Boys Basketball: Slow start dooms Carroll Christian in league loss

Frederick Christian overpowers Patriots with speed and scoring

The Frederick Christian boys basketball team had too much offense and too much quickness for host Carroll Christian on Monday night.

Frederick parlayed those assets into a 60-44 victory in a Maryland Association of Christian Schools Athletic Conference game.


The Patriots overcome a dreadful start to keep the game close in the second quarter and early into the third. But the Defenders pulled away late in the third quarter to cruise to the league triumph.

Carroll Christian coach Jon Andrews said his team's sloppy play contributed heavily to the loss.

"Out of their 60 points, more than 20 came off us making bad passes," he explained. "They were able to get easy buckets in transition or got open [3-pointers]. They hit some timely 3s when we felt we were still in it and it extended their lead."

Andrews was referring to junior guard Selam Nura's 3-pointer with 5:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Carroll (3-10, 2-5 MACSAC) had trimmed the margin to 33-29 only 21 seconds earlier, but Nura's basket sparked a 7-0 run to give the Defenders their biggest lead of the game at 41-29.

The Patriots trimmed the deficit to nine points on Josiah Albaugh's 3-pointer with three minutes left in third.

Frederick, through, had a double-double lead the rest of the way and treys from Defenders' sophomore forward JJ Morrisey and teammate Caleb Corselius late in third helped keep it that way.

Morrisey scored a game-high 21 points, and guard Isaac Santamaria added 15 for Frederick Christian.

"His very quick and a high-energy, go, go type of player," Frederick coach Brad Parker said of Morrisey. "He really puts himself in a position to score and when he gets out on the break, it's hard to catch up to him."

Frederick (8-4, 3-2) also got fine performances from junior 6-foot-5 center Henry Koffman (13 rebounds, five blocks) and Nura (seven points, seven assists, five steals).

Carroll junior forward Jason Brodbeck led the Patriots with 13 points and sophomore forward Ben Tracey added nine points, all of which came from 3-pointers.

The Patriots just weren't scoring early.

Frederick jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first 3:15 as Corselius hit two 3-pointers during that stretch. Carroll went 0-for-6 from the field in that span while committing three turnovers.

The Patriots, however, picked up its play to close the period, outscoring the visitors 8-6. Matthew Maldonado highlighted the stretch with two layups.


Carroll carried some of that momentum into the second quarter. The Patriots opened the period on an 11-4 run to trim the advantage to 23-19 as Tracey sparked the offense with three treys in that sequence. Frederick held a 30-24 advantage at the intermission.

"We battled back even though we got off to such a poor start," said Andrews, whose team didn't play Frederick last year because the Defenders only had a JV team. "We stayed calm."

Carroll Christian (44): Ben Tracey 9, John Zablosky 2, Josiah Albaugh 6, Matthew Maldonado 8, Jason Brodbeck 15, Sean Matthews 2, Julian Finch 2.

Frederick Christian (60): Caleb Corselius 9, Selam Nuru 7, Isaac Santamaria 15, Henry Koffman 2, JJ Morrisey 21, Jaden Wade 2, Spencer Hoover 2, Michael D'Andrea 2.

Halftime: FC, 30-24.