Spurred on by a 9-2 run to open the third quarter, the John Carroll Patriots cruised past visiting Calvert Hall Tuesday night for an 88-72 win in an MIAA A conference quarterfinal boys basketball game.
The Patriots (26-7) will play home again Thursday, hosting Mount St. Joe (29-4) in a semifinal. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
The Patriots 9-2 run turned a three-point game at the half (38-35 John Carroll) into a 10-point, 47-37, Patriots lead.
Moments later, John Carroll senior guard Immanuel Quickley (21 points) drilled his lone three-point shot of the game to push the Patriots ahead by 11, 52-41. Calvert Hall called the timeout with 4:10 to play in the third quarter.
It didn’t get any better for the Cardinals (10-16) as the Patriots’ lead continued to grow. The John Carroll lead was 15 points, 61-46 at the end of three quarters.
By midway through the final quarter, the lead was 17, 72-55, and both teams began putting in their substitutes. John Carroll junior forward Yuvaz Gultekin scored 11 of his team-high 22 points in the final quarter.
He added a dozen rebounds to complete the double-double.
"I think we got off to a slow start, but as the game went on we started playing defense, executing the game plan and we ended up getting the win,” Quickley said.
The Patriots did get off to a 5-0 start, but Calvert Hall answered with five straight to tie the game.
John Carroll still led 11-10, but the Cardinals took their first lead at 16-15 late in the quarter.
The game was tied at 18 with time running out when Quickley dished one of his 10 assists to Nigel Haughton, who calmly sank a three-pointer for the 21-18 lead through one quarter.
Calvert Hall opened quarter two with four consecutive points to lead, 22-21. John Carroll, though, scored the next seven points to slip ahead by six, 28-22.
That forced a timeout from the Cardinals at 4:42 left and with 1:23 to play, the called another, down 36-31.
"We had a couple breakdowns defensively during that run and that kind of cost us,” Cardinals senior Brendan Adams said. “We just had some breakdowns, we just got to go back and work on it.”
Adams scored 21 points for the Cardinals, while teammate junior Logan Curtis led all scorers with 24 points.
Brandon Craig added 14 points for the Patriots and Haughton finished with 10.
The open playoff draw was held Tuesday and nine out of 10 Harford County boys teams will be in action Friday.
In Class 1A East, Section I, Havre de Grace (15-5) will host Bo Manor (8-12), while Joppatowne (14-6) will host Coppin Academy and Patterson Mill (13-6) will host Colonel Richardson. All games are at 6 p.m.
In 2A East, Section I, Fallston (10-10) will host Rising Sun (1-15) at 5 p.m. and Harford Tech (11-6) will host the winner on Monday. North Harford (8-12) will play at North East (9-11) at 6:30 p.m.
In 3A North, Section II, C. Milton Wright (17-3) will host Patapsco at 4 p.m., while Edgewood (5-15) will visit Bel Air (6-14) at 5 p.m. Also, Aberdeen (4-15) will play at Kenwood at 6 p.m.
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