Benched Bowers rises, Cavs beat McDonogh

Maryland-bound center scores 13

Spalding hands Eagles 1st league loss, 57-48

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 11, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding coach Mike Glick lit a fire under Will Bowers and the 7-footer took care of the inside while sharpshooter Tim Brackney lit up the outside as the host Cavaliers dealt McDonogh its first league loss, 57-48, in Severn last night.

Bowers didn't start for the first time since his sophomore year. "It was a wakeup call because I've been playing bad lately and my coach hasn't liked my attitude," he said.

Bowers scored a team-high 13 points off the bench, had eight rebounds and three blocks.

Brackney hit three three-pointers and had 12 points and Jesse Brooks chipped in 11.

No. 9 McDonogh (12-2) was led by Mike Popoko's 16 points, but never got in sync offensively and was out-rebounded 24-14.

"We were a little bit impatient," said McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan. "We were behind most of the game and I think our kids tried to force the tempo."

The Eagles fell to 5-1 in the combined Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, leaving fifth-ranked St. Frances (11-1, 3-0) as the league's only unbeaten team.

With the win, No. 5 Spalding (11-3) is tied for third at 5-2.

Bowers learned Thursday that he wasn't going to start and responded with a big first half, scoring 12 points.

"Yeah, I really felt I had something to prove," said Bowers, who sat the first five minutes.

Spalding's three-guard offense of Brooks, Brackney and Matt Latonick was very effective in thwarting McDonogh's comeback after the Cavaliers jumped out to a 32-21 halftime lead.

The Eagles got within three points twice late in the third period.

But Rudy Gay from the corner, Gus Durr inside and a Brackney three pushed the Cavaliers' lead back up to 51-39 early in the final period.

In the second half, Bowers, who is headed to Maryland on a scholarship, scored only one point from the foul line, but despite four fouls grabbed five of his eight rebounds.

"We tried to send a message to Will and he responded like a man," Glick said. "We're trying to get Will ready to play at Maryland and at that level you have to be ready to play every time you step on the court."

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