Inside-out combo carries J. Carroll

No. 13 John Carroll 70 Bel Air 51

Boys basketball

December 15, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Isaiah Philmore and Josh Selby of John Carroll provided the Patriots with a one-two punch that knocked out Bel Air last night.

Philmore posted a double double with 25 points and 15 rebounds while guard Selby added 17 points to help No. 13 John Carroll pull away late for a 70-51 victory over neighborhood rival Bel Air in the Aberdeen Tip-Off Mixer.

Philmore, 6 feet 6, dominated inside in a variety of ways. He controlled the interior with rebounds, some blocks and several put-backs that kept John Carroll in front after the game's first two minutes. The smaller Bobcats simply couldn't stop him.

Philmore is a sophomore who plays like a senior. But Selby is a freshman who looks just as good. He controlled the game at point guard, making good passes and shots at the right time.

"That's a dynamic duo," John Carroll coach Tony Martin said. "They're an inside-outside combination that's very tough to stop."

John Carroll (7-1) held a 33-24 halftime lead, but the Bobcats made their best run in the third quarter. Lionel Perkins (18 points) made a pair of three-pointers to help Bel Air (2-2) slice the lead to 40-38 with 4:27 left in the period.

But the Patriots then took charge, going on a 19-2 run that gave them a 59-40 lead with just under five minutes left.

Don Hill led Bel Air with 20 points, but the Bobcats' impatience on offense hurt them.

"We didn't do a good job of getting into our half-court sets," Bel Air coach Nate Weigl said. "They're solid, and they're a good team."

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