McDonogh’s Noah Locke surpasses 2,000 career points; MIAA A Conference roundup and playoff scenarios

Entering Wednesday’s MIAA A Conference game at Archbishop Spalding, McDonogh senior star Noah Locke needed just 13 points to reach 2,000 career points. Locke doubled that, scoring 26, to lead the Eagles to a 59-50 victory over the host Cavaliers.

Earlier this month, Locke became McDonogh’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing the previous record owned by his brother Kayel.

McDonogh (14-12 overall, 7-9 MIAA A) is locked in as the third seed in the Black Division of the A Conference, for the upcoming playoffs. Spalding (4-23 overall) fell to 2-15 in the league.

Elsewhere in the league, Mount St. Joseph (27-3, 16-1) stretched its winning streak to 19 games with a 78-71 win at Our Lady of Mount Carmel (12-21, 5-12), heading into Friday’s showdown for first place in the Red Division, at top-ranked St. Frances. Also on Wednesday, St. Frances snapped a two-game losing streak with a 68-49 win over Glenelg Country.

In addition, St. Vincent Pallotti (23-9 overall, 12-6) edged Loyola (14-13, 8-9), 56-53, in overtime and Calvert Hall (10-16, 9-8) edged Gilman (1-10, 3-14), 68-66.

The Dons visit Calvert Hall on Friday and winner will get the final playoff spot out of the Red Division. If Calvert Hall wins, it will take the fourth-seed outright. If Loyola wins, the two teams will be tied with a head-to-head split. The tiebreaker would go to Loyola because of its earlier win over St. Frances.

When the MIAA A Conference playoffs open up next week. Either St. Joe or St. Frances will be the top seed from the Red Division and the other will be the second seed. Pallotti will be the third seed.

John Carroll (21-7, 13-2), which suffered its second straight loss on Wednesday, a 72-61 Baltimore Catholic League loss to St. Maria Goretti, has clinched the top seed in the Black Division. The Patriots are just in front of second-place Boys’ Latin (23-5, 12-4), who they will host on on Friday. If BL wins and John Carroll also loses its final regular season game, on Sunday against Glenelg Country, the teams would be tied, but JC holds the tie-break because of a season-sweep of Annapolis Area Christian, with whom the Lakers split.

In the playoff quarterfinals, next Tuesday, John Carroll will host either Calvert Hall or Loyola and Boys’ Latin will host St. Vincent Pallotti.

Mount Carmel, which will be the fourth seed in the Black Division, will visit the top-seed from the Red Division, either St. Joe or St. Frances, while McDonogh will visit the other.

The winners will advance to the semifinals next Thursday, with those winners playing in the league championship game on Sunday, Feb. 25 at Harford Community College’s Aberdeen Proving Ground FCU Arena.