No. 3 Gaels end John Carroll’s title reign; West’s 41 power Panthers to rematch with BL


Jamal West struggled in St. Frances Academy’s loss to Mount St. Joseph Friday evening. The junior forward got back on track in ginormous way Tuesday.

West scored 41 points, leading the No. 4 Panthers to a 106-64 rout of Annapolis Area Christian School in a MIAA A Conference basketball quarterfinal match in East Baltimore. Rajier Jones added 12 points and junior guard Adrian Baldwin finished with 11.

The Panthers (31-5 overall) will play at No. 6 Boys’ Latin School in a MIAA A final four match Thursday evening. The Lakers eliminated No. 13 Glenelg Country School in a quarterfinal match in Roland Park.

West, named to the Baltimore Catholic League’s first-team Monday, converted 17 field goals Tuesday en route to his career high. Trailing 19-12 after one quarter, the Panthers went on a 32-22 run in the second for a 44-41 lead.

The Panthers kept rolling in the second half, scoring 62 points with West leading the surge with 18. Eleven players scored for St. Frances.

RJ Forbes led Annapolis Area Christian (14-10) with 19 points, and Eddie Scott finished with 14. It was the first MIAA A playoff game for the Eagles, who joined the A last season.

In a rematch of last year’s MIAA A semifinal, St. Frances will take on Boys’ Latin inside the Gelston Center. The Lakers stunned the Panthers in East Baltimore for their first MIAA A final.

St. Frances defeated then-No. 1 Boys’ Latin, 80-63, a couple of weeks ago.

In a rematch of last year’s other MIAA A semifinal, No. 3 Mount St. Joseph posted a 73-53 victory over John Carroll School at the Smith Center.

LSU commit James Bishop, the newly selected Baltimore Catholic League Player of the Year, finished with 16 points for the Gaels (25-6). Senior Wesley Chairs scored all 15 of his points in the opening half.

Tied at 20 after one quarter, Mount St. Joseph outscored the Patriots, 20-9, for a 40-29 halftime lead. Tyler Brelsford finished with 12 points.

Cesar Tchilombo had 13 points for John Carroll (5-24), which won the MIAA A crown a year ago. The Patriots next play at St. Maria Goretti in the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament quarterfinals Feb. 27.

Mount St. Joseph welcomes No. 11 McDonogh School for a MIAA A semifinal Thursday at Smith Center. The winner plays the St. Frances/Boys’ Latin survivor, Sunday night at APGCU Arena at Harford Community College for the title.

MIAA A Conference basketball quarterfinals

No. 3 Mount St. Joseph 73, John Carroll School 53

John Carroll –  Vaughn 2, Long 4, Ziegler 2, Meads 9, Commander 7, Jakubowski 5, Tchilombo 13, Bryant 9, Ziegler 2. Totals 22 4-8 53.

Mount St. Joseph – Crawley 5, Brelsford 12, Bishop 16, Chairs 15, Edokpayi 4, Sykes 4, Smith 1, Brown 3. Totals 29 8-16 73.

John Carroll 20 9 17 7 – 53

Mount St. Joseph 20 20 21 12 – 73

No. 4 St. Frances Academy 106, Annapolis Area Christian School 64

Annapolis Area Christian – Scott 14, Celcis 11, Borden 8, Ritter 9, Forbes 19, Marshall 3. Totals 26 4-5 64.

St. Frances – Jones 12, Baldwin 11, Brown 6, Taylor 5, Staten 6, Murphy 8, West 41, Balogun 6, Toles 4, Smith 2, Montague 2. Totals 44 15-19 106.

Halftime – St. Frances 44, Annapolis Area Christian 41