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Sprained ankle might keep Spalding's Gay out this week


The sprained right ankle of Archbishop Spalding's Rudy Gay has turned out to be more serious than first thought.

Gay sprained the ankle in Saturday's 49-39 victory by No. 3 Spalding at No. 12 McDonogh.

The sprain of the 6-foot-9 Gay has been changed from "mild" to "severe" by coach Mike Glick. Gay may not play again until next week.

"We're taking it day to day and we don't want to rush it, " said Glick.

"He's making improvement, but nothing significant."

Gay, the Cavaliers' leading scorer (21.2) and rebounder (9.3), has missed the last three games (all wins).

Glick said Gay is questionable for Saturday's 8 p.m. game against Philadelphia's Cardinal Dougherty (17-4) at Villanova.

Dougherty is ranked No. 6 in the USA Today East Region rankings after falling from No. 25 with a 62-57 loss to nationally No. 1-ranked Oak Hill Academy.

The game will be televised live on Comcast, CN8.

The Cavaliers (22-4, 10-2) have two Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA A Conference games left. Spalding plays host to Loyola (7-21, 0-13) Sunday at 5 p.m. and travels to No. 4 Mount St. Joseph (23-3, 11-1) on Tuesday for a game that should decide first place.

Meanwhile, MIAA officials have changed the dates of the MIAA A Conference tournament to Thursday, Feb. 19 for the quarterfinals.

The A Conference semifinals will be played at the higher seeds on Feb. 21 and the final at Villa Julie on Feb. 23.

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