The lone upset in yesterday's Baltimore Catholic League tournament quarterfinals at the Towson Center set up a semifinal today between the two teams that have won the most league titles during the 90s.
Fifth-seeded St. Frances pulled off the surprise, outlasting No. 4 seed Calvert Hall, 58-54 in overtime, presenting 12th-year coach William Wells with his 300th career victory.
The Panthers (11-9) play defending champion and top-ranked Towson Catholic (25-5), a 78-29 winner over Cardinal Gibbons and outgoing coach Bryan Moorhouse, in tonight's 7: 15 semifinal.
No. 4-ranked Archbishop Spalding (27-4) and Hagerstown's St. Maria Goretti (31-5), the Nos. 2 and No. 3 seeds respectively, meet in today's 3: 30 semifinal. The winners of the two semifinals play for the championship tomorrow night at 7: 30.
St. Frances won the regular-season title last year, but Towson Catholic won the tournament and a subsequent playoff game over the Panthers to earn a berth in the Alhambra.
It was Towson Catholic's third tournament title during the 90s and fifth since 1989 under coach Mike Daniel.
"We're hoping to pull off the upset [today], " said Wells, whose Panthers lost to Towson Catholic by scores of 51-32 and 53-43 this season.
"If our kids can play like they did tonight, we can play with them. It's a great rivalry with TC."
A basket by Tim Payne (game-high totals of 21 points, 16 boards) with 28 seconds left in overtime and Keon Johnson's layup with nine seconds to go lifted the Panthers over No. 10 Calvert Hall (18-12).
Jamal Jacobs added 11 points and five rebounds for St. Frances.
Calvert Hall's Reggie Bryant (17 points) made a pair of free throws with 1.2 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 50 and send the game into overtime.
No. 1 Towson Catholic 78, Gibbons 29: Towson Catholic built a 35-14 halftime lead using a balanced attack and coasted to a victory over Gibbons in what was the final game for the Crusaders' Moorhouse.
Gil Goodrich led four Owls in double digits with 14 points.
Moorhouse retired after 30 years as a player and coach at Gibbons.
No. 4 Spalding 62, Loyola 44: Tremaine Robinson scored 19 to lead the Cavaliers over seventh-seeded Loyola (12-20).The Cavs also got 16 points from Aleksandar Pavlovic and 11 from James Bowen.
Taking a 40-30 lead into the last quarter, the Cavaliers turned it up more to their liking, at fast speed.
Snowden held the Dons' Tim Hyle, who had 24 points in the teams' last meeting, to nine. Loyola had only two players in double figures in scoring, with Mike Bosica and Chris Clunie scoring 10 points each.
Robinson (seven rebounds, two assists) had 11 of his 19 points in the first half. Pavlovic and Bowen combined for 16 as the Cavs maintained an 11-point margin, 21-10, at the end of the first quarter and 31-20 at intermission.
Goretti 64, No. 18 Mount St. Joseph 53: Third-seed Goretti eliminated Mount St. Joseph (17-14). The Gaels from Hagerstown made 17 of 22 free-throw attempts in the final quarter to pull away from a 43-43 tie after three quarters.
Goretti had a distinct advantage in free throws, going 26-for-33 at the line for the game to the sixth-seeded Mount's 13-for-19.
Lee Green hit seven of eight free-throw attempts (11-for-12 total) in the last quarter. Green finished with 13 points while Brad Runkles scored 14 and Anthony Sowers added 12.
Mount St. Joseph's 6-foot-7 Sean Johnson scored 16 of his game-high 23 points and grabbed eight of his game-high 12 rebounds in the first half as Mount St. Joseph built a 28-22 lead.
Pub Date: 2/28/99