Darryl Williams

Roundup: Loyola wins, 60-57, as Pikesville rally falls shy

Loyola's Mitch Cross, with a game-high 26 points, helped thwart a Pikesville comeback by making two steals and two free throws in the closing 25 seconds as the host Dons beat the Panthers, 60-57, in boys basketball Monday.

Loyola (2-3) extended its 30-24 halftime lead by outscoring Pikesville 16-7 in the third quarter. But the Panthers (1-2) battled back from a 15-point deficit to tie the game at 50 with 2:43 left. With less than a minute left and the score tied at 52, Cross made his first steal and fed Bennett Bradley to give Loyola the lead. Cross stole the ball again on the ensuing Pikesville possession and made a layup with 21.7 seconds left.

The Panthers' Brahema...