Mt. St. Joe captures 10th in row

No. 4 Gaels get 45-40 win over No. 14 Calvert Hall

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 25, 2003|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the second time in a week, the Mount St. Joseph boys basketball team cracked Calvert Hall's defensive game plan and won, 45-40, in a key Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game last night in Towson.

The victory extends the No. 4 Gaels' winning streak to 10 games. Mount St. Joseph (18-2 overall, 8-1 league) defeated No. 14 Calvert Hall on Jan. 17 at home, 58-41.

"This is a gut-check game," said Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey. "Anytime you go on the road in the Catholic League, you know it is going to be a battle."

The Gaels leaned on senior Keon Lattimore (11 points) and 6-foot-7 junior Will Thomas (nine points) late in the game to secure the victory.

"Every league game from here on out is like a championship game," Lattimore said. "We have to come out fighting. We are No. 1 in the league."

Junior Leroy Mack came off the bench for Mount St. Joseph and scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the second half.

"Leroy Mack just came through large for us," Clatchey said. "That guy has been doing it for us all year long. We don't give out game balls that often, but he got one tonight."

Calvert Hall (12-8, 3-5), held scoreless for close to six minutes in the fourth quarter, pulled to within 41-40 off senior Jack McClinton's second three-pointer with a minute left to play. That was McClinton's (14 points) only basket in the second half.

The Gaels iced the game with a layup and free throws, while the Cardinals missed several shots and were called for a costly traveling violation in the waning seconds.

"We had our opportunities, but we didn't convert," said Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci. "The biggest factor in the game was offensive rebounding. They just wore us down. In the fourth quarter they had a lot of second and third looks [at the basket]."

The Gaels took an early 9-4 lead in the first quarter but suffered a scoring drought of their own as the Cardinals went on a 13-0 run. Calvert Hall junior center Maurice Martin threw in two of his 11 points with 6:15 left in the half to give the Cardinals their biggest lead of the game, 21-11.

In the third quarter, the Gaels took back the lead after being behind for more than 17 minutes on Lattimore's layup. Cardinals senior guard Demetrick Phillips (15 points) drained his third three-pointer with one second left in the quarter to give Calvert Hall its final lead, 33-32.

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