T. Catholic still on top

D. Greene paces No. 1 Owls past No. 2 Panthers

Boys basketball

January 03, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Towson Catholic has established itself as the Baltimore area's No. 1 boys basketball team, but its top player, Donte' Greene, says that is only part of the Owls' ambitious goal for this season.

The top-ranked Owls showed visiting and No. 2 St. Frances who the area's best team is in a 73-63 victory last night.

Fans were packed into the Owls' small gym. There were fans under the baskets on both baselines.

Towson Catholic led all the way but was outscored 38-27 in a sluggish second half to make the final score closer.

Greene, a 6-foot-9 forward who committed to Syracuse last year as a junior, scored a team-high 22 points and added eight rebounds and six blocked shots.

"We are most definitely the best team in the area, and we're trying to prove we're one of the best in the nation, " said Greene, who had 16 of his points in the first half as the Owls (11-2) took a 46-25 lead.

"We also want to win the BCL and MIAA and the teams in there. But we're focusing on trying to get better as a team and move up nationally."

Last night's victory counted in both the Baltimore Catholic League and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. And the Owls came out strong, outscoring the Panthers 22-11 in the first quarter, with Greene scoring eight points and sophomore LeShon Edwards scoring six of his 19.

"Donte' came out and hit a lot of big shots early, and they executed their offense real well," said Aric Brooks, whose 20 points were second on the Panthers (10-3) to Sean Mosley's 22. Brooks and Moseley combined for 15 rebounds.

"And Malcolm hit some big shots."

The Owls' Malcolm Delaney had 11 of his 19 points in the first half. Edwards also had seven rebounds and Donte' Greene's cousin, Brandon Greene, added six points and six rebounds.

"We hit on all cylinders and played well as a team in the first half," Towson Catholic coach Josh Pratt said. "They realized how big of a game this was."

The two teams were coming off successful efforts at out-of-town tournaments last week. Towson Catholic went 2-1 in the Stop DWI Holiday Classic in Binghamton, N.Y., losing only to New York's No. 1-ranked Boys & Girls High (15-0) by 73-71.

St. Frances went 3-1 in the Daytona Beach Christmas Classic. The Panthers lost only to Bishop Ferrar, one of the top teams in the New York metropolitan area, 43-40, in the first game. St. Frances went on to rout three Florida teams.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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