DaJuan Summers scored the first 12 points of the game and 14 of his team's first 15 points to give No. 11 McDonogh a 15-0 lead on the way to a 73-42 romp over host and No. 9 Aberdeen in the final of the latter's invitational last night.
Summers, a 6-foot-8 junior, finished with 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half and had 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in a matchup of two teams nicknamed Eagles.
Summers dominated Aberdeen's 7-foot Robbie Jackson inside and showed his versatility by going outside to show off his smooth jumper. Summers held Jackson, who had been averaging 20 points, to eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
"He didn't respect my jumper. ... I was kind of surprised he didn't come out to stop it," said Summers, who took tournament MVP honors.
Aberdeen coach Richard Hart said Summers is "a heck of an athlete and posed a lot of problems for Robbie because of his quickness."
In addition to Summers' huge game, McDonogh (10-2) also got 14 points and five rebounds from 6-5 sophomore Joe Yermal and the Eagles played outstanding defense with only Kashif Brown scoring in double figures for Aberdeen (4-3) with 15 points. McDonogh's swarming half-court, man-to-man defense paid dividends.
Aberdeen's attempt to get back into the game by firing up three-pointers was futile because of the McDonogh pressure. Down 32-23 at the half, Aberdeen was 0-for-7 on three-pointers in the third period and trailed 56-29 going into the last eight minutes.
Aberdeen hit only three of 29 attempts from long distance.
"Our kids have bought into our defensive philosophy," said Matt MacMullan. "And I think DaJuan had an advantage in quickness on Jackson tonight."
No. 1 Mount St. Joseph 64, Pallotti 43: The Gaels (10-1) beat the visiting Panthers (9-2) with a 15-0 run in the third quarter to break the game open.
Courtney Thomas won the Most Outstanding Player award in the tournament with his second double double in a row, scoring 10 points with 13 rebounds.
No. 5 Archbishop Spalding 69, Don Bosco (N.J.) 64: The Cavaliers (12-1) beat the Knights (6-1) in overtime behind Daniel Palumbo's 19 points off the bench.
Spalding rallied from 14 down with two minutes left on two key three-pointers from Palumbo. Spalding's leading scorer Justin Castleberry scored 23 points.
Pittsburgh-bound Tyrell Biggs of Don Bosco scored 27 points.
No. 8 Douglass 74, St. Paul's 47: Tyrone Flemming scored 15 points to power the Ducks (5-2) past the Crusaders in the second round of the Wes Unseld Mixer at CCBC-Catonsville.
Antoine Smithson added 13 to help Douglass' cause.
No. 12 Old Mill 78, Northern-Calvert 41: Shane Rickmon and Alex Buchholz had 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Old Mill (6-0) downed Northern-Calvert in the first round of the Huntington Tournament in Calvert County.
No. 5 IND 65, Broadneck 47: All-Metro player Chandrea Jones had a double double with 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight steals in the win over the Bruins (3-5).
Six-foot center Brooks Webster also had a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians (8-2).
IND will play either Queen Anne's or Severn in the championship game of the Queen Anne's tournament.
No. 5 River Hill 67, Old Mill 42: Brittany Gordon and Kiesha Eaddy totaled 47 points, 26 and 21, to power the Hawks (7-0) past the Patriots (4-2) in the first round of the Woodlawn Tournament.