Mallory leads the way with a double-double

St. Vincent Pallotti, which knocked off Boys’ Latin in a non-conference tournament game earlier this year, got the fourth-ranked Lakers once again, Tuesday, traveling to Roland Park and defeating the first-place Lakers, 50-44.

Pallotti got off to a quick start in the first quarter and took a 12-10 lead after one. In the second quarter, BL got hot from the outside and took a 27-19 lead into halftime as Sam Grace hitting two threes and Kendell Walker scored seven points in the quarter.

Pallotti (13-14, 8-8 MIAA), which is fighting to climb into playoff position, began to go inside after intermission and outscored the Lakers 18-11 in the third quarter. BL still held a slim one point lead going into the final quarter, but the Panthers managed to hold BL’s two sharp shooters, Cameron Spencer and Grace, scoreless in the final stanza and outscored the Lakers 13-6 to claim victory.

Miles Mallory led Pallotti in scoring with 20 points and he added 11 rebounds. Gilbert Otoo just missed a second double-double for the Panthers, as he scored nine points and had 13 rebounds.

Spencer led Boys’ Latin (27-5, 13-2 MIAA A) with 16 points, while Grace and Walker each finished with nine points.

It was BL’s second loss in the last three games since they lost another senior star, Cam Watkins, for the season with a knee injury. The Lakers, however, have already clinched the top spot in the Black Division.

The Panthers currently trail Glenelg Country (9-7), which won at Gilman on Tuesday, by one game in the battle for fourth place and the final playoff spot in the Red Division, with two games to play for each. Pallotti travels to Loyola Blakefield on Wednesday and will finish its regular season when Calvert Hall visits Laurel, on Saturday, for the Panthers’ Senior Night.

Pictured above: Pallotti’s Miles Mallory had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a road in at No. 4 Boys’ Latin.