Surging Mount St. Joe keeps Loyola’s skid going; MIAA A roundup: St. Frances, Glenelg Country, McDonogh, John Carroll and St. Vincent Pallotti all win
by Joe DiBlasi
In early January No. 13 Loyola was riding a seven game winning streak and appeared well-positioned as it embarked on the bulk of its MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League play.
That winning streak was snapped on Jan. 8 by a 69-59 home loss to Mount St. Joseph. The teams have been going in opposite directions ever since.
The Gaels were in the second game of an 11-game winning streak, which continued with a 55-45 home win over the Dons on Monday, and beginning their charge to the top of the VSN Boys’ Basketball Top 20 rankings.
Loyola, on the other hand, has lost six of its last nine games and has fallen out of a playoff position in the A Conference.
St. Joe raced out to a 10-0 lead on Monday, and the Gaels lead wire-to-wire. The Gaels (22-3 overall, 15-2 MIAA A, 10-0 BCL) still trail St. Frances (14-1) in the Red Division of the A Conference, but they continue to hold the top spot in the BCL. The second-ranked Panthers routed Calvert Hall, 84-43, on Monday.
The Mount’s high scoring Jason Edokpayi lead all scorers with 20 points, followed by D’Angelo Stines, who threw in 16 points, and Tyler Brelsford added 10 for Coach Pat Clatchey.
Loyola (15-10 overall, 8-7 MIAA A, 3-7 BCL) fought back in the second quarter, getting to within three points (18-15) on a John Dixon trey at 4:51, but the Gaels answered, with a trey from Edokpayi, and buckets from Sean Carr and Stines, as they would finish the half with a 27-17 lead.
It was 44-29 at the end of the third quarter, and the Mount was never really threatened thereafter.
Clatchey was disappointed with the way his team played late in the fourth quarter, when their 17-point lead dwindled to 10.
“We played well at times, but I did not like the way we closed the game out,” said Clatchey. “We got complacent, and at this time of the year you can’t do that.”
Clatchey was pleased with the play of Edokpayi.
“Jason has had a great season and he had a great game tonight. We need to have him continue to score, protect the rim, and rebound.”
Clatchey also got a big night from junior D’Angelo Stines, whom he called a “wild-card” for his team.
“D’Angelo is a very capable player. He made a big contribution tonight . We want him to be more assertive.”
“D’Angelo, Tyler, Auser (Crawley), Antonio (Hanlon), and Sean (Carr) all locked down on defense tonight, and that was the key to our win,” said Edokpayi.
On his own offensive display, which included four three-pointers, Edokpayi said, “I had a tough night last Friday night, and I kind of locked myself in the gym since then, and I’ve been shooting and practicing more and more, and working on my jumper. The work paid off because everything was falling tonight, and I was really feeling it.”
The 6-foot-6 Fairfield, CT bound Edokpayi said that the 11 game winning steak is not as important as getting wins in playoffs.
“We’re looking forward to the MIAA finals at Harford Community College and the Catholic League finals at Loyola University.
Those are the wins that we will need the most.”
NO. 1 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 55, NO. 13 LOYOLA 45
LOY 7 10 12 11 — 45
MSJ 13 14 17 11 — 55
LOYOLA: Smith. 7, Moore 7, Gardner 5, Fischer 8, Dixon 8, Walsh 10.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: Crawley 3, Brelsford 10, Stines 16, Edokpayi 20, Sapienza 2, Carr 4.
NO. 12 JOHN CARROLL 70, NO. 8 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 58
Elsewhere in the MIAA A/BCL, No. 12 John Carroll slowed No. Archbishop Spalding, at home in Bel Air, with 70-58 victory.
Jalen Bryant paced John Carroll, while Cesar Tschlimbo and Tyson Commander each added nine points. Ty Peterson and Cam Whitmore each scored 13 points for the Cavaliers, while CJ Scott added 10.
With the win, the Patriots (18-8 overall) tightened their grip on third place in the Red Division of the A Conference as they improved to 9-5 in league play.
Spalding (14-9 overall, 9-7 MIAA A), despite the setback, held onto fourth place because of Loyola’s loss. The Cavaliers, who travel to St. Joe on Wednesday, have a half game lead on the Dons in the chase for the final playoff spot out of the Red Division.
NO. 15 GLENELG COUNTRY 69, GERSTELL 57
In the Black Division, No. 15 Glenelg Country stayed in contention for first place with a 69-57 home victory over Gerstell Academy.
The Dragons, who trailed 19-16 after one quarter, surged in from with an 18-9 second quarter advantage and then outscored the visiting Falcons 23-11 in the third quarter to take control.
Noah Batchelor remained hot for the Dragons, scoring a game-high 20 points.Cole Paar and Jordan Brathwaite combined for 22 points, while Noah Charles and Igor Yoka-Bratasz each netted nine points.
Jeremiah Stanton and Dayyan Noble each scored 16 points for Gerstell (7-19 overall, 0-15 MIAA A).
Gerstell (13-8 overall, 10-6 MIAA A) is percentage points behind first place Gilman (9-5).
MCDONOGH 62, NO. 14 BOYS’ LATIN 60
Unranked McDonogh revived its playoff hopes by sending No. 14 Boys’ Latin to its fourth straight loss, all in league play, with a 62-60 victory at home in Owings Mills.
The Eagles (14-14 overall, 8-8 MIAA A) won for the second straight time and the third time in their last four games, as they continue to chase BL and St. Vincent Pallotti for a spot in the top four in the division.
Mathani Paul-Swinson led four McDonogh players in double-figures with 16 points. Jared Billups and Dani Dennis-Sutton each scored 14 and Carlton Carrington netted 13.
The suddenly struggling Lakers fell to 11-10 overall and 8-6 in the league. They are tied for third place with Pallotti in the Black Division after the Panthers Annapolis Area Christian, 58-47, also on Monday.
Lorenzo Donadio scored 24 points to lead Boys’ Latin and Riar Schell finished with 16 points.