No. 2 St. Frances outlasted No. 1 Mount St. Joseph, 57-51, yesterday behind 30 points from senior Sean Mosley, who had 14 in the final period.
The Panthers posted a combined win in both the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
The win left host St. Frances 8-2 overall, 3-0 in the BCL and 2-0 in the A Conference, with the Gaels slipping to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the two leagues.
Mosley, a three-time All-Metro swingman who has started since his freshman year and is headed to Maryland, looks more confident and relaxed than ever. The guidance he is getting from Mark Karcher - a former three-time All-Metro player (1995-1997) at St. Frances, an ex-Temple star and an NBA player - has enhanced his game. It's proving to be a fruitful relationship between the two greatest players in St. Frances history.
"Nobody in this town has got as much experience as Mark has, from the pros down to college to his time with us," said Panthers coach William Wells, who got his 497th career win yesterday in his 28th season.
"So why not let him do his thing? He's helping the kids a great deal. We agreed that he run the offense and I run the defense [man-to-man]. And it's working."
It sure worked yesterday, with Mosley and fellow senior Anthony Oquendo blending together in a half-court game in which neither team took a double-digit lead. Oquendo scored 12 points to go with 15 rebounds and three blocked shots .
Mosley, who had 10 rebounds (eight on the defensive end), made 12 of 13 free-throw attempts in the final period. He hit six straight in the last 35 seconds, four coming right after Chris Olsen's three-pointer pulled the Gaels to 53-51 with 16 seconds remaining.
The Gaels were led by Henry Sims with 12 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Atkins with 17 points.
"Give St. Frances credit. They played well," Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said. "My hat is off to Sean Mosley. He's a great player. We have some things to improve on."