Donte Greene and Malcolm Delaney stepped up in the fourth quarter for No. 1 Towson Catholic to turn away host Archbishop Spalding, 59-43, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference boys basketball game last night.
The game was tied at 32 entering the fourth quarter before Delaney scored 11 of his 17 points to give the Owls (16-3, 8-0) the lead. Despite Towson Catholic's shooting 20-for-33 from the free-throw line, Delaney and Greene (20 points) made eight of 10 from the line in the final quarter to lead the Owls' comeback.
"I'm going to give Towson Catholic their credit," Cavaliers coach Dale Chambers said. "Their two best players stepped up and elevated their game in the fourth quarter."
Towson Catholic started sluggish and trailed 22-21 at halftime. Julian Watson (12 points) scored eight points in the first half to pace Spalding (6-14, 1-6).
"[Spalding] played up well," Owls coach Josh Pratt said. "We just came out really flat, but we [rose] above it. You get everybody's best game. As you climb in wins, more people want to beat you and take you out. Spalding gave a great effort, and that's what kept them in the game."
No. 11 McDonogh 78, No. 2 St. Frances 68 -- The Eagles (14-5) outscored the host Panthers (16-4) 24-12 in the third quarter after being down 25-20 at the half. Brandon Herbet and Joseph Yermal scored 23 points each for McDonogh. Sean Moseley led St. Frances with 24 points.
No. 3 Mount St. Joseph 62, St. John's Catholic Prep49 -- The Gaels (15-3) used a strong second half to defeat the host Vikings. Dino Gregory scored 21 and added six blocks. Henry Sims had a double double (10 points, 11 rebounds) for the Gaels..
No. 12 Cardinal Gibbons 33, No. 10 Loyola 32 -- Paul Kouvaris scored 15 points to lead the host Crusaders (12-6) over the Dons (12-5). After being tied at 23 at the half, both teams struggled offensively in the second half.
No. 4 Arundel 78, No. 12 Southern 46 -- Ashley Davis had a game-high 25 points plus five rebounds, five assists and two steals for the visiting Wildcats (11-3) as they defeated the Bulldogs. Arundel went 21-for-26 from the foul line. Simone Egwu added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals for the Wildcats. Brittany Wiseman and Heather Schneck each had 15 points for the Bulldogs.
No. 8 Mount Hebron 72, North Harford 28 -- Brittaney Bowen scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, as the host Vikings (13-1) cruised past the Hawks (6-5).
No. 10 Old Mill 55, Chesapeake-AA 29 -- Kiara Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds as the host Patriots improved to 13-1.