No. 15 Mount Carmel boys basketball coach Tom Rose explained to his team that "there are no bad teams in our league" and "on any given night, any team can win." John Carroll proved that with back-to-back wins over his team.
The Patriots (17-11, 6-5 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) swept the Cougars (13-9, 6-8), winning 63-53 on Thursday night and 53-52 on Friday night.
On Friday, John Carroll led for most of the game, until Mount Carmel rallied in the fourth, outscoring the Patriots 18-11. David Erebor's 3-pointer gave the Cougars their first lead at 52-51 with 17 seconds to go. Erebor finished with 22 points.
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Mount Carmel stole the inbound pass but missed the shot. On the next possession, John Carroll cleared the ball to half court and took a timeout. The drawn-up play resulted in a game-winning jumper by Kimbal Mackenzie with four seconds left.
On Thursday, Johnny Rhodes put up 15 points in a losing effort for the visiting Cougars.
Mount Carmel is in the sixth and final spot in the MIAA A Conference playoffs a half-game behind Gilman.
No. 6 St. Frances 66, Glenelg Country School 56: Chancellor Barnard had a game-high 31 points, including four 3-pointers, but the host Dragons (12-10, 5-9 MIAA A Conference) couldn't overcome a strong second-half showing by the Panthers (18-7, 9-2).
No. 8 Oakland Mills 71, Wilde Lake 52: Deshawn Willis and Mamadou Ndiaye each scored 20 points to power the host Scorpions (13-1) past the Wildecats (2-11).
No. 9 Lake Clifton 80, John F. Kennedy (N.Y.) 41: Stefon Brown scored 19 points and the Lakers (11-1) beat the Cougars at the Basketball Academy at Morgan State.
Lake Clifton faces Potomac today at 5p.m. in the final day of the tournament.
No. 13 Dulaney 102, Loch Raven 35: Gary Bernardez had a game-high 23 points to power the host Lions (13-0) past the Raiders (4-9).
Loyola 49, McDonogh 38: The host Dons (7-12, 4-7 MIAA A Conference) went on a 13-6 run in the third quarter to beat the Eagles (4-16, 0-12).
Mervo 64, Forest Park 44: Larry Webb scored 18 points to lead the host Mustangs (6-2) past the Foresters.
No. 1 McDonogh 55, No. 9 Seton Keough 39: Danielle Edwards scored a game-high 19 points and the host Eagles (19-2, 10-0 2 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference) put together a 14-6 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Gators (8-8, 5-3).
No. 3 Roland Park 61, John Carroll 27: Freshman Jeydah Johnson led the visiting Reds (12-6, 7-2 IAAM A Conference) with 15 points. Roland Park shared the ball with a team total of 18 assists. The Patriots fell to 3-8, 0-6.
No. 5 St. Vincent Pallotti 66, Mercy 34: Beverly Ogunrinde scored 16 points to lead the visiting Panthers (10-6, 5-4 IAAM A Conference) past the Magic (1-12, 1-11).
No. 6 St. Frances 64, Archbishop Spalding 44: Tyeisha Smith scored a game-high 17 points to power the visiting Panthers (11-6, 6-3 IAAM A Conference) past the Cavaliers (3-10, 2-7).
No. 12 Severn 68, Institute of Notre Dame 44: Maddie McDaniel led the visiting Admirals (16-2, 7-0 IAAM B Conference) past the Penguins (10-4, 6-1).
No. 13 Catonsville 68, Kenwood 26: Renee Gast and Taylor Barton each scored 14 points to lead the visiting Comets (11-2) past the Bluebirds (7-4).