Looking to avenge an earlier overtime loss to No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, No. 7 Calvert Hall ventured into Irvington, Sunday afternoon, and built a 15 point fourth quarter lead.  The Gaels, however, stormed all the way back to tie the contest in the final minute, before the Cardinals pushed back for a thrilling, 69-66, MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League basketball victory.

Calvert Hall (21-3, 10-3 MIAA, 7-2 BCL) had five players score in double figures, and it was just enough to offset another terrific performance by St. Joe’s trio of Phil Booth, Jaylen Adams and Jordan McNeil, which combined for 59 points in the setback.

St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey summed it up best with one sentence. “It was a tale of two halves.”

The Gaels (21-4, 9-3, 7-3) led at the half 31-25, but they were outscored 44-35 in the second half, when Calvert Hall’s Drew Edwards (16 points), Evan Phoenix (13 points), and Nico Clareth (13 points) all stepped up for coach John Bauersfeld.

Chris Wallace and Reggie Rouse also contributed 10 points each for the Cardinals, and Wallace had eight rebounds.  Phoenix added seven rebounds and four blocks and Edwards had five rebounds and two assists.

“I thought the first five minutes of the fourth quarter, they really came out being the aggressor and made some plays, and it swung the momentum,” said Clatchey.  “We dug ourselves a hole and fought back, and we made some plays at the end, but came up short.

“They’re a good team, they compete, and they’re well coached.”

The Mount’s Phil Booth led all scorers with 26 points, and he hit a clutch three with 37 seconds to go in regulation that cut the Hall lead to one (67-66).  That was countered by two free throws from Rouse, who delivered a clutch trey of his own down the stretch, to give the Cards a three point lead.  The Gaels got the ball into Booth’s hands with 2.7 seconds left, and he launched a shot from near half court at the buzzer but it missed the mark.

“The key to the win was the defensive effort in the second half,” said Bauersfeld.  “We picked up the intensity.  You’ve got to get different people to step up, one guy can’t do it.  I’m so proud of what they brought to the table against a phenomenal team.”

Bauersfeld praised the Gaels.  “That’s a great team, and it was another great game.”

The Hall was 16-for-20 from the free throw line in the second half, another major factor in the win. Adams finished with 19 points for the Mount and McNeil added 14.

Next, the Hall will take on Archbishop Spalding on Monday night in Anne Arundel County, and the Gaels will visit Loyola on Wednesday night.

CH   10  15  19  25  —  69
MSJ 13  18  11  24  —  66
Calvert Hall:
Duckett  7, Phoenix 13, Clareth 13, Rouse 10,  Edwards 16, Wallace 10.
Mount St. Joseph: Booth 26, Adams 19, McNeil 14, Doran 4, Barnes 2, Johnson 1.