Despite having star center Henry Sims in foul trouble, top-ranked Mount St. Joseph overcame a career-high 36 points by Jamar Briscoe to beat host Cardinal Gibbons, 68-63.
"I've never gotten that many points in a game, and not against Mount St. Joe, the No. 1 team in the area," said Briscoe, a McDonald's All-America nominee along with Sims and Sean Mosley of St. Frances.
"I was just trying to play hard and trying to get a big win. Henry killed us last game with 14 points and 20 rebounds, so we were focusing on Henry, but I take my hat off to their guards."
Briscoe hit four of his five three-point attempts (two in the last minute) and was 13-for-16 from the field. He also went 6-for-7 at the foul line.
It was the Gaels' second win over the cross-town rival Crusaders this season.
"I told Jamar Briscoe after the game that was one of the best performances I've ever seen by a player in this league," said Mount St. Joseph coach Pat Clatchey, whose team was led by 15 points from guard Eric Atkins, one of five Gaels who scored in double figures.
The others were guard Justin McCoy and forward Gerald Hill (12 points each), Sims (10 points, seven rebounds, four blocks) and guard Matt Miller (10).
"The kid was unbelievable," Clatchey said about Briscoe, a guard who surpassed 1,000 career points yesterday.
Mount St. Joseph (19-2) leads the Baltimore Catholic League (8-1) and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference (11-1).
The Crusaders are competing for the fourth seed in the BCL and A Conference.
Gibbons (14-9) is 6-5 in the BCL and stayed fourth because Loyola (13-5, 4-5) lost to Calvert Hall yesterday. All eight BCL teams qualify for its tournament.
In the A Conference, the top six of 10 teams qualify for that tournament, and Gibbons is sixth at 7-6 behind John Carroll (7-5).email@example.com
No. 6 St. Frances 65, St. Maria Goretti 39 -- The Panthers (18-7) outscored the visiting Gaels 25-11 in the second quarter and pulled away.
Calvert Hall 48, No. 10 Loyola 45 -- Sean Holmes hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift the host Cardinals (11-8) over the Dons.
Staff reports contributed to this article.