Towson Catholic, Mount St. Joseph reach BCL final

1 vs. 2 showdown also rematch of '06

February 28, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

The 36th Baltimore Catholic League basketball tournament final will feature an encore tonight at 7:30, as No. 1 Towson Catholic and No. 2 Mount St. Joseph advanced with semifinal victories last night.

Towson Catholic (30-4) blew out Cardinal Gibbons, 66-43, and Mount St. Joseph (25-7) routed Archbishop Spalding, 63-35, to set up the rematch tonight at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

The Gaels won last year's final, 62-52, on the way to a record-breaking 38-1 season.

Mount St. Joseph went undefeated last season in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference and in the BCL, and tonight the Gaels stand in the way of the Owls' attempt to duplicate the feat.

Donte Greene put on a show in the Owls' semifinal romp over Gibbons (17-13), as Towson Catholic advanced to its third consecutive BCL final, looking for its first title since 1998.

Greene, a 6-foot-9 McDonald's All-American who is headed to Syracuse, scored 21 points on put-backs, pull-up jumpers, three three-pointers and two monster dunks.

He also had five rebounds, four blocks, three assists and two steals.

Greene scored 17 points and Malcolm Delaney 12 in the first half as the Owls built a 36-14 lead at the break.

The Owls became the ninth Baltimore metro-area team to win 30 games in a season and gave the BCL three in a row. Mount St. Joseph did it the previous two seasons.

"We've been in the championship game three straight years - me and Malcolm," Greene said. "We want it to end here with the championship.

"I was shooting threes tonight and have been doing it in recent weeks because I will be doing a little bit of that at Syracuse."

Delaney finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, eight on the defensive side. Andrew Fitzgerald had four points and seven rebounds for the Owls, and Brandon Greene scored nine points.

"It's not as easy as it looks and how people think it is," said Owls coach Josh Pratt, whose team has received an invitation to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational, to be held March 15-17 in Cumberland. "It takes a championship team to do the things these kids have done."

In the second semifinal, Mount St. Joseph got 16 points from 6-10 junior Henry Sims and 13 from freshman Eric Atkins on the way to its rout of the Cavaliers (10-22).

Maryland-bound Dino Gregory added 10 points for the Gaels, who led 29-15 at the half and 42-29 after three quarters before blowing things open in the fourth quarter.

No Spalding players scored in double figures. Kevon Moore scored nine points and Brad Bald had eight to lead the Cavaliers.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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