At 28-2, Mount St. Joe earns top BCL seeding

Tourney at Loyola College starts today, ends Tuesday

Boys basketball notebook

High Schools

February 26, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph is favored to win the 34th Baltimore Catholic League basketball tournament that opens today with four quarterfinal games at Loyola College.

Commissioner Jack Degele said the BCL tournament, which will continue tomorrow with semifinals at 5:15 p.m. and 7, and Tuesday night with the final at 7, changed venues from Goucher to Loyola "to accommodate more fans."

The Gaels (28-2), who will play Cardinal Gibbons (13-17) today at 5:15, are attempting to become the fifth team in BCL history to win three straight tournament titles. Mount St. Joe drew the top seed by winning its third consecutive regular-season title.

But several teams are capable of breaking the Gaels' streak.

Seventh-ranked Towson Catholic (22-8), No. 12 Archbishop Spalding (21-11) and No. 14 Calvert Hall (22-12) each has a shot, as does streaky but talented St. Frances (15-15).

Spalding dealt the Gaels their only regular-season loss, 58-56, and the others played Mount St. Joseph tough.

Honor roll

Pat Clatchey, who is in his 13th season as Mount St. Joseph's coach, has been selected by his peers as the winner of the O. Ray Mullis Award as BCL Coach of the Year for a fourth consecutive season.

Guards Brian Johnson of Mount St. Joseph and Ricky Harris of Calvert Hall shared the BCL Jerry Savage Player of the Year award.

Parkville a threat

If Parkville wins at home tonight (7) in a 4A North region first-round game against Kenwood, a team it defeated in the regular season, the Knights will travel to No. 4 Southwestern (20-3) on Monday.

Veteran coach Rod Norris' Parkville team is not to be taken lightly.

After starting the season ranked No. 15, the Knights (16-6) lost their first two games but have come on strong, with swingmen Kevin Palmer (18.0 points per game) and Kenny Perry (16.0) leading the way.

"It took the kids about two months to get used to me and to do things the way I want them done," said Norris, who left Dulaney to become Parkville's fourth coach in four years.

April spotlight

The fifth Charm City Challenge is set for Sunday, April 10, at Towson University with two showcase games.

The Baltimore All-Stars, coached by Clatchey, will play the U.S. National team, coached by Kevin Keatts of Hargrave Military Academy, in the feature game at 5 p.m.

In the 3 p.m. preliminary, the Baltimore City Stars, coached by Walbrook's Kelvin Bridgers, will play the Suburban Stars, coached by Eddie Green of Woodlawn.

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