Patriots crack the century mark in victory over Spalding

As No. 4 John Carroll rolled out to a 5-1 start, against outstanding local and regional competition, many wondered just how good the Patriots would be when All-American and University of Kentucky recruit Immanuel Quickley returned to the lineup.

We got a glimpse Monday night.

Quickley, who has been idle thus far this season as he recovered from a bout of mononucleosis, made his season debut Monday as John Carroll visited Archbishop Spalding for an MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League game, and the Patriots soared to a 103-72 victory.

Considered by some as the best point guard in the nation, Quickley made an already outstanding team even better as he scored 22 points. His presence also takes some of the defensive pressure off of fellow senior Montez Mathis, who has averaged close to 30 points per game thus far this year. Mathis netted a game-high 24 in the win over the Cavaliers.

John Carroll (6-1 overall, 2-0 MIAA A, 2-1 BCL), which built a 32-14 lead in the first quarter, also got 17 points from highly recruited Yavuz Gultekin and 16 from Brandon Craig.

Spalding had several fine offensive performances as the Cavaliers went up and down the court with the Patriots, with sophomore Joshua Akers pacing four in double figures with 22 points.

Senior Rene Alphonso added 16, junior Amir Hall netted 12 and senior Robert Heller added 11 points.