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Big game by Bryant helps Calvert Hall upset No. 3 Spalding; Cardinals' FT accuracy late in game is difference


Senior swingman Reggie Bryant went 9-for-9 at the free throw line and scored a field goal in the final quarter to finish with 32 points as No. 9-ranked Calvert Hall upset No. 3 Archbishop Spalding, 59-48 in Towson last night.

The host Cardinals (16-9) sank 14 of 17 attempts from the foul line in the last eight minutes after starting the period with a 41-38 lead.

Calvert Hall was 22-for-26 for the game from the line with Bryant (five rebounds) their only player in double digits in what was a sloppy game with 46 turnovers -- 26 by the Hall, 20 by Spalding.

"Defense is what did it for us along, with a great all-around game from Reggie despite all the turnovers," said Cardinal coach Mark Amatucci. "They forced a lot of turnovers, but on the plus side we took advantage of theirs by getting to the line."

Spalding was just 3-for-4 in free throws.

It was previously top-ranked Spalding's second straight loss, leaving the Cavaliers (21-4) at 9-2, a game behind No. 2 Towson Catholic in Catholic League play. The Owls took a 63-60 decision over Spalding Sunday.

The victory also avenged Calvert Hall's 70-54 loss at Spalding on Jan. 17 despite the loss of 6-5 junior forward Del Randall to a hip injury in the first two minutes of the game. Chris Knoerlein came in and dished off five assists, had a block and three boards.

Calvert Hall is 5-6 in league play and it was a big win for the Cardinals over a Spalding team that does not resemble the club of a month ago.

Spalding has lost 7-foot senior center Derrick Goode for the season with a broken right foot that he sustained in the Towson Catholic game and usually high-scoring Tremaine Robinson was held to just four points last night. Robinson, a 6-3 swingman, has a nagging toe injury and did not practice all week.

"We thought Tremaine had a broken toe, but he came off the bench and played some tonight," said Spalding coach Tony Martin, whose team is playing its second season in the prestigious Catholic League.

Aleksander Pavlovic, a 6-8 senior forward, led Spalding with 12 points and James Bowen had 10.

"Injuries aside, we have a lot of maturing to do and I will be very interested to see how we respond on Sunday (when the Cavs play host to Mount St. Joseph at 3.30 p.m)," said Martin.

Spalding tied the game at 44 on Darren Johnson's basket on a feed from point guard Derrick Snowden (eight points, five boards, three assists, five steals) with five minutes remaining. The Hall answered with six straight points to take a 50-44 lead and set up a crucial technical on Johnson that led to a nine-point lead.

"That was big because we were in the game until that technical," said Martin, who while talking to a reporter was told by the departing Johnson, "Sorry, coach, I won't do that again."

Pub Date: 2/13/99

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