No. 12 Mount Carmel traveled to Blakefield Friday night where the homesteading Loyola Dons had upset No. 15 St. Frances Academy on Monday. The Cougars, however, took care of business in picking up an important MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League basketball victory, with a 61-49 decision.

Jordan Jones led the Cougars with 22 points and Christian Evans netted 15, but the biggest accolades were reserved for senior star Terry Nolan, who scored nine points including the 1,000th of his brilliant high school career. The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga recruit now has 1,004 career points.

More importantly, the victory allowed the Cougars to inch closer to No. 6 McDonogh School, which was routed by seventh-ranked John Carroll School on Friday, in the chase for first place in the Red Division of the MIAA A Conference. McDonogh is now 9-3 in the league and the Cougars (17-6 overall) are just one game back in the loss column with a 7-4 league record. Mount Carmel is also now in sole possession of third place in the BCL where it improved to 5-3.

The Cougars have a tough week ahead. They will host Calvert Hall College on Monday, visit No. 1 Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday and travel to St. Frances next Friday.

Loyola (6-13 overall) is 1-7 in the BCL and 2-10 in the A Conference.