Calvert Hall is on the upswing again after handing Archbishop Spalding only its second conference loss, 60-53, Tuesday night in the Towson school's Alumni Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior swingman Denzel Richardson, who hit the game-winning three pointer against Mount St. Joseph on Jan. 6, paced the Cardinals (8-9) with 20 points despite suffering a cut to the side of his face in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League tussle.
Richardson had to leave the game briefly to change out of his blood-stained uniform and have a bandage applied to the wound that did not appear to be serious.
The only other thing injured for Calvert Hall was its pride after "not playing very well in Philly" in a Christmas tournament, according to coach John Bauresfeld.
Moreover, two days before beating Spalding, Calvert Hall lost to Glenelg Country School and dropped another decision to McDonogh prior to topping St. Joe.
Against the Cavaliers (11-6), Bauresfeld elected to employ a zone defense to limit the their dribble-drive penetration and three-point shooters, which had little effect on stopping senior guard Greg Brown from converting six treys.
Still, the zone defense helped stop the other enemy shooters from getting decent looks from beyond the arc and energized the Cardinals to gear up their lethal fastbreak.
Calvert Hall never trailed in the contest, although the visitors did manage a 21-21 tie with 4:09 left in the opening half on a free throw by sophomore guard Kai Dalce and a drive by junior forward Earl Potts moments later.
However, the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run before the intermission to give them the lead for good on a Justin Beck free throw and two baskets by Richardson.
"Everything starts in practice," Bauersfeld said. "We had five or six good practices, and, except for the Glenelg game, we've played well lately. We played hard against Glenelg and we played about as well as we can play against St. Joe in the first half. We had to grind it out in the second half."
Spalding (53)-Kai Dalce, 7; Greg Brown, 18; Earl Potts, 16; Jordan Grant, 5; Charlie Meikeljohn, 3; Gary Jefferson, 4
CHC (60)-Julian Davis, 4; Sean Mayberry, 3; Denny Grace, 3; Denzel Richardson, 20; Justin Beck, 14; Conor McVan, 8; Drew Edwards, 2; Marlon Hynson, 4; Eric Evans, 2