Baltimore Catholic League no match for WCAC in Charm City Classic; John Carroll nets lone victory (VIDEO HERE!)

Mount St. Joseph’s Jason Edokyapi (24) shoots as DeMatha’s Jordan Hawkins defends during the first half of Saturday’s final match of the Charm City Classic. The nationally-ranked Stags defeated the Gaels at Loyola University’s Reitz Arena, giving the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference four wins in five matches against the Baltimore Catholic League.

by Derek Toney

A year ago, John Carroll School boys basketball was in transition with a new coach and a roster littered with freshmen and sophomores. The Patriots have steadily improved, and Saturday, took a step in their maturation.

John Carroll defeated Good Counsel, 65-51, at Loyola University’s Reitz Arena in the third annual Charm City Classic, which pits the Baltimore Catholic League against the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference.

The Patriots were the only BCL squad in the win column as the WCAC dominated for the second straight year, capped with nationally-ranked DeMatha Catholic’s 83-62 victory over Mount St. Joseph.

Gonzaga College (D.C.) defeated Loyola Blakefield, 76-44, and Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) slips past Archbishop Spalding, 65-22. St. John’s College (D.C.) posted an 80-34 decision over Calvert Hall College.

The WCAC retains the Wootten-Savage Trophy. The WCAC won all five matches last year at DeMatha after a tie (2-2) in the first Charm City at UMBC in 2017.

It was a rough season debut for The Hall, falling behind 32 points at intermission to the Cadets. Senior guard and University of Rhode Island commit Ishmael Leggett scored 13 points for St. John’s (1-0), and freshman Amani Hansberry added 12.

Freshman guard Karim Harris had nine points for Calvert Hall (0-1). The Cardinals started four underclassmen Saturday, and have five freshman on the varsity roster, including Samartine Bogues, grandson of Baltimore hoops icon Muggsy Bogues.

In the opening match, Carroll (1-1) got 14 points from junior guard Kris King, and Cam’ron Brown added 11 in its win over Spalding. Carroll led 10-7 after one quarter before outscoring the Cavaliers, 34-10, over the second and third periods.

Sophomore wing CJ Scott had six points for Spalding (1-1). The Cavaliers defeated Gilman in their season opener and former Towson Catholic and Indian Creek coach Josh Pratt’s debut as new coach.

Defending WCAC champ Gonzaga had all but one player score in its victory over Loyola. Georgetown University-bound forward Terrance Williams had 16 points, and Carlos Hubb added 15 for the Eagles (2-0).

Senior forward Mitch Fischer finished with a game-high 19 points for the Dons (3-1), and Smith. Loyola trailed by as many as 37 points in the second half.

Trailing by eight early in the third, Mount St. Joseph looked prime for a charge at DeMatha. But the uber-talented Stags hit the proverbial switch and cruised to an easy victory.

Senior guard Earl Timberlake netted 17 points for DeMatha (1-0), ranked 10th in USA Today’s preseason Super 25, and 7-foot-1 post Hunter Dickerson added 13. Fairfield University-bound forward Jason Edokpayi led the Gaels with 14 points.

Trailing 33-18 late in the first half, Mount St. Joseph (2-1) trailed, 33-25, after a basket from Edokpayi to start the second half. The Stags from Prince George’s County scored 18 of the next 20, capped with a 3-pointer from Timberlake for a 51-27 advantage with 2:28 left in the third.

“They’re just a deep, versatile and athletic team,” said Gaels coach Pat Clatchey. “We tried to use our bench as much as possible. They just keep coming at you with different guys.”

Despite the final margin, it was vastly better than Mount St. Joseph’s showing in last year’s Charm City Classic. The Gaels suffered their worst losses in program history in 76-36 decision to Gonzaga.

“I thought we competed tonight,” Clatchey said. “There was some tough matchups out there with Dickerson and Timberlake. We fought to the end.”

“I think we let our foot off the pedal and started getting fatigued,” said Gaels senior guard Tyler Brelsford. “We started taking bad shots and going one-on-one.”

Brelsford, a George Washington recruit, was among a trio of Gaels with 11 points Saturday. Junior guards Ausar Crawley and D’Angelo Stines joined Brelsford.

John Carroll waved the flag for the BCL as junior guard Jalen Bryant scored 18 points and sophomore Tyson Commander finished with 16.

Leading 29-23 at halftime, the Bel Air school extended the advantage to 13 in the third. Good Counsel pulled to within 53-45 early in the fourth, but a rebound and basket from freshman Jeannot Basima, followed by a basket from sophomore TJ Vaughn, kicked John Carroll’s lead back to double-digits for good.

“They’ve been playing tough. They love being around each other,” said Patriots coach Seth Goldberg. “Tonight, they made a lot of mistakes and they grew from it as the game wore on.”

Six-foot-9 sophomore Cesar Tchilomobo finished with 10 points and five blocks for John Carroll, which defeated St. John’s Catholic Prep in its season opener Wednesday. Monday, the Patriots newcomer Gerstell Academy in the MIAA A Conference opener for both.

Optimism is on the up tick for John Carroll, which went 5-24 last season. Goldberg said beating an established WCAC program like Good Counsel Saturday was a positive step.

Jalen Bryant and Tyson Commander combined for 34 points as John Carroll defeated Good Counsel for the Baltimore Catholic League’s only win Saturday in the Charm City Classic. The Patriots, which won five games last season, are off to a 2-0 start.

“Last year really wasn’t the season we wanted so this whole summer we had a chip on our shoulders,” said Bryant. “We feel we have a great shot at winning a lot of games and having fun together.”


at Loyola University

DeMatha Catholic 83, Mount St. Joseph 62

DeMatha – Timberlake 17, Dickerson 13, Miller 3, Hawkins 4, Perry 2, Reynolds 4, Smith 4, Ward 7, Roberson 6, Moore 8, Hawkins 10, Hutchinson 5. Totals 31 15-17 83.

Mount St. Joseph – Crawley 11, Brelsford 11, Stines 11, Sapienza 8, Hamlin 2, Edokpayi 14, Moutome 1, Carr 4. Totals: 25 7-11 62.

DeMatha 19 14 27 23 – 83

Mount St. Joseph 13 10 14 25 – 62

Gonzaga College (DC) 76, Loyola Blakefield 44

Gonzaga – Turner 8, Scherer 4, Hardy 2, Ficca 2, Stute 5, Mintz 13, Dinkins 5, Harris 3, Hubb 15, Williams 16, Batties 3. Totals 26 12-19 76.

Loyola – Smith 15, Georgelis 2, Dixon 2, Kors 2, Walsh 2, Rice 2, Fischer 19. Totals 15 12-19 44.

Gonzaga 22 17 18 19 – 76

Loyola 6 20 6 12 – 44


John Carroll School 65, Good Counsel 51

Good Counsel – Mbenga 6, Jacks 8, Cooper 5, Waters 6, Curtis 5, Williamson 7, Floyd 10, Avery 3, Grammar 1. Totals 18 10-22 51.

John Carroll – Vaughn 9, Meads 6, Bryant 18, Commander 16, Jakubowski 2, Tchilombo 10, Basima 4. Totals 25 10-17 65.

Good Counsel 7 16 16 12 – 51

John Carroll 12 17 22 14 – 65


Archbishop Carroll (DC), 65, Archbishop Spalding 22

Archbishop Carroll – Cam’Ron Brown 11, Kris. King 14, Kenton King 7, Izzy 5, Nils 6, Abdeta 2, Covington 4, Car’Ron Brown 7. Barnes 9, Totals 25 8-14 65.

Spalding – Akers 2, Scott 6, Patterson 2, Pennick 2, Kivers 3, Elung 2, Whitmore 5. Totals 9 2-4 22.

Carroll 10 18 16 21 – 65

Spalding 7 4 6 5 – 22


St. John’s College (DC) 80, Calvert Hall College 34

St. John’s – Lancaster 10, Mack 8, Wilson 10, Blair 2, Leggett 13, Watson 10, Hansberry 12, Wood 7, Square 8. Totals 33 12-20 80.

Calvert Hall – Planarian 2, Allan 2, Brogdon 6, Harris 9, Bogues 3, Ware 4, Foxwell 2, Williams 6. Totals 11 11-18 34.

St. John’s 24 21 17 18 – 80

Calvert Hall 10 3 12 9 – 34