St. Paul's coach Rick Collins said he repeatedly preached the importance of rebounding and defense to his Crusaders throughout the season.
And that's why they made Collins a happy coach yesterday.
St. Paul's forced 18 turnovers -- which turned into 23 points -- and dominated the boards on the way to an 82-70 victory over Spalding in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference quarterfinal at Gilman.
Top-seeded St. Paul's (15-6) plays fifth-seeded John Carroll today at 4 p.m. at Gilman in one semifinal. The Patriots defeated fourth-seeded John Carroll, 65-64, in another quarterfinal.
Second-seeded Severn meets third-seeded McDonogh at 6 p.m. the other semifinal. Severn rolled over seventh-seeded Boys' Latin, 64-33, yesterday while McDonogh topped sixth-seeded St. Mary's, 55-42.
The Crusaders scored the game's first 12 points and stretched the lead to 23 in the second period as it forced six straight turnovers from eighth-seeded Spalding (3-17).
"We want to play tenacious defense and rebound," said Collins. "Those are two things we always want to do."
And the Crusaders -- despite missing guard Justin Singleton with a sprained ankle -- did them well. They out-rebounded the Cavaliers, 52-27, and 31 were offensive rebounds.
St. Paul's got strong efforts from Adair Newhall (16 points, six rebounds), Chris Kakel (14 points), Chris Berrier (14 points) and Tiano Brown (nine rebounds). Michael Satyshur scored seven points and handed out 11 assists despite sitting out long stretches.
Spalding, using lots of defensive pressure, kept battling. Joe Petrocelli scored a game-high 22, and Mike Angelo and Mike Chaconnas added 13 each for the Cavaliers.
Strong defense also helped Severn (13-13) advance. The Admirals scored the game's first 10 points and limited Boys' Latin (11-13) to only 12 baskets.
The Admirals used advantages in size and quickness to constantly deny Boys' Latin good shots. Severn, with Andrew Watts (6-foot-9) and Jeff Hatch (6-7), dominated play inside as the Lakers had no one taller than 6-2.
In addition to perennial threat Denard Melton (game-high 14 points), Watts (13) and Hatch (12) ruled the paint. The Admirals had little trouble pushing the ball inside and found many easy shots.
Severn threw a variety of defenses at the Lakers. Wes Lovell led the Lakers with 13 points.
McDonogh (10-9) held St. Mary's to two points in the final seven minutes and used an 11-0 run for its victory. St. Mary's (7-13) got some hot shooting from Danny Marohl (17 points) to cut a 15-point McDonogh lead to 44-40 with 6:52 left.
Michael Steller (14 points, seven rebounds, four assists) then sparked the 11-point run for McDonogh with four points and an assist. Kevin Cummings added four of his 12 points as the Eagles stretched their lead to 55-40.
The Eagles forced St. Mary's into taking poor shots -- and the Saints missed 10 in a row before finally scoring with 16 seconds remaining.
John Carroll (11-11) used a late hot spell to top Gilman (7-11). Bryan Barrett (23 points) made a three-pointer with 11 seconds left to give the Patriots a come-from-behind victory.
Gilman, sparked by Chris McLamb (16 points) and Daron Hines (12 points), held a 61-54 lead with 2:59 left. But Jeff Miles scored eight straight points to help John Carroll tie the score at 62 with 50 seconds left. Hines then hit a short jumper for a 64-62 Gilman lead with 39 seconds left before Barrett hit the game-winner.
MIAA C Conference
* Curley 70, Glenelg Country School 48: Ron Riccitelli scored 14 points and Brian Montoya added 11 as host and second-seeded Archbishop Curley (12-13) advanced to today's tournament semifinals.
* Park 82, Mount Carmel 46: Paul O'Calllaghan scored 23 points to pace Park (18-2) past Mount Carmel (6-14) for its 17th straight victory.
* Friends 60, Lutheran 40: Paul Masson led all scorers with 21 points to lead the Quakers (11-10) past the Saints (6-10).