Mount St. Joseph, Spalding set for Alhambra tourney

Area teams could meet by winning first 2 games

High Schools

March 18, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph and No. 2 Archbishop Spalding open tonight in the 44th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State.

The metro area's top two teams would meet only in the final of the championship round if each wins its first two games.

Led by Baltimore Catholic League tournament Most Valuable Player Will Thomas, BCL champion St. Joe (28-4) opens at 5:45 tonight against Roman Catholic (20-8) of Philadelphia.

BCL runner-up Spalding (27-7) and Rudy Gay, the regular-season BCL MVP and McDonald's All-American, follow at 7.30 against last year's runner-up and USA Today's 20th-ranked team, St. Joseph's Prep of Philadelphia.

Coached by former college coach Speedy Morris, St. Joseph's Prep (25-3) repeated as the Philadelphia Catholic League champion.

O'Connell (27-4) of Arlington, Va., The Washington Post's 11th-ranked team and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference champion, is the Alhambra defending champion.

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