No. 6 John Carroll deals No. 10 Mount St. Joseph its first loss

Vincent leads No. 1 St. Frances to win

December 10, 2008|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,

By getting off to a good start and pushing back every time Mount St. Joseph came with a push of its own, the No. 6 John Carroll boys basketball team earned a sound 65-55 home win over the No. 10 Gaels last night in Bel Air.

Forward Isaiah Philmore was the one player the visitors couldn't find an answer for. Philmore, a 6-foot-8 Towson-bound senior, scored 24 points and added 13 rebounds, getting help from a 14-point, eight-rebound effort from fellow senior forward Wyatt Smith.

The Patriots improved to 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, making amends for their league-opening loss to Towson Catholic last week. The Gaels (5-1) fell to 1-1 in conference play.

A 10-point first quarter from Philmore set an early tone in getting the Patriots out to a double-digit lead. Behind 24 points from junior guard Eric Atkins and a pesky defense, the Gaels stayed close. But the Patriots always had an answer when they got too close.

"It was pretty much everybody doing their role today. If everybody plays their role, then we should have games like this more often," Philmore said. "It was the mentality of if they get one, come back, run it down their throats and get two stops. That's what we tried to do all game."

The Gaels got a basket from sophomore forward Brian Morton with 3:01 to play in the third quarter that cut John Carroll's lead to 40-35. The Patriots answered with the next seven points - an inside left-handed basket by Nick Faust, a dunk by Philmore and a three-pointer by Raphael Jordan - to take control.

Moving up to the A Conference last year, the Patriots lost twice to the Gaels during the regular season and then again in the playoffs, making last night's game especially rewarding.

"It was a big win. We came out sluggish against Towson Catholic. This set the tone that it was just a bad game. Everybody has a bad game, and that was one for us. We're coming for everybody."

Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey said his Gaels didn't have the same focus or energy he had seen in the team's previous five wins and with the size advantage the Patriots had, there was no margin for error.

"It was collective - shot selection, missing free throws, giving up second shots. It was a variety of things that put us in the position. I thought we battled; we just couldn't ever get over the hump. Every time we were right there, they seemed to make a big play or get a bucket when they needed it. It became deflating mentally after a while," he said.

NO. 1 ST. FRANCES 68, ST. JOHN'S-CATHOLIC PREP 64: : Terrell Vincent had a game-high 29 points to power the Panthers (3-1) past the Vikings.

St. John's led by 10 going into the fourth quarter before Vincent went 10-for-12 from the foul line in the second half to spark the win.

Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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