed 46-44 with 3:41 left after a put-back by Jeff Postell, who had nine points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots.

But St. Mary's made only one field goal the rest of the way, failing to capitalize on St. Paul's shoddy 3-for-8 performance from the line in the final 1:28.

The Saints were a woeful 4-for-17 from the field in the final period, with Perry hitting three of the shots. A couple of clutch rebounds late from Scott Dozier, who had only one point but a game-high 10 rebounds, kept the Saints from getting second shots.

"I just wanted to be me more aggressive out there," said Perry, whose last field goal made it 51-46 St. Paul's with 1:19 left.

"It was kind of a big game and I wanted to get my teammates involved, but once I got on a roll I wanted to emphasize scoring. We get them at our house the next time and we'll see what happens. I think we're just as good as them. We're the two best teams."

Six of the nine teams in the conference make the playoffs, and the higher seeds gain home-court advantage.

Because of a scheduling conflict at St. Mary's, the game was moved to St. Paul's on Sunday night. The second meeting between the teams, on Feb. 4, will be played at 6 p.m. at St. Mary's.

Perry, a 6-foot-2 senior swingman, led the Saints out of the gate as if it were their house. Perry, who also had five rebounds and five steals in the game, scored 10 points in the first period as St. Mary's took an 18-11 lead.

The 6-8 Plack, who has signed with Towson University, scored six of his eight first-half points in the second period to cut the Crusaders' deficit to 24-23 at the half.

Plack, who scored 10 of his points on 10- to 15-foot jumpers, had two jumpers and eight points in the third period as St. Paul's took a 40-37 lead.

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