Dixon, Spalding cut down No. 1 Mount St. Joe's, 58-56

Gaels' 19-game win streak terminated by Cavaliers

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 12, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Lawrence Dixon made sure the overflow crowd last night at Archbishop Spalding will long remember the final game at the school's old gym - a thrilling 58-56 upset of top-ranked Mount St. Joseph on senior night that ended the Gaels' 19-game winning streak.

Dixon's three-point play with 31 seconds remaining gave the Cavaliers their final margin of victory and gave him a game-high 25 points. At the other end, Dixon blocked a shot by Louis Birdsong with 15 seconds left that would have tied the game.

"I knew Brian [Johnson, Mount St. Joseph point guard] was going to the basket to dish off to Louis," said Dixon, who is headed for Holy Cross.

"They've been doing it all season, so I just helped out on Birdsong and tried to get a deflection.We've been working on finishing games [the Cavs have lost eight of 10 in the final seconds] and credit to coach Mike Glick for putting us in a position to win."

After Johnson missed a pair of free throws with four seconds left, Dixon grabbed the rebound, his 10th of the game, and the Cavs held on for the win in the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

The unranked Cavs (20-10 overall) had lost seven in a row to the Gaels (25-2) over the last three seasons, with nearly every game going down to the last possession.

"That was Dixon's best game since he's been in our program," said Glick, whose team will move into a new gym next year that will hold twice as many fans (1,600) as the old one. "This win should help us going into the A Conference and Catholic League playoffs."

"There aren't college rivalries like the one we have with them," said Mount St. Joe's coach Pat Clatchey, whose team is in first place in both leagues and can clinch its third straight BCL regular-season title with a win in one of its last two games - at home Sunday against No. 6 Towson Catholic or at No. 12 Calvert Hall on Tuesday.

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