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Towson Catholic romps, 76-59 MSA Armstrong A Division


Another night, another big victory for No. 10 Towson Catholic.

Towson Catholic, which won its second straight Catholic League title Monday and was playing its fourth game in four days, used 34 points from Sharif Butler and some hot shooting to defeat visiting and No. 11 Calvert Hall, 76-59, in a Maryland Scholastic Association Armstrong Conference A League semifinal last night.

Towson Catholic meets Loyola, a 61-56 winner over Mount St. Joseph, tonight at Gilman at 7:45 in the title game. This will be the Owls' fifth game in five days.

Calvert Hall finishes the season at 19-12.

Butler sparked the Owls all night. He hit three three-pointers in the first quarter, scoring 11 points to get Towson Catholic (21-10) rolling to a 22-12 lead.

Butler added 14 in the third quarter and scored nine in a 17-2 fourth-quarter run that sealed the victory.

"I think we're just on a roll," said Butler, who added 11 rebounds. "We just wanted to keep flowing. We just wanted to keep this going and ride with it."

Good shooting helped the Owls ride. Towson Catholic hit 32 of 58 (55 percent) overall. The Owls hit 69 percent (11 of 16) in the third quarter and 59 percent (19 of 32) for the second half.

Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel said he was concerned that his team might have been tired. When pushed, the Owls responded.

"The guys now are champions," said Daniel. "Champions have a tendency to take the game to another level."

Towson Catholic appeared in control with a 54-36 lead late in the third quarter. Jeremy Baker (12 points) hit back-to-back three-pointers and Chris Wilson (23 points) scored four to spark a 13-2 Calvert Hall run that sliced the deficit to 58-52 with 6:10 left in the game.

Troy Elser (10 points) scored four straight for Towson Catholic. Butler then hit a three-pointer, and James Burrell scored on a put-back to stretch the lead to 67-52.

Poor shooting also hurt Calvert Hall. The Cardinals made 22 of 58 (38 percent) from the field.

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