Clareth scores 27 to lead No. 8 Calvert Hall to 75-64 win over No. 10 John Carroll

  • John Carroll's Jordan Martin, left, tries to get past Calvert Hall's Nico Clareth in the second half.
John Carroll's Jordan Martin, left, tries to get past… (Steve Ruark, BALTIMORE…)
January 06, 2014|By Todd Karpovich, For The Baltimore Sun

As if hitting seven 3-pointers was not enough, Calvert Hall junior Nico Clareth still had a couple of highlight-reel plays left in the closing seconds against John Carroll on Monday night.

The 6-foot-3 guard put an exclamation point on the No. 8 Cardinals' 75-64 victory with two, monster dunks, including one where he drove across the baseline for a reverse slam. Clareth finished with 27 points and Calvert Hall improved to 16-1 on the season with a key Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A conference win over the No. 10 Patriots. The Cardinals also improved to 7-1 in the league, trailing No. 4 St. Frances by a game.

"I just had the hot hand," Clareth said. "Like coach [John Bauersfeld] said in the locker room, everybody contributed on a different day, and I guess today was my day. I tried to do whatever I could to help the team win and we did."

Sean Mayberry also had 16 points and TJ Duckett added 15 for Calvert Hall, which is also 4-1 in the Baltimore Catholic League.

Elijah Long had 22 points and Kimbal Mackenzie finished with 19 points for the Patriots (13-7 overall, 3-1 MIAA, 2-1 BCL).

Calvert Hall led 30-24 at the break and methodically pulled away in the second half. After John Carroll tied the game at 34 with 4:27 left in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Lionel Owona, the Cardinals increased the pressure defensively and went on a 10-3 run. A 3-pointer by Duckett in the closing seconds increased the lead to 49-42 at the end of the quarter.

Clareth then took over the fourth quarter, hitting three, 3-pointers and then closing out the game on the consecutive dunks. Despite a superior height advantage, John Carroll struggled to get the ball inside against the Cardinals' quick defense

"They have a lot of size, but I think most teams we play will have a size advantage," Bauersfeld said. "We just try to play position D on big guys like that and box out as best we can. We do a good job rotating and that's stuff we do everyday in practice.

A pair of 3-pointers by Duckett gave Calvert Hall a 9-4 lead midway through the first quarter. However, John Carroll chipped away and pulled ahead, 10-9, on a pair of free throws by Long. The Cardinals then finished strong, retaking a 19-6 lead at the end of the quarter on a steal and layup by Mayberry and a pair of free throws by Rouse.

Calvert Hall maintained the lead throughout the second quarter and a 3-pointer by Reggie Rouse provided a 28-20 margin with just under three minutes in the half.

"I knew we had a chance to be good," Bauersfeld said. "We played well all summer. We are really doing a good job finding guys when they're hot."

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