Top-ranked St. Frances' 19-game winning streak stopped last night, as the Panthers lost to LaSalle Academy of New York, 72-56, in the final game of the Towson Catholic Tip-Off Mixer at Goucher College.
Ron Artest, a Super 25 pick by USA Today led LaSalle with 21 points, including a tomahawk dunk late in the fourth quarter that sent most of the remaining crowd home. Eric Chatfield scored 15 and Von Damien Green added 13. Senior swing forward Mark Karcher led St. Frances (4-1), ranked No. 9 in the nation by USA Today, with 21 points and Shawn Hampton added 13.
LaSalle (5-0), ranked No. 6 in the New York City area, scored the game's first 13 points and led by as many as 20 in the second half.
"We didn't play defense and looked terrible," said St. Frances coach William Wells. "We played timid from the beginning and they jumped right on us."
The closest St. Frances got was 41-33 with 6: 04 left in the third quarter on a jumper by Shawn Hampton, but LaSalle scored the next seven. A three-pointer by Chatfield and two baskets by Artest built the margin up to 50-33 with 2: 11 remaining in the period.
LaSalle came out aggressively on both ends of the court, and St. Frances went reeling quickly. LaSalle hit three three-pointers within the first two minutes for a 9-0 lead.
Hampton scored St. Frances' first basket after 10 misses with 5: 04 left in the quarter, but six straight points by Artest and a layup by Miguel Caballero extended LaSalle's lead to 20-2.
"We lost our team concept," said Wells. "They out-played us from the beginning."
The lead grew to 32-11 on a basket by Socrates Larrieux, but St. Frances began to fight back, going on a 9-1 run to pull to within 33-20.
Towson Catholic wins
Earlier in the night, host school and No. 19 Towson Catholic defeated Bullis Prep of Montgomery County, 68-64 in overtime, for its second win.
Senior center Damian Hocker scored a game-high 28 points and pulled down 16 rebounds and Deone Carter added 15, six coming in the overtime period.
The Owls played the two-day mixer without sophomore point guard Lafonte Johnson, who is indefinetely out because of "a school-related matter" said Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel.
Tied at 56 in overtime, Hocker hit a short jumper. After a free throw by Neil Streeter, Carter converted two free throws for a 60-57 lead with 2: 06 remaining.
Bullis Prep pulled within one on two occasions, but Towson Catholic was able to avoid full-court pressure, leading to layups by Dominic Fulcher. Two more free throws by Carter put the Owls ahead 66-61 with 35 seconds left.
Calvert Hall routs Central
Calvert Hall completed a 3-0 opening week of the season with a 53-38 victory over Central of Prince George's County, ranked No. 9 in the Washington area.
Senior shooting guard Juan Dixon scored a game-high 21.
Pub Date: 12/08/96