Myers, Bishop and Smith combine for 58 points to power the Gaels

by Joe DiBlasi

Fifth-ranked Mount Saint Joseph extended its winning streak to eight in a row, Tuesday night, as the Gaels went on the road and claimed a hard-fought 70-57win over No. 6 Boys Latin, in an MIAA A conference game in Roland Park.

The Gaels led by just two at the half (31-29), and three at the end of three quarters (47-44), as Boys’ Latin coach Cliff Rees relied on a box and one and a triangle and two to try to hold down the high-scoring duo of Jalen Smith and James Bishop.

The strategy kept the Lakers close into the fourth quarter when Smith, who was announced as McDonald’s All-American earlier in the day, and Bishop broke the game open for Coach Pat Clatchey.

Smith opened the fourth quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play to give the Gaels a 50-44 lead, and Bishop then put on a one man show, scoring a dazzling 10 points in 3 minutes to help the Mount open up a 60-51 advantage with three minutes to go in regulation. This was more than enough of a cushion to secure the win. Smith led all scorers with 23 points, Bishop had 22, and Tyree Myers added 13.

Myers has been an unsung hero for Clatchey all season.

In addition to the flashes of brilliance on the offensive end, St Joe (17-3 overall, 8-1 MIAA A) held the Lakers (13-3 overall, 6-3 MIAA A) to just two field goals in the fourth quarter to accentuate the victory.

“It was a close game going into the fourth quarter,” said Myers. “They always play us tough and we pulled it away in the fourth on defense.”

“They were box and one on Bishop, and triangle and two on Bishop and “Sticks” (Smith), so I had to come alive. For a couple of games I had not been scoring well, so I felt like I had to pick it up this game.”

Bishop said, “They ran a box-and-one all game, so at the end I just tried to get loose and pick my spots and my teammates found me and I hit shots. I knew they were a good team. They have a couple of good wins in the league, so we knew it would be a hard-fought game. Coach told us in the fourth quarter that we had to make at least two stops in a row and we did.”

Smith underscored what Bishop talked about regarding the stops on defense in the fourth quarter. “It took a lot of hard work and effort to stop them. We struggled in the first couple of quarters but then we put it all together, said the 6-foot-10 University of Maryland bound senior.

The Lakers focused on stopping Smith, hounding him with tenacious defense. “I try to keep playing through it and keep my composure.”

Smith, Bishop and Myers combined for all but two of Mount St. Joe’s 23 points in the fourth quarter. The big fourth quarter from that trio allowed the Gaels to snap the Lakers six game winning streak.

Kenny Lewis led the Lakers with 17 points, Jaylin Andrews had 15 and Cameron Watts added 13.

MSJ 13 18 16 23 — 70
BL 8 21 15 13 — 57
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: Smith 23, Bishop 22, Myers 13, McMillan 5,
McDonald 4, Crawley 3.
BOYS’ LATIN: Lewis 17, Andrews 15, Watts 13, Bates 6,
Spencer 6.