Malik Tyne got his redemption.
After a failed play that personified his team’s harrowing fourth quarter, the John Carroll School junior forward scored five points in overtime, including two free throws with 2.6 seconds left that iced the No. 11 Patriots’ thrilling 47-44 victory over second-ranked Calvert Hall College in a MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League tilt in Bel Air early Tuesday evening.
“It was an amazing feeling,” said Tyne, who scored a team-high 11 points off the bench for the Patriots (21-12 overall). “I’ve never been in a moment where I’ve been clutch and had to shoot free throws [to win the game]. It was a good experience for me and the guys.”
The victory solidifies John Carroll’s hold on fourth (8-6) in the MIAA A Conference standings in the final week of the regular season. The top six teams in the standings at regular season’s end qualify for next week’s league tournament.
The Patriots were in control, 37-26, in the fourth quarter, but Patriots starting point guard Elijah Long fouled out. The Cardinals (23-4 overall) scored 10 unanswered point to make it a 37-36 game with 52.6 seconds left. Tyne then went to the foul line for a one-and-one.
He missed his first attempt, but somehow snagged the rebound among four Cardinal defenders. He escaped and charged back to the hoop for a wide-open layup, but Calvert Hall junior Nico Clareth stripped him from behind.
“It was a little upsetting, but we got over it and fought back,” Tyne said.
Jordan Martin gave the Patriots a 38-36 advantage with a free throw, but Calvert Hall junior guard Drew Edwards nailed two free throws to send the game into overtime. The Cardinals grabbed their lead since the second quarter, 44-43, after T.J. Duckett’s putback.
Duckett was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw. The Cardinals didn’t score again as Tyne provided the final four points for John Carroll.
“He’s a spark guy; he can definitely score,” Patriotscoach Tony Martin said. “Getting him to understand how to play within a system is important, but his physical gifts are God-given and he’s a tough guy to guard.”
The difference from the team’s first meeting was evident early Tuesday. After a high-scoring affair in Towson last month, neither team reached 20 points until the third quarter. Calvert Hall connected on just one three-pointer after dropping 13 in the first meeting.
“The last time we played them, Nico [Clareth] had the best game I think a person can play,” Martin said. “He had seven threes and they had 13 threes all together. One our things was to make sure they did not get off at the 3-point line.”
The Patriots led 19-12 at halftime after holding Calvert Hall to a free throw in the second quarter. Three-pointers from junior Kimbal Mackenzie and Long were the only made field goals in the period.
“They did a good job running us off the shots and not letting us get comfortable on the offensive end,” Calvert Hall coach John Bauersfeld said. “They had a really good game plan against us to limit transition points, and they were able to dictate pace really well. We had some open looks, but they didn’t go down.”
Edwards scored a game-high 19 points for the Cardinals, who fell out of first in the MIAA A (10-4) and now trail Mount St. Joseph by a full game. Calvert Hall sits third in the BCL (8-3) behind Mount St. Joseph (11-3) and St. Frances (9-3) with three matches left.
Lionel Owona notched a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Patriots, who’ve won seven of their last eight decisions.
“We thought going into the season that we would be right there at the end,” Martin said. “We have some momentum as the season closes out.”
No. 11 John Carroll School 47, No. 2 Calvert Hall College 44
Calvert Hall – TJ Duckett 1 0-1 2, Evan Phoenix 4 3-4 11, Nico Clareth 1 2-3 4, Reggie Rouse 0 2-2 2, Drew Edwards 5 8-10 19, Chris Wallace 2 0-0 4. Totals 13 15-20 44.
John Carroll – Kimbal Mackenzie 3 2-2 10, Elijah Long 2 0-0 5, Jordan Martin 1 3-6 6, Malik Tyne 3 5-8 11, Lionel Owona 4 1-3 9, Mike Tertsea 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 11-19 47.