Owls use a 12-0 spurt to break away in 4th

No. 1 Towson Cath. 71 No. 3 St. Frances 58

Boys basketball

January 27, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

The All-Metro, Division I-bound duo of Donte Greene and Malcolm Delaney led a crucial 12-0 run late in the final period that led top-ranked Towson Catholic to a 71-58 victory at No. 3 St. Frances in front of an overflow crowd last night.

St. Frances (17-6), which trailed the entire game, pulled even at 57 on two free throws by Desmond Thomas with 4:18 remaining. That seemed to inspire the Owls (20-3).

"You've got to be able to raise your level of play, and we were very disciplined down the stretch," Owls coach Josh Pratt said. "We finished the game. I'm so proud of Donte and Malcolm. They have really stepped their games up and are doing a great job leading the team."

Syracuse-bound Greene, and Delaney, who is headed to Virginia Tech, scored four points each during the critical run and combined for 43 points overall. Greene had an electrifying one-handed dunk, and Delaney had a two-handed slam.

The pair combined for 41 points on Jan. 2 when the Owls defeated the Panthers, 73-63.

"I always tell people I like pressure," Greene said. "I stay focused, still having fun, still got a smile on my face because I knew my team was going to pull it out in the long run."

The Owls remained unbeaten in both the Baltimore Catholic League (9-0) and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference (10-0).

St. Frances is tied for second in the BCL with No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (17-4) at 7-2 and is third in the MIAA at 7-4 behind the runner-up Gaels (9-2).

Two-time All-Metro junior Sean Mosley led the Panthers with 21 points, 12 in the second half, but failed to get the ball on four straight possessions during the Owls' big run.

"I think at the end we lost our composure," Panthers coach William Wells said. "They were double-teaming Sean."

The Owls defense did the job down the stretch after the Panthers tied it.

"There are a lot of reasons why we stopped playing hard and gave up a little bit," Delaney said. "After their run [7-0] to tie it, we picked up our defense, and when we did, they couldn't score."


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