Whether No. 15 St. Frances is contending for league championships or battling through a losing season, the Panthers can always count on having their hands full when they visit Blakefield to play the Loyola Dons.
That tradition held true on Monday as Loyola senior erupted for 38 points to lead the host Dons to a 71-68 victory over visiting St. Frances in MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League action.
The Dons were on the verge of getting blown out, as they trailed 47-26 with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left in the third quarter, but rallied behind Lewis, who was virtually unstoppable in the second half. The senior scored 32 of his 38 points over the final two quarters.
The only other Don in double-figures was JJ Halaby, who scored 12 points.
Earl Penn led St. Frances with 21 points.
With the victory, Loyola improves to 6-11 overall and 2-9 in the MIAA A Conference. It also got the Dons in the win column for the first time in the BCL, where they are 1-5. St. Frances (9-13 overall), which had won two straight to climb back into the MIAA A Conference playoff chase, fell back to 4-7 in the league and is still two back of Boys’ Latin in the loss column for fourth place in the Red Division. Only four from the division will qualify for the post-season. St. Frances is now 2-6 in the BCL.