After McDonogh and Calvert Hall suffered blowout defeats at the Towson Catholic Mixer at Goucher College last night, the host and fifth-ranked Owls provided a happy ending, needing double overtime to turn away Archbishop Carroll of Washington, 83-79.
Junior guard Gil Goodrich led Towson Catholic (5-1) with 23 points and Keith Jenifer added 15. David Hawkins led Carroll (3-1) with a game-high 28 points.
After squandering a six-point lead in the first overtime, Towson -- VTC Catholic finally seized control in the second.
Trailing 76-75, Darnell Hopkins hit a jumper with three minutes left, giving the Owls the lead at 77-76. Two free throws by Steve Johnson and one by Goodirch extended the lead to 80-76 with 1: 41 remaining.
Carroll pulled to 80-78 after a rebound and layup by Jay Karimah, but a layup and free throw by Jenifer helped secured the outcome.
"These guys like giving me heart problems," said a relieved Towson Catholic coach Mike Daniel. "We have no dominant players, and we have to work hard for everything. We still got a long way to go."
The Owls trailed 67-64 with six seconds left in regulation. After two fouls by Carroll, Towson Catholic got the ball to Goodrich, one of the area's best three-point shooters, and he hit a three-pointer from 28 feet at the buzzer.
In the second game, Newport Prep of Kensington routed No. 10 McDonogh, 66-29, ending a long week for the Eagles.
On Wednesday, the Eagles (2-3) wasted a 16-point second-half lead against Towson Catholic, losing 55-47 and going scoreless in the final quarter. McDonogh was able to control the tempo against No. 4 Annapolis on Friday night, but fell 56-48.
Playing against a big and quick Newport Prep team, ranked No. 19 in the Washington area, McDonogh was overwhelmed.
The Eagles never enjoyed a lead against Newport Prep (4-1), whose front line measured 6-foot-9, 6-7 and 6-4, compared to 6-4 David Lunn being McDonogh's tallest player. Lunn and Eric King each scored six points to lead McDonogh. Victor Samnick led Newport Prep with 13.
No. 7 Calvert Hall fell behind early and never recovered, dropping a 77-53 decision to Montrose Christian of Rockville.
The Cardinals (4-2) trailed 19-5 after the opening quarter, but were able to cut the deficit in half by intermission, 34-27. The Mustangs outscored Calvert Hall, 28-10, to secure a 62-37 margin after three periods.
Jason Conley led Montrose with a game-high 24 points and Rob Monroe added 20. Senior forward Reggie Bryant led Calvert Hall with 18 points, and Delbert Randall and Jared Woodley each contributed 10.
Pub Date: 12/13/98