FROSTBURG -- St. Frances lost All-American Devin Gray to an emergency appendectomy yesterday morning, and the fifth-ranked Panthers found themselves outmanned against unbeaten DeMatha of Hyattsville in the semifinals of the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament last night at Frostburg State University.
DeMatha, ranked 16th in the nation, lifted its record to 29-0 with an easy 99-51 victory. Tonight at 8:30, the Stags will play the winner of last night's game between defending champion Roman Catholic of Philadelphia and St. John's of Washington for the championship.
St. Frances (19-7) plays the loser of St. John's-Roman Catholic game in the third-place game at 7 p.m.
Vaughn Jones scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead DeMatha. Mike Jones added 15, Ted Ellis 14, Milton Miles 11 and Duane Simkins 10.
Eric Carroll scored 21 for St. Frances, which beat Bishop Kenrick of Norristown, Pa., 67-59 Thursday night behind Gray's 38 points.
"We played well, and the kids didn't let up because Devin Gray was out of the game," said DeMatha coach Morgan Wootten. "With their big fellow out it gave us a big advantage with our size and depth."
"Devin is a large portion of our team," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "We play so much better with him in there. The plays we have just for him didn't work."