Frostburg -- Leading by just six points at the half, Towson Catholic blew the game open with a hot third quarter in a 70-46 rout of St. John's of Washington in the first round of the 47th Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament at Frostburg State last night.
The top-ranked Owls (32-4) will play Neumann-Goretti (25-5) of Philadelphia, a 65-51 winner last night over Benedictine (27-3) of Richmond, Va. Tonight's winner will advance to tomorrow's championship game.
McDonald's All-American Donte Greene led the Owls with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Malcolm Delaney contributed 17 points and four rebounds.
Greene, who will play at Syracuse, and Delaney, who is headed for Virginia Tech, were two of four Owls in double figures. LaShon Edwards and Brandon Greene (game-high 11 rebounds) were the other two with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
"We were concerned with Chris Wright and Vlad [Moldoveanu] and as the game went on, we made our adjustments," coach Josh Pratt said.
"We did a lot of sagging on Wright because we knew they like to do a lot of high screens and rolls with Vlad. We focused on those two guys not beating us."
Wright, another of the three McDonald's All-Americans in the tournament, scored a game-high 25 for the D.C. area's fourth-ranked Cadets (24-8), but was shut down in the crucial third quarter, as was Moldoveanu, who had only eight points in the game.
Averaging 30 points a game this season, the Georgetown-bound Wright, a 6-foot-1 guard, led the Baltimore-D.C. area in scoring and is St. John's all-time leading scorer with more than 2,400 points.
Pratt was concerned with his team's two-week layoff before the Alhambra, but Delaney pointed to how well-rested the team was.
"We only had four practices since beating St. Joe in the [Baltimore Catholic League] final, but we're well-rested and that helped us out," Delaney said.
"St. John's looked like they were getting tired, but we had a lot of stamina."
Towson Catholic out-rebounded St. John's 35-26 and shot 51 percent from the field, compared with the Cadets' 36 percent.