Conference basketball championship preview capsule

MIAA A

February 19, 2011

MIAA Basketball Championships

A Conference

No. 2 John Carroll (28-2) vs. No. 6 St. Frances (17-5)

When: Today, 2 p.m.

Where: UMBC

Key players to watch

John Carroll: Ronald Scott, Sr., G (16.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg); Jarred Jones, Jr., F (16.2 ppg, 6.7 rpg); Malcolm McMillan, Sr., G (16.1 ppg, 4.2 apg); Kamau Stokes, Fr., G (5.7 ppg, 1.6 spg); Mike Owona, Soph., F (4.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg), Rodney Elliott, Soph., G (3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg).

St. Frances: R. J. Williams, Sr., G (15 points, six assists); Greg Lewis, Sr., F (13 points, eight rebounds); Shakir Brown, Jr., G/F (11 points, four rebounds), Eddie Tarver, Sr., G (10 points), Maurice White, Soph., G (7 points, five rebounds); Josh Forney, Jr., C (3 points, four rebounds).

Keys to victory

John Carroll won both of regular-season meetings with St. Frances, the two-time defending champion. The Patriots, shooting for their first A Conference title, scored a 63-54 victory over St. Frances in the first match-up. They needed to rally in the second half for an 88-74 road win in the second meeting earlier this month. John Carroll scored only 31 points in the first half of that second game, but stepped up the pressure and intensity for 57 second-half points to wipe out a seven-point halftime deficit. The Patriots kept going to the basket repeatedly and made it to the free-throw line 44 times. Scott, McMillan and Jones can drive effectively for the Panthers. But St. Frances gave the Patriots problems last time when it slowed the pace and found good shots from outside. The Panthers can get offense from Williams, Lewis, Brown, Tarver and others, but they can't get into a track meet with John Carroll because the Patriots can run all day and finish. Whoever can control or force the pace will win this game.

B Conference

Glenelg CS (24-3) vs. Annapolis Area CS (20-9) at Gilman, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

C Conference

Chapelgate CA (21-5) vs. Beth Tfiloh (20-10) at Gilman, Tuesday, 5 p.m.

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