After a lopsided loss in Bel Air last month, and a narrow home win over John Carroll last week, No. 2 Calvert Hall finally imposed its will on the fourth-ranked Patriots, Thursday night in Towson. The Cardinals followed the lead their three senior stars to a 75-61 MIAA A Conference semifinal victory over the Patriots.
Drew Edwards, Evan Phoenix and Nico Clareth combined for 55 points to lead Calvert Hall back to the MIAA A Conference championship game for a second straight year. The Cardinals will meet top-ranked Our Lady of Mount Carmel, at UMBC on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars topped No. 9 St. Frances, 73-57, in the Thursday’s other semifinal.
Edwards had 25 points for the Hall, Phoenix netted 18 and Clareth added 10. Edwards was a torrid 15-of-16 at the free throw line for the Cardinals, and he was a steadying influence on both ends of the floor.
“The key was executing their zone,” said the Cardinal sharp-shooter. “They’re known for playing that one and I played the middle and that allowed me to dish the ball, and we made good plays, and we made shots.”
Edwards said that the team focus was unbelievable.
“We came out, and we played defense, and we had a mind-set that we were going to get this win.”
Edwards had high praise for the Patriots Kimbal Mackenzie.
“He’s a great shooter. He was shooting off the dribble, and he carried his team on his back. He makes the best decisions. He can really go and he can score the ball.”
Mackenzie had 26 points for the Pats and Kevin Kangu threw in 20 for head coach Tony Martin.
The game was tied 2-2 at the outset, but after Nico Clareth hit a jumper, the Hall took a lead that they would never surrender. John Carroll trailed by eleven at the half, and by ten after three quarters of play.
The tenacious Patriots got as close as five with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, when Mackenzie nailed a three and Immanuel Quickly hit a free throw. But, Justin Gorham, Edwards and Phoenix answered with consecutive buckets to give the Hall a 57-47 lead, and that was all she wrote.
Edwards said it was a huge win. “That’s the goal we set at the beginning of the year.”
NO. 2 CALVERT HALL 75, NO. 4 JOHN CARROLL 61
JC 12 12 15 22 — 61
CH 17 18 14 26 — 75
John Carroll: Long 6, Mackenzie 26 Kangu 20, Tertsea 4, Urmilevicius 3, Quickly 2.
Calvert Hall: Rouse 8, Gorham 6, Docket 4, Bahar 2, Phoeniz 18, Clareth 12, Edwards 25.