Once on cruise control towards the Red Division title in the MIAA A Conference, the McDonogh boys’ basketball team lost for the second straight time, Monday, falling at home to St. Vincent Pallotti, 59-55, in overtime.
The loss, combined with Mount Carmel’s win over Calvert Hall, leaves the Eagles (16-7 overall, 9-4 MIAA A) tied for first with Mount Carmel in the division standings.
Coming off a lopsided, 83-48, loss to John Carroll, McDonogh came out strong Monday, taking a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and the game was tied at 25 at the half.
Pallotti (10-10 overall, 5-6 MIAA A), however, took charge in the third quarter, outscoring McDonogh,19-12. The Eagles responded by holding the Panthers to just four 4th-quarter points to square the contest and force overtime.
In the extra period both Steve Cannady and Everette Hammond hit big three-pointers and Amir Warrick sealed the game by hitting two free throws with 7.8 seconds in OT to put the Panthers up by four.
Hammond led the Panthers with 20 points and sophomore Karim Coulibaly added 15 points and 10 rebounds. McDonogh’s big three of Damian Chong Qui, Jaedon Willis and Noah Locke scored 17, 14, and 12 points, respectively.
Pallotti currently sits in fourth place in the tightly packed Red Division, one game behind Calvert Hall and one game in front of St. Frances, in the battle for the division’s final two playoff seeds.