It’s early, but the Mount Carmel boys’ basketball team continues to make waves in the MIAA A Conference.

Friday at home, the 14th-ranked Cougars won a battle of upstarts as it upended visiting McDonogh, 68-60, in a battle for the early lead in the Red Division of the A Conference.

Both teams were coming off wins over No. 5 Calvert Hall earlier in the week, while Mount Carmel had also knocked off No. 8 St. Frances and No. 15 McDonogh defeated No. 10 St. Vincent Pallotti.

Mount Carmel (7-0, 3-0 MIAA A), which is most assuredly now headed for a slot in the Top 10 when the new rankings come out next week, were led once again by their senior star Terry Nolan, Jr.

Nolan led all scorers with 25 points with much of his scoring coming at the charity stripe. He hit 14-of-16 attempts, including 9-of-10 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.

Christian Evans also had a strong performance for Mount Carmel, scoring 17 points, and Brandon Watson added 11.

Familiar faces also led the way for McDonogh. Damien Chong-Qui scored a team-high 24 points for the Eagles and junior Noah Locke netted 17.

McDonogh had a big first quarter, outscoring the Cougars 24-16, but the Eagles were limited to just 17 points over the next two quarters as the Cougars rebounded to take a 46-41 lead heading into the final quarter.