Mount Carmel guard Troy Franklin didn't have his best game last night.
The Towson-bound senior was efficient, scoring 13 points with seven assists and six steals against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference rival St. Mary's. But he committed six turnovers and shot just 5-for-14 from the field.
He came through when his team needed him the most, though. With 20 seconds left in the game, and the score tied at 57, he stole the ball from the Saints' Ronnie Hoffman and raced in for the game-winning layup as the No. 9 Cougars escaped with a 59-57 victory.
"He does a little bit of everything all over the floor," Mount Carmel coach Tom Rose said of Franklin.
On St. Mary's next possession, Franklin grabbed a crucial rebound to get the Cougars (15-1) the ball back. The Saints (11-6) had one more chance with 1.9 seconds left, but Franklin stole the inbounds pass to seal the victory.
St. Mary's Nicholas Groce had a game-high 23 points, with 14 coming in the first quarter, including four three-pointers.
Dwayne Wheeler and Stanford McNair each had 14 points for Mount Carmel.
No. 5 City 81, Dunbar 71 -- Malik Pack led a strong defensive effort in the second half as the Knights (7-1) overcame a halftime deficit on the road. City's Adam Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, and he had 11 rebounds.
No. 3 Western 49, Poly 35 -- Akeema Richards had 16 points, 14 rebounds and five steals to lead the Doves (9-2) past the host Engineers.
No. 7 Hereford 36, No. 6 John Carroll 30 -- Jeremy Keil (152 pounds), Josh Asper (171) and Brian McCrea (heavyweight) pinned their opponents as the Bulls (8-1) took down the Patriots.