After a string of five straight victories by three points or less over the preceding two weeks, the John Carroll Patriots were finally brought back down to earth Saturday night with a 80-71 road loss to the Archbishop Spalding Cavaliers.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday night, but had to be postponed 24 hours because of school cancellations.
According to John Carroll head coach Tony Martin, the 80 points his Patriots conceded in the Saturday matchup were the most allowed by a John Carroll squad since January 2008, and it marked just the second time in eight seasons that the Patriots have surrendered more than 80 points.
The Cavaliers ran out to a 26-18 lead by the end of the first quarter, and were up by as much as 16 points early in the second half, but the Patriots managed to cut the hosts' lead down to a pair of points heading into the fourth quarter.
Rodney Elliott led the Patriots, putting up a game-high 25 points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal.
Malik Tyne had a season-high 19 points, while also posting five rebounds, one assist and one block.
Jordan Martin had five points and five rebounds and led John Carroll with four assists and four steals.
Kimbal Mackenzie, who left the game late in the fourth quarter with a facial injury that required a hospital visit, ended the contest with 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
John Carroll's Eli Long had five points, five rebounds and two assists, while teammate Lionel Owona had three rebounds, two points, one assist, one steal and one block. Trystan Pratapas helped out the Patriots' cause with three points and two rebounds, while Mike Owona had three rebounds and one assist in the loss. C.J. Keyser had one rebound, one assist and one block for John Carroll, while Michael Tertsea added two points and one rebound.