No. 8 Gibbons uses late rally to edge Lansdowne for title

St. Frances wins in OT in McDonald's semifinals

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December 31, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Eighth-ranked Cardinal Gibbons overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to win the championship of the Ray Mullis Invitational, 75-72, over No. 17 Lansdowne.

Leon Williams capped a big fourth quarter for Gibbons, in which the host Crusaders outscored the Vikings 25-14. Williams made the first of two free throws to put Gibbons up 73-72, then hit a layup with 7.8 seconds left after the Crusaders (10-2) grabbed the rebound off his missed second attempt.

Ken Hasbrouck scored 20 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to help the rally. Williams finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. John Jarobe and Barry Cordish each scored 26 for Lansdowne, which dropped to 4-1.

McDonald's Classic

No. 1 St. Frances 75, Sam Houston (Texas) 73: In their second game of the day, the Panthers rallied from seven points down in the fourth quarter and won in overtime to reach the tournament finals in College Station, Texas.

Darnell Harris hit a three-pointer with 90 seconds to play, which put St. Frances (11-1) up by two. It proved to be the final score of the game. Earlier, the Panthers defeated Victoria Memorial of Texas, 64-51.

Beach Ball Classic

No. 5 Archbishop Spalding 64, Dudley (N.C.) 53: The Cavaliers bounced back from a loss to one nationally ranked team with a victory over another in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Rudy Gay led Spalding (8-1) with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks, as the Cavaliers finished in fifth place by downing Dudley - ranked No. 20 in the USA Today poll - two days after dropping a 66-54 decision to No. 25 Edgewater of Florida.

Point guard Jesse Brooks had 12 assists for Spalding, which won two of its three games in the tournament.

Bristow Tournament

Southwestern 56, Gilman 40: Junior guard Richard Myers grabbed tournament Most Valuable Player honors with a 25-point performance, as the Sabres (3-4) defeated host Gilman to win the championship.

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