Cougars keep Locke in check in 67-55 victory; Felton has 17 (VIDEO HERE!!)

Mount Carmel boys’ basketball coach Hakim Hibbert (with clipboard) draws up a play during the fourth quarter of Friday’s MIAA A Conference match with McDonogh School. The Cougars handed the 11th-ranked Eagles their sixth straight loss with a 67-55 decision in Baltimore County.

by Donald Daniels

Noah Locke is primed to become McDonogh School’s all-time boys’ basketball scoring leader. The Eagles’ MIAA A Conference foes aren’t going to make it easy.

Mount Carmel defeated the 11th-ranked Eagles, 67-55, in a Black Division contest in Essex Friday evening. The backcourt of Dwight Felton and Dominic Carrington led the charge for Mount Carmel (12-16 overall, 5-10 MIAA A) with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

The Cougars mixed things up defensively throughout to fluster Locke, who will play for the University of Florida next season. The senior marksman had only nine points Friday after torching Mount Carmel for 35 (17 points in the fourth) in a 76-60 come-from-behind decision in December.

“I just told the guys tonight to really lock in against Noah [Locke] tonight,” Mount Carmel coach Hakim Hibbert said. “He’s going to make tough shots, that is what D1 athletes do, but we just had to stick with it and that’s what we did tonight.”

All of Locke’s scoring came from behind the arc as he connected on a 3-pointer in the second quarter and two long distance shots in the fourth. Locke (1,930), who had just six points Wednesday against No. 6 Boys’ Latin School, needs nine points to eclipse brother Kayel (1,938) atop the McDonogh’s all-time list.

The Eagles (12-11, 6-7 MIAA A), loser of six straight, plays at Boys’ Latin Monday evening.

“We just contested every shot that he [Locke] took,” Carrington said. “If he made them good for him, but we just kept coming at him and we didn’t stop.”

Mount Carmel got out to a 17-7 first quarter advantage in the first quarter with Miller and Brown doing most of the damage. Felton got in the act in the second as McDonogh struggled to find their rhythm offensively.

The Cougars maintain a double-digit lead, though Drew Green and Curtis Jacobs started to get things going for McDonogh. Jacobs, a sophomore and junior Green each finished with 19 points.

The fourth quarter belonged to Carrington (10 points in fourth) as he connected on seven free throws to close out the victory.  William Miller and Rasheed Brown also were in double figures with 15 and 13 points, respectively.

Mount Carmel travels to fourth-ranked Poly Saturday afternoon for a non-league contest.

“This team has really been growing since January and they are really starting to pick things up now,” Hibbert said.

Mount Carmel 67, No. 11 McDonogh School 55

McDonogh           7               11            13            24  –  55

Mount Carmel          17              17            14            27  –  67

McDonogh: Greene 19. Locke 9. Brown 6. Thomas 1. Jacobs 19. Total 18 10-16 55.

Mount Carmel: Miller 15. Brown 13. Carrington 15. Watson 7. Felton 17. Totals 17 13-18 67.