An amazing championship season for top-ranked Calvert Hall is coming to a gut-wrenching conclusion.
Less than 15 hours after walking off the court with a four-point, double-overtime loss to St. John’s (DC) in the opening round of the 2015 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, the Cardinals took the court again at Frostburg State University, Friday afternoon, and they suffered the same exact fait.
Mount Carmel, Calvert Hall’s MIAA and Baltimore Catholic League rival, rallied from an 11-point half time deficit to force the game into overtime and finished off the Cardinals, 95-91 in two OT’s, as the teams played in the consolation bracket. The Cougars and Cardinals, who have now played five times this year, also played a double-overtime game in January, which was also won by Mount Carmel, 93-90. The Cardinals won the other three meetings.
Mount Carmel scored 13 points in both overtimes to finally finish off the Cards, who led 19-14 after one quarter and 41-30 at the half.
MC freshman Motez Mathis, who has had a monster rookie compaign, scorched the Cardinals for 29 points, while Brian Jefferson had 17 points and five assists. The Cougars also got 14 points each from Will Jenkins III and David Erebor and 12 points from senior Frank Webb.
Calvert Hall seniors Drew Edwards and Nico Clareth did all the could. Edwards scored a game-high 33 points and Clareth netted 25. In addition, big men Evan Phoenix and Justin Gorham combined for 23 points.
On Saturday, Calvert Hall will play for seventh place and Mount Carmel will play for fifth. The other MIAA/BCL squad in the event, John Carroll, will play in the late semifinal game Friday night, after winning its opener on Thursday.