Bowers leads Spalding to 3rd place in Ohio tourney

Maryland-bound center scores 23 in 68-60 win over Houston school

High Schools

Boys basketball

January 21, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team took third place in the First Flyin' to the Hoop National Holiday Invitational Tournament with a 68-60 victory over Heritage Christian High of Houston in Dayton, Ohio, yesterday.

Will Bowers led the No. 6 Cavaliers (14-4) with game-high totals of 23 points and 10 rebounds. The 7-foot center, who has signed with the University of Maryland, was 11-for-13 in free-throw attempts.

Rudy Gay scored 17 points and had seven rebounds for the victors, and point guard Jesse Brooks chipped in 11 points and six assists.

"Those three had great games, and Dave Douglas played phenomenal defense on Vaughn Waver of Heritage Christian," said Spalding coach Mike Glick.

"Waver is a top 15 player in the nation and is going to Florida State and had 17 points, but Dave contained him. The kids did a great job bouncing back emotionally after a tough defeat [Sunday]."

Spalding dropped a 48-45 decision in the semifinals to Our Savior American High School (N.Y.) on Sunday.

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