Riverdale Baptist answered at the foul line in the final period to thwart Towson Catholic's comeback bid as the host Crusaders won their tournament, 57-49, last night in Upper Marlboro.
The Riverdale Baptist Holiday Classic final matched the No. 3 boys basketball teams in Baltimore and Washington, with each team unbeaten. The Crusaders ran their record to 13-0, and the Owls slipped to 11-1.
Javon Borum, a sophomore guard, made five of six from the foul line in the final minute as the Owls came from 14 points down (52-38) with 1:42 left. Three-pointers by Wendell Jones and Carroll Mitchell cut the Owls' deficit to 56-49 with 30 seconds left, but they got no closer.
Riverdale Baptist hit 10 of 14 free throws in the last four minutes to secure the win.
"They hit their shots, but we were definitely in the game and I love these guys," coach Mike Daniel said of his young team that got a combined 23 points from sophomores Malcolm Delaney and Donte' Greene.
"We're coming and we grew up in this tournament against a very talented team."
Sophomore guard Nolan Smith, the tournament MVP, had a game-high 18 points for the Crusaders, who defeated No. 5 Archbishop Spalding, 66-53, earlier this season.
Mount St. Joseph 61, Mount Hebron 41: Courtney Thomas led the top-ranked Gaels (9-1) over the Vikings in the Mount St. Joseph Tournament with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Wolven paced Mount Hebron with 11 points and was 2-for-2 from three- point range. Mount St. Joseph will play Pallotti in the championship game today.
Randallstown 65, Lake Clifton 47: The Rams (8-0) won the game by forfeit in the Lion's Pride Tournaemnt at Howard High after Lakers coach Herman Harried pulled his team from the floor to protest a technical foul called on one of his players. Dominic Venable led the Rams with 11 points and 12 rebounds and was named tournament most valuable player.
No. 9 Aberdeen 77, Notre Dame Academy (Va.) 73: Seven-foot center Robbie Jackson had 25 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the host Eagles (3-2) in the Aberdeen Tournament.
Riverdale Baptist 74, No. 1 Arundel 50: After the Wildcats cut a 12-point, second-half deficit to 46-43 with 6:12 to play, the defending IAABO Tournament champ Crusaders of Prince George's County closed out the game with a 28-7 run to win in the tournament's semifinal round at Prince George's Community College in Largo.
The Crusaders (15-1) face Theodore Roosevelt of Washington in the final.
Severn 65, Northeast 20: Sarah Meisenberg scored 25 points to become the Admirals' all-time leading scorer with 1,452 points.