Struggling Archbishop Spalding missed an opportunity to pull off an upset of No. 3 Towson Catholic at home in Severn yesterday and dropped a 69-58 decision to the Owls in overtime.
The visitors won it at the free-throw line.
No. 5 Spalding fell behind 10-0 at the start, trailed by nine (31-22) at the half, was tied at 43 after three quarters and led 56-49 with 2:13 remaining in regulation.
A three-pointer by Owls senior Wendell Jones with 19 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 58. Spalding committed three turnovers during a 9-2 Owls run that wiped out a seven-point lead and forced overtime.
"I always hope for that kind of situation and sit on the bench and wait, ready to play. When it happens, I make sure I make the most out of the opportunity," said Jones, who also had a key three-pointer late in the third period.
Neither team hit a field goal in overtime, but Towson Catholic made 11 of 12 free-throw attempts for the road win, with senior guard Carroll Mitchell hitting six straight. The Owls missed one field-goal attempt, but the Cavaliers were 0-for-8 from the field.
Sophomore Malcolm Delaney, who led the Owls with 19 points, made all four of his free throws in overtime. Delaney had 13 points in the first half, but a box-and-one defense slowed him in the second half.
Despite early foul trouble, 6-foot-8 Lawrence Nwevo had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Owls.
"After Wendell hit the shot, I knew we had the momentum to pull it out in overtime," said Mitchell, who had 18 points.
"They were keeping the ball out of Malcolm's hands, so I had to step up."
Towson Catholic improved to 15-1 overall and 3-0 in both the Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.
It was Spalding's third league loss in seven days and fourth in five games overall. The Cavs are 14-5 overall, 1-2 in the BCL and 2-3 in the A Conference.
"We're struggling a little bit right now and going through some adversity after a tough road schedule," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, whose team was playing its first home game since Dec. 8.
Derek Young led the Cavaliers with 17 points and seven rebounds, but was ejected along with the Owls' Kimmie English with a minute left in regulation for an altercation between the two players.
Spalding's leading scorer, Marquis Sullivan, didn't start because he missed practice Saturday and scored only four points. Justin Castleberry and Dan Quinn combined for 22 points in his absence.
Towson Catholic played without 6-9 sophomore Donte Greene, who injured his left knee in a win over Calvert Hall at the beginning of last week.