They stormed Jerry Savage Court at Blakefield Friday night as Loyola snapped an eight-year losing streak to arch-rival Calvert Hall with a thrilling, 87-84, Baltimore Catholic League victory, behind a sensational performance from senior Kenny Lewis.
Lewis scored 45 points for the Dons, including a game-winning three-pointer with 2.6 seconds to play.
Shortly after Calvert Hall’s Brendan Adams tied the game with a pair of free throws, Lewis slow-walked the ball up court and everyone in the building knew he was going to take the Dons’ final shot. He let some time trim off the clock as he dribbled just inside the half court stripe, before cutting towards the top of the key, slipping off a screen and tossing up an acrobatic shot, as the Cardinals converged. Lewis thrust backward as the ball left his hands and was sprawled on the hardwood as the ball swished through the net.
“It feels great. Atmosphere,” said Lewis, who scored 38 in a win over St. Frances last week. “We had a great student section and that’s what got us a W, the student section. We played as a team, ran the plays correctly and we got the W as a team.”
Calvert Hall led by as many as 10 points in the first half, as they drained nine three-pointers in the first 16 minutes, and held a 45-40 lead at the intermission.
Loyola rallied to take the lead and, midway through third quarter, also lead by 10, before Calvert Hall battled back to tie the game twice in the final minute.
JJ Halaby added 17 points for the Dons. Adams and Josh Cornish shared team-high scoring honors for Calvert Hall with 23 points each.
The one redeeming fact for the Cardinals is that this contest only counted in the BCL standings and not the MIAA. Calvert Hall is now 11-15 overall and 4-8 in the BCL. It was just Loyola’s second BCL win of the year in 10 league contests. The Dons improve to 7-15 overall.