Within the opening 14 minutes of its contest at McDonogh last night, Calvert Hall missed its first 20 shots from the floor.
But how the No. 6-ranked Cardinals finished is what counted, and they slid past the No. 12 Eagles, 50-43, in a non-league, Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association match.
Senior swingman Reggie Bryant led Calvert Hall (5-2) with 13 points, and Delbert Randall added 11. Owen Daly scored a game-high 15 to lead McDonogh (2-4), and junior guard David Lunn had 11.
Bryant, mired in foul difficulty for most of the contest, came to life when the offensively listless Cardinals needed him most, scoring nine points in the final quarter.
The 6-foot-2 Bryant packed seven of those points into a two-minute stretch midway in the final period, turning a 32-31 deficit into a 38-34 advantage with 2: 52 remaining.
The Cardinals enjoyed an eight-point cushion with 33 seconds left, finishing with points in their final 10 possessions, 16-for-19 from the free-throw line in the last period.
"I really thought we kept our composure at the end," said Calvert Hall coach Mark Amatucci, whose team managed only 11 field goals. "We were able to get Reggie going when we had to, and we play very good defense."
After hitting two free throws to give Calvert Hall only its second lead of the game, Bryant gave the Cardinals the upper hand permanently, dropping in a 15-foot jumper and converting a three-point play for a 38-34 lead.
"I got some early fouls, trying to play more aggressive than I did on Saturday," said Bryant, talking of last Saturday's loss to Montrose Christian, of Rockville. "It was just a matter of us sticking with it, and the shots started falling."
With Bryant, as well as Randall, in foul trouble and three-for-26 shooting in the first half, Calvert Hall trailed only 19-17.
A jumper off the glass by Bryant gave the Cardinals their first advantage at 20-19 early in the third quarter, but McDonogh ran off the next seven to build a 26-20 lead.
Pub Date: 12/17/98