St. Joe seeks win Sunday for berth in semis

Mount St. Joseph basketball team remains in contention for the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs and could qualify Sunday by beating Calvert Hall in its final league game.

A win would give the Gaels a 7-3 record in Division II of the A Conference, good for a second-place tie with Walbrook.


The Gaels, however, would advance to the conference semifinals Feb. 26 at Morgan State against Southern on the basis of the league's tiebreaker policy.

The first tiebreaker procedure, said league committee chairman Jerry Savage of Loyola, is head-to-head competition. That criterion would not apply because the teams split their two league games.


The next is point differential in head-to-head games. St. Joe would get the nod by a point because the Gaels beat Walbrook, 82-75, and Walbrook won, 68-62.

Lake Clifton and Cardinal Gibbons will meet to decide second place in Division I on Tuesday at Lake Clifton (3:30). Both are 7-2 in the league.

Dunbar has won Division I, and Southern won Division II by beating Lake Clifton, 75-57, Tuesday.

In the semifinals Feb. 26 at Morgan State, Dunbar will meet the Division II second-place finisher and Southern will meet the Division I second-place finisher. The games are at 6 and 8 p.m.

Mount St. Joseph could also end up facing St. Frances in a Catholic League tiebreaker contest Tuesday or Wednesday if St. Frances (10-2 league) wins its last two Catholic League regular-season games, at Towson Catholic tomorrow (8 p.m.) and at Archbishop Curley on Sunday (3:30 p.m.), and if Mount St. Joseph (10-2 league) wins its last league games, both at home, against Loyola tomorrow (8 p.m) and Calvert Hall on Sunday (3:30 p.m.).