Gaels thump Spalding at the Smith Center

St. Joe seniors James Bishop (left) and Jalen Smith combined for 46 points as the Gaels routed Archbishop Spalding.

by Joe DiBlasi

Mount Saint Joseph, coming off a rough loss in its Baltimore Catholic League opener at John Carroll on Monday night, bounced back on its home court, Wednesday, taking revenge on visiting Archbishop Spalding, 71-44, in another BCL tilt.

Seniors Jalen Smith and James Bishop led the way for Coach Pat Clatchley, who notched win number 637 in his illustrious career at the Mount.

The University of Maryland bound Smith started the scoring with a three-point play and Bishop nailed two treys as St. Joe grabbed an early 9-4 lead over the Cavaliers, and they closed the first quarter with a 22-13 advantage.

The Gaels (2-1 overall, 1-1 BCL) held the Cavaliers to just two field goals in the second quarter to take a resounding 41-18 lead at the half.

Smith was a blistering 9-for-10 from the field, and and Bishop was 8-for-11, as the dynamic duo hit 81% of their shots from the floor on the night to combine for 46 points. Although they both left the game early in the third quarter as Clatchey emptied his bench, Smith finished the night with 25 points to lead all scorers, and Bishop added 21. Smith also snared 10 rebounds.

“We we had fire in our hearts, and we knew that we came off a loss,” said Smith. “It hurt us a lot and we reminisced on it, and we took it out on Spalding. We had great team chemistry.”

Bishop said that no matter who we play we come out and play hard: “We always play as hard as we can and we needed to get this win to start a winning streak.”

Ten different players scored for the Mount. Bishop said that everybody on the team plays a part.

“Everybody plays defense, and on offense, we get our guards involved.”

Rene Alphonso led the Cavs with 13 points and Broc Bozeman added 10.

AS. 13 5 12 12 44
SJ 22. 19 15. 15. 71
ARCHBISHOP SPALDING: Alphonso 13, Bozeman 10, Heller 7, Karr 6, O’Farrel 3, Hall 3, Williams 2. TOTALS 18 6-8.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: McMillan 3, Myers 3, Bishop 21, M.Smith 2, Brelsford 4, July 4, J. Smith 25, Jackson 3, McDonald 2, Edokpayi 4. TOTALS: 2712-15 71.