Towson Catholic rolls behind Delaney's 22

Owls defeat McDonogh to win third crown

No. 1 Towson Catholic 71 No. 3 McDonogh 49

MIAA A championship

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

The first major hurdle is in the books for top-ranked Towson Catholic. The Owls rolled to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship, 71-49 over No. 3 McDonogh at Gilman last night.

Played in front of a capacity crowd of more than 1,200, the Owls claimed their first MIAA A Conference crown since 2001 and their third overall, the other in 1999 after the Maryland Scholastic Association became the MIAA in 1995-96.

"We're trying to go out with the Catholic League championship and go to Alhambra and try to knock off DeMatha," said senior Malcolm Delaney, who had a game-high 22 points for the Owls. Towson Catholic opens in the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament tomorrow and has already received an invitation to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, March 15-17 at Frostburg State.

"We want to take the BCL title with us up to the Alhambra."

Last night, the Owls (29-4) took charge in the first period against the Eagles (23-8) and gradually built their lead. Donte Greene, who had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots, scored 11 of his points in the first eight minutes to give the Owls a 21-11 lead.

The 10-point lead was pushed to 39-26 at the half, as Delaney scored 11 of his points in the second quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the Owls were up 51-32.

Towson Catholic finished 26 of 53 from the field.

"We know that Brandon Herbert and Joe Yermal can shoot and tried to keep the ball away from them and not allow them a lot of open shots," Greene said.

Herbert led the Eagles with 18 points, but 10 came in the second half, and Yermal, who went over 1,000 points in his career last week, finished with 14 points.

Delaney and Greene were joined in double digits by LeShon Edwards, who had 10 points.

The Owls are attempting to match Mount St. Joseph's unbeaten seasons last year in both the MIAA and BCL regular season and both tournaments.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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