Mt. St. Joe routs Spalding, 73-51

Swecker leads top-ranked Gaels with 18

Boys basketball

High Schools

December 24, 2005|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

As the boys high school basketball season goes on, two questions are likely: Can anyone beat Mount St. Joseph and if they can, how are they going to do it?

Before his No. 12 Cavaliers became the 11th straight victim of the top-ranked Gaels, 73-51, in Irvington last night, visiting Archbishop Spalding coach Mike Glick said, `This might be his [Pat Clatchey, Mount St. Joe coach] best team."

The Gaels supported Glick's words with the romp that clearly displayed Mount St. Joe's balance. This is a team that boasts perhaps the best frontcourt in the area and has at least three outstanding guards.

"We love sharing the ball," said senior guard Dejuan Goodwin, who missed most of the previous two seasons with injuries to his left knee.

"That's what makes us so good. We love playing together."

Goodwin first injured the knee at Washington's Gonzaga three years ago, but this month was Most Valuable Player of the Gonzaga Invitational won by the Gaels.

Guard Kevin Swecker, who hit four of his first five attempts from three-point range last night and led the Gaels with 18 points, was complemented by Goodwin and Chase Adams, who combined for 15 points, several steals and assists in starting the Gaels' fast break.

In the front, 6-foot-6 Louis Birdsong, 6-8 junior Dino Gregory and 6-9 sophomore Henry Sims dominated. Birdsong, who has signed with George Mason, had 15 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots.

Gregory, who has committed early to Maryland, scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and two blocks. Gregory had a flying dunk through the lane and showed off his jump hook, in which he palms the ball and gets up so high that he sends it down toward the basket.

"My dad [Dino Gregory Sr.] taught me that," said Gregory of his 6-9 father, who played at Long Beach State and was drafted by the NBA's Washington Bullets in the fourth round in 1982.

Clatchey said of Gregory's jump hook that, "When we saw him do that this year and shoot it down, we couldn't believe it."

Navy-bound guard Derek Young had a game high 21 points for Spalding (8-5).

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