Owls win 1st BCL title in 9 years

Towson Catholic completes unbeaten season in league to go with one in MIAA

No. 1 Towson Catholic 70 No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 54

Boys basketball

March 01, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Top-ranked Towson Catholic completed an undefeated season in two leagues by winning the 36th Baltimore Catholic League tournament final, 70-54, over second-ranked and defending champion Mount St. Joseph last night at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

It was the first BCL championship for the Owls (31-4) since 1998. Last Friday, they won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference final, 71-49, over No. 3 McDonogh at Gilman.

Towson Catholic rolled through the BCL tournament, also routing Cardinal Gibbons, 66-43, in the semifinals and St. Maria Goretti, 76-32, in the quarterfinals.

"These kids really wanted to win this and I am so proud of them," second-year coach Josh Pratt said. "I'm really proud of the school administration and the community for all their support and for athletic director Jeff Palumbo giving me the chance to coach here two years ago."

The Owls proved that they are more than a two-man team in Division I-bound players Donte Greene (Syracuse) and Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech), as junior Brandon Greene stepped up to control the boards last night. Brandon Greene had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

"When my cousin [Brandon] came in here three years ago, he was not very polished," said Donte Greene, who had 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. "He has worked really hard and doesn't get down on himself when he doesn't get a lot of touches. I think he's going to be a D-I player."

Brandon Greene and Delaney were named to the all-tournament team. Delaney, the regular-season BCL Player of the Year, scored 20 points.

"This feels really good after going home heartbroken the last two years," Delaney said. "We came together as a team and Coach Pratt worked us really hard and we had a lot of team meetings last week that really helped us a lot coming into tonight."

Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey, who got his team to the final for the fourth time in five years, winning the other three times, had high praise for the Owls.

"They're pretty darn good with pretty much the same team that they had last year," Clatchey said. "I don't care what walk of life you're talking about, experience is very important."

Maryland-bound Dino Gregory led the Gaels (25-7) with 21 points and eight rebounds, and 6-foot-10 junior Henry Sims had six points and five rebounds.

Gregory and Sims also were named to the all-tournament team. Cardinal Gibbons' Jamar Briscoe completed the team.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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