On the verge of being eliminated from the MIAA A Conference playoffs, the Archbishop Spalding boys’ basketball team rose up Monday night and kept its post-season hopes alive with an impressive 80-68 win over St. Frances, another team also struggling for a spot in the second season.
The Cavaliers, playing at home, trailed 20-9 after one quarter, played from behind most of the night, before scoring 36 points in the fourth quarter to win going away.
Senior Timothy O’Farrell led the Cavaliers with five three-pointers and a game-high 20 points. Buzz Anthony added 20 and Barry McCormick netted 13.
Earl Penn scored 23 to pace St. Frances and Elijah Epps scored 12 for the Panthers.
Spalding (9-13 overall) improved to 4-8 in the A Conference. The Cavaliers are still in last place in the Red Division, a half game behind St. Frances (10-14 overall), which is 5-8 in league play. Both teams trail St. Vincent Pallotti (4-6) for the fourth and final playoff position in the division.
This was also a Baltimore Catholic League contest. With the win, the Cavs improved to 3-6 in the BCL (6th place) a game in front of St. Frances (2-7).