Gaels' win streak halted at eight

No. 3 St. Frances 63 No. 2 Mt. St. Joseph 56

Boys basketball

January 24, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Mount St. Joseph came into St. Frances Academy on an eight-game winning streak last night, four of those wins on the road.

The host Panthers had lost their previous two and their star player, two-time All-Metro junior Sean Mosley, did not play in Sunday's upset loss at St. John's Catholic Prep in Frederick.

Mosley, who has been nursing an ankle injury for a couple of weeks, returned last night and St. Joe's winning streak is over. The 6-foot-4 Mosley scored nine of his 15 points in the final quarter to lead a 63-56 victory over the Gaels.

Aric Brooks scored 18 points and Anthony Oquendo had 17 points on his 17th birthday as the No. 3 Panthers (17-5) swept the No. 2 Gaels (16-4) in the regular season of the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference for the first time since 2001.

St. Frances defeated the Gaels, 67-63, on Dec. 22 in Irvington to end the latter's 20-game league winning streak.

"It [left ankle] feels pretty good right now," said a smiling Mosley, who also had a game-high 11 rebounds and three blocks.

"It was a big win [after] losing two in a row and we had to bounce back against a tough team."

Down by 12 with 2:15 left, the Gaels went on a 13-4 run to pull within 59-56 with 36 seconds left. Mosley grabbed a key rebound on the other end, was fouled and made a pair from the line to make it a two-possession game with 27 seconds left.

Maryland-bound 6-8 senior Dino Gregory led the Gaels with 18 points and nine rebounds and tied 6-10 junior teammate Henry Sims, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds, in blocks with four.

The victory put the Panthers in second place at 7-1 in the BCL behind top-ranked Towson Catholic (17-3, 7-0) which visits St. Frances on Friday, and left St. Joe third at 6-2.

In the A Conference, St. Joe (8-2) and St. Frances (7-3) are reversed behind Towson Catholic (8-0).

"Everybody in this league can play and I keep telling my kids every game is a key game and today was a good sign," Panthers coach William Wells said.

"I like our chances now."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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