McDonogh hangs on, tops Spalding

Summers leads Eagles in MIAA A quarterfinal

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 17, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

McDonogh's DaJuan Summers scored a game-high 32 points, and rebounding by guard Brandon Giles was crucial as the host Eagles defeated Archbishop Spalding, 64-62, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal last night.

No. 5 McDonogh led from start to finish, but the No. 10 Cavaliers got within four points twice in the last 30 seconds and outscored the Eagles by 28-19 in the final period.

Spalding's Marquis Sullivan, who scored a team-high 20 points, 11 in the final period, hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to end the scoring.

Giles scored only two points, but the senior guard's game-high nine rebounds, all on the defensive end, were huge. Spalding got few second shots, mainly because of Giles, and was out-rebounded 19-6 on its offensive side and 26-13 overall.

"My teammates blocked out well, and I saw the ball and attacked it," said Giles of his career-best total in the Eagles' third win over Spalding this season. "We had a lot of guys step up tonight."

McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan echoed Giles' remarks, citing bench players who "didn't get into the game but [in practice] got our starters ready to play."

Joe Yermal and Tony Lott contributed key baskets and rebounds, along with Brandon Herbert, who had 10 points for the third-seeded Eagles (22-5). They play in tomorrow's 5 p.m. semifinal at Villa Julie College against No. 6 Towson Catholic (22-7), the second seed.

Top seed and top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (26-2) will play the winner of tonight's No. 12 Calvert Hall (21-11) at St. Frances (15-14) quarterfinal.

Spalding (21-11) will wait for the start of next weekend's Baltimore Catholic League Tournament at Loyola College. The Cavaliers had won the A Conference three times, most of any team, since joining it in 1995.

Besides another explosive game by the 6-foot-9 Summers, who also had five rebounds and two blocks and was called by Spalding coach Mike Glick "as good as any big man in the state," the Cavaliers dug a hole in the first half.

Summers said the Eagles' defense warranted credit because "it's been our bread and butter - our defensive man-to-man."

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