Despite competitive efforts by both clubs, Baltimore’s two entries in the 2014 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, at Frostburg State University, lost in the opening round, Thursday evening.

St. Joe, which topped Calvert Hall in a thrilling overtime battle, earlier this month, in the final of the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament, fell to Bishop O’Connell, 72-66, Thursday.

The Gaels (32-5) were fighting up hill all night, after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter.  They battled back to claim a 12-11 lead, late in the opening quarter, but O’Connell roared back in front and led by as many as 12 in the second quarter.

Ever resilient, St. Joe went on a 10-2 run in the fourth quarter to tie the contest, at 64-64, before the Knights outscored the Gaels 8-2 down the stretch.

Jaylen Adams scored 19 points to lead the Gaels, while Phil Booth netted 18 and Jordan McNeil finished with 16 points.

Calvert Hall (28-7) started strong in its battle with DeMatha, but also ultimately spent most of the night chasing its opponent before falling, 68-60.

The Cardinals led 14-10 at the end of one quarter, as Drew Edwards scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the quarter.  DeMatha, however, went on top early in the second quarter and never gave up the lead, despite a few runs by the Hall.

Evan Phoenix scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Calvert Hall, while Sean Mayberry also scored 11 points for the Cards.

Both teams will return to action on Friday afternoon.  Calvert Hall will face tournament host Bishop Walsh at 4:00 p.m. and St. Joe will challenge Benedictine (VA) at 5:45 p.m.  Should both teams win, or lose, they would face each other for the fourth time this year, on Saturday.