Off to a 1-2 start in MIAA A Conference league play, the St. Vincent Pallotti boys basketball team faced a critical early season test, Wednesday, as the Panthers welcomed No. 6 Mount Carmel to Laurel. Pallotti passed that test with flying colors, racing to a 69-52 victory.

The Panthers (6-6, 2-2) took advantage of early foul trouble for Mount Carmel senior star Terry Nolan, Jr., who picked up his fourth personal in the second quarter. With Nolan on the bench, Pallotti turned a 17-14 first quarter lead into a 37-26 halftime advantage.

Nolan, who still managed a team-high 16 points, did not play at all in the third quarter, allowing the Panthers to take a 14-point spread into the final quarter and they closed strong to pick up the victory.

Pallotti was led by senior Everette Hammond’s 17 points, while with Ronell Giles and Steve Cannady (7 assists) each chipped in with 10 points. In addition, Amir Warrick played a stellar defensive game while contributing 16 points and Karim Coulibaly scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

Mount Carmel (9-2 overall) is now 4-2 in the league and in second place in the Red Division of the A Conference, one game back of McDonogh.

Pallotti is in fourth place in the division, but remains with just two conference losses, keeping the Panthers very much in the mix.

MC   14  12  11  15  —  52
SVP  17  20  14  18  —  69
Felton 2, Nolan 16, Evans 3, Thomas 12, Jones 11, Miller 6, Bush-Williams 2. TOTALS: 19-9-13 52.
Hammond 17, Brewer 5, Giles 10, Cannady 10, Coulibaly 9, Campbell 2, Warrick 16. TOTALS: 23 17-21 69.