St. Frances loses big lead, falls in Charm City Classic

Mosley's 27 points not enough for Panthers

Boys basketball

December 02, 2007|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Playing organized sports can sometimes be a blessing and sometimes be a curse. Last night, St. Frances got both in the same game at the Charm City Classic at Loyola College's Reitz Arena.

The Panthers (0-1) were in the lead, by as many as 19 points, until 1:13 remained before falling to Pennsylvania's Neumann-Goretti, 62-57, in the third game of the night.

"We stood around in the second half and watched Sean [Mosely] instead of playing our game and getting open," Panthers coach William Wells said. "We were standing around on offense and they took advantage. We had 18 turnovers in the second half, and you can't do that against a team like that."

Maryland-bound senior Mosley led all scorers with 27 points, but only two of them came in the second half. Daniel Stewart led Neumann-Goretti (1-0) with 21 points.

"We didn't make adjustments on the court, and our guys didn't get to the open spots on the floor," Mosley said. "We came out lackadaisical, and that's because we are a very young team. I guess it's better for us to do this now than later in the season."

The Panthers went on a 14-0 run midway through the first quarter to break a tie at 10. Mosley showed his versatility in the run, scoring on layups and short jump shots to give St. Frances a comfortable lead. He finished the first half with 25 of the Panthers' 42 points, and St. Frances led 42-27.

The Saints came out of halftime determined to control Mosley. Neumann-Goretti got 10 points from Stewart during the quarter while switching off several aggressive defenders on Mosley to outscore St. Frances 17-7 and cut the lead to 49-44 after three quarters.

The Panthers again pulled away early in the fourth quarter, building a 55-46 lead with 5:06 left. Then it was Neumann-Goretti's turn. The Saints went on a 12-0 run, finally taking the lead at 58-57 with 1:13 left on Jamal Wilson's layup.

"Our young team fell apart under the pressure," Wells said. "Some of them wanted to play AAU ball instead of play defense. Defense comes first, and we quit in the last three minutes."

In the nightcap, Towson Catholic (0-1) fell behind New York City's Rice early and lost, 70-53.

The Owls cut the deficit to 34-24 at the half and to 39-31 with 5:20 left in the third quarter, but Towson Catholic couldn't close the gap any further. Connecticut-bound Kemba Walker led the Raiders (1-0) with 20 points, and Brandon Green lead Towson Catholic with 15 points.

Rice, the No. 11 team in the USA Today Super 25 poll, used a pair of quick guards and an aggressive defense to hold off the Owls early.

In the first game, John Carroll (1-0) used 25 points from Isaiah Philmore to break a 37-37 halftime tie and defeat St. Mary's, 85-72. Wyatt Smith (13 points) and Josh Wiegand (12 points) also scored in double figures for the Patriots.

Joshua Morgan-Green led the Saints (0-1) with 27 points.

New Calvert Hall coach John Bauersfeld got a rude welcome to his new job in his team's 73-37 loss to Washington, D.C.'s Gonzaga. His Cardinals trailed 21-0 before Kyle Wise's free throw at 1:21 of the first quarter put Calvert Hall on the board. The Eagles (1-0), one of the top teams in the D.C. area, got 19 points from Ian Hummer and cruised in the second game.

Sophomore Jon Graham's 17 points led Calvert Hall (0-1).

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