Last-minute free throws propel Spalding in S.C.

Cavs top Ga. team, 62-55

long shot beats McDonogh

Boys basketball

December 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Archbishop Spalding made seven of eight free throws in the final minute to defeat Landmark Christian of Fairburn, Ga., 62-55, in the first round of the 23rd Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., last night.

Spalding (7-0) will play Edgewater of Orlando, Fla., ranked No. 25 by USA Today, at 10:15 tonight in the tournament's quarterfinals. Edgewater was an 80-56 winner over Calhoun County (S.C.) last night.

Spalding guard Jesse Brooks, who had 10 of his 12 points in the second half, sank three of four from the line down the stretch. Justin Castleberry hit the last four three throws to seal it.

Rudy Gay, a 6-foot-9, 215-pounder, had a game-high 22 points for the No. 5 Cavaliers and grabbed seven rebounds. Gay scored 14 of his points in the first half as the Cavs took a 32-24 lead at the break.

Tournament of Champions

Potomac (Va.) 72, No. 10 McDonogh 70: Senior guard Bryan Butler connected from just inside the half-court line as time expired to give Potomac the victory over the Eagles in the tournament's first round at Lake Braddock High in Dumfries, Va.

McDonogh (5-4) trailed 69-67 before junior Tony Lott drove the lane and converted a three-point play with 3.1 seconds to put the Eagles up by one. But the Panthers, ranked 14th in the Washington area, were able to inbound the ball to half court and set up Butler's heroics.

McDonogh got 21 points and 12 rebonds from sophomore DaJuan Summers.

J.T. Bogle Invitational

No. 8 Glen Burnie 65, Edgewood 48: Senior center Branden Albert had 18 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Mitch Guest had a game-high 20 points to lead the host Gophers to the easy win and a spot in today's title game against DuVal, a 78-62 winner over Arundel in the tournament's other semifinal. Edgewood hit just 14 of 34 free throws.

Riverdale Baptist

Northwestern (P.G.) 61, No. 15 Towson Catholic 44: Northwestern pulled past the Owls (4-3) in the second half.

Non-tournament

No. 4 Mount St. Joseph 84, Perry Hall 52: The Gaels (8-1) got 19 points from senior forward Will Thomas and 16 from senior guard L.J. Mack.

Jimmy Higgins and Jeff Sanders scored 11 each for the Gators (1-6).

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