A strong inside performance from junior forward DaJuan Summers and an efficient effort everywhere else led McDonogh to a 66-56 win over visiting Archbishop Spalding in boys basketball last night.
Summers finished with a game-high 27 points and added 11 rebounds, and the No. 10 Eagles had only six turnovers against the No. 5 Cavaliers' pressing defense.
The Eagles improved to 12-3 overall and 3-3 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association; the Cavaliers dropped to 13-4, 2-2.
"Coming in, we knew they were going to press us a lot of different ways, and we knew we would have to take care of the ball," said McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan. "The kids did a pretty good job of that, making the extra pass, and they showed a lot of poise."
Summers' play inside and five three-pointers helped the Eagles to a 49-39 lead with 7:14 to play. But the Cavaliers, who got a team-high 16 points from senior Justin Castleberry, cut the lead to 57-55 on a jumper from Marquis Sullivan (15 points) with 1:45 left.
McDonogh hit seven of 10 free throws in the final minutes to take control.
No. 11 Old Mill 87, Chesapeake-AA 76: Despite Kerwin Porter's 42 points, the visiting Cougars fell to the Patriots (8-1). Porter finished with six three-pointers. Shane Rickmon led the Patriots with 21 points, six rebounds and three steals.
No. 1 Mount St. Joseph 79, Loyola 57: Senior point guard Brian Johnson recorded 19 points, eight assists and three steals to lead the host Gaels (13-1).
No. 3 Towson Catholic 52, Calvert Hall 47: The visiting Owls improved to 14-1, fending off the Cardinals (13-4) with the help of some key fourth-quarter free throws from Malcolm Delaney (13 points).
No. 13 Glen Burnie 45, North County 32: Dave Brown made a three-point play with 1:32 remaining to start at a 10-0 run for the Gophers (8-1).
No.15 Long Reach 48, Mount Hebron 42: After trailing 28-22 at the half, the Lightning (9-2) came back to hold the Vikings scoreless in the third quarter to take the win at home.