It came down to the boards and Towson Catholic's dominance, along with a pair of 14-year-old freshmen, was the difference last night as the No. 4 Owls (21-5) posted a 57-46 victory at No. 7 Dulaney.
Towson Catholic's marquee junior, 6-foot-7 Carmello Anthony (seven rebounds) got into foul trouble and scored 13 points, low for him. Freshmen Jamal Smith and Darren Hopkins, who scored 13 and nine points, respectively, picked up the veteran.
The visitors outrebounded the host Lions (19-2) by 37-18 with 29 of those rebounds coming on the defensive side. The Owls' post players, 6-7 sophomore Byron Joynes and 6-6 senior Ivan Griffin, had 12 rebounds each.
Second shots were almost non-existent for the Lions, who had just seven rebounds on the offensive end as Joynes had 10 of his on the defensive end and Griffin eight of his on the Lions' offensive side.
Dulaney got within nine twice late in the final period thanks to a pair of three-pointers and eight points by Julius Crossland.