St. Frances demolishes District champ at Baltimore Hoops Festival; Boys’ Latin and McDonogh claim victories; Gerstell and Calvert Hall fall (VIDEO HERE!)


City’s Sammy Scott (front) and McDonogh’s Lukas Michaelson battle for a rebound. The No. 10 Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter for a 46-44 win over the Knights at the Baltimore Hoops Festival at St. Frances early Saturday afternoon.

by Derek Toney

After playing against the nation’s No. 1 post player, St. Frances Academy boys basketball team weren’t in awe of Wilson (DC) and its impressive frontline Saturday.

The No. 2 Panthers wore out the reigning District city champs, 75-51, in the final game of the Baltimore Hoops Festival inside St. Frances’ Phelps Gym win east Baltimore. No. 4 Patterson, sixth-ranked Boys’ Latin School, No. 10 McDonogh School and 17th-ranked Edmondson each picked up victories Saturday.

Baltimore Catholic League title contender St. Maria Goretti posted a 58-42 decision over Pennsylvania’s Hill School. Senior forward and Baltimore native RJ Blakney finished with a game-high 22 points for Goretti (12-3 overall).

Trailing entering the fourth, the Hagerstown school outscored Hill (6-6), 20-2. Rahsaan Edwards added 18 points for Goretti, which next plays No. 1 and BCL-leading Mount St. Joseph at The Smith Center in Irvington.

After blowing a big second half lead to Milford Mill Academy last year, Mervo executed in the rematch, claiming a 70-57 victory. Elijah Rantin and Damonee Carter each scored 21 points for the Mustangs (4-5).

The Baltimore City school which lost, 54-50, after constructing a 19-point second half advantage last season, led 35-29 at halftime Saturday before Milford Mill closed to 36-35. The Mustangs answered with a 12-3 run to take a 48-38 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Mervo finished the victory, keeping Milford Mill uneven with a variety of zone defenses. Corey Peterkin added 15 points.

“We saw when we scouted them that they had trouble shooting from the perimeter,” said Mustangs coach Deron Harding.

Edmondson’s Keith Bolden (with ball) is defended by Gerstell’s Jeremiah Stanton. Bolden finished with a game-high 26 points as the No. 17 Red Storm held off the 14th-ranked Falcons.

Jermaine Goodwyn finished with 21 points for the Millers (3-5), and  Lincoln University recruit Deonte Dunlap added 17. The Baltimore County power, which reached the Class 3A state final last season, is going through growing pains with a young roster.

“We’re still learning how to play as a team, and I think we will,” said Millers coach Ryan Smith. “If we’re going to take lumps, I rather take them in the beginning.”

No. 4 Patterson pulled away from Calvert Hall College for a 93-67 victory. Senior wing Marvin Price finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers (8-2).

The Baltimore City squad outscored the Cardinals, 48-31, winning its second game in as many days. Patterson defeated National Academy Foundation, 82-46, Friday in a city league match.

With Price, one of the area’s top seniors back at Patterson after spending part of his junior year at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep (returned to Patterson in February), the Clippers are expected to contend for the city league championship. Patterson won the city and Class 2A title in 2017.

Price, who’s finding his “legs” after an offseason knee injury, said the Clippers are more versatile than the 2016-17 squad.

“This team has more options,” said Price, who pulled down 10 rebounds Saturday. “If one person’s off, we have others who can score 20-25 points if needed.”

Millersville-bound guard Gerard Mungo added a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. TJ Thomas finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

East Carolina recruit Logan Curtis had 15 points for Calvert Hall (3-11), which lost at Boys’ Latin Friday. The Cardinals have dropped seven straight and nine of 10.

Patterson’s Gerard Mungo (5) is met by Calvert Hall’s Kevin Collier on a drive to the basket. Mungo finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds as No. 4 Patterson improved to 8-2 with a 93-67 win over the Cardinals. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

The Lakers withstood a late surge from Florida’s Admiral Farragut Academy, taking a 66-61 decision. Loyola signee Cam Spencer scored a game-high 26 points for Boys’ Latin (17-3).

The Lakers led 41-31 in the third quarter, but Farragut (7-7) tied the game at 52 in the fourth. Sam Grace (11 points) answered with a 3-pointer for the MIAA A Conference squad, which went 7 of 8 from the free throw line to keep the St. Petersburg’s school at bay.

Winston Dessessow, who started his prep career at Milford Mill, finished with 24 for Farragut, coached by Julian Allen, who served as an assistant at Friends School, Oakland Mills and Harford Community College. Darius Webb, formerly of Harford Tech, had 15.

McDonogh climbed out an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat City College, 46-44. Dave Brown scored 15 points for the Eagles (10-4).

Trailing 33-25, McDonogh went on a 17-4 run, capped with Brown’s basket off a pass from Everett Cooper, for a 42-37 lead with 2 minutes, 20 seconds remaining in regulation. City rebounded as Dominick Carrington’s 3-point play with 7.3 seconds left tied the game at 44.

Carrington fouled Jarred Billups with 5.7 seconds remaining. The sophomore hit the front end of the double bonus, but missed the second. After a scramble for the ball, Cooper got possession and called timeout with 1.9 seconds to play.

Billups was fouled on the inbounds and hit one of two free throws. Billups, a sophomore, and Brown combined to convert seven of nine free throws in the Knights’ rally.

McDonogh coach TJ Holmes was impressed with his young team’s fortitude Saturday, hours after playing No. 15 Glenelg Country School Friday evening.

“We found a way to win, even on back-to-back nights,” said Holmes. “We’re growing together. These guys trust each other and like each other.”

Harrington led City (4-6) with 12 points. After surprising showing last season, the Knights, a preseason VSN Top 10 team, have struggled with consistency in the first month of new season.

“I don’t know what else to say but growing pains ,” said City coach Omar Smith, whose lost at Edmondson Friday. “At times, we look above our age. Other times, we look our age. To get to the good days, you got to get through the dog days.”

Edmondson got 26 points from Keith Bolden and 22 from Tra’shawn Lewis in a 64-55 victory over No. 14 Gerstell Academy in the lone Top 20 match at the Hoops Festival.

Up 33-28 at half, the Red Storm pushed the lead to 45-34 late in the third quarter. Gerstell (8-7), the defending MIAA B Conference champs, used halfcourt defensive pressure to close to 47-46 on Ahmed Harrison’s free throw with less than 7 minutes left in regulation.

Edmondson answered with a 10-0 run, including Bolden’s 3-pointer and 3-point play from Lewis, to pull away. At 8-1, the Red Storm have “quietly” entered the chase for the city title.

“Give the kids the credit, they’ve been listening and playing hard,” said Red Storm coach Darnell Dantzler. “They’re trusting each other.”

The featured match between St. Frances and Wilson was a resounding mismatch. Senior guard Rajeir Jones poured in 18 points and Adrian Baldwin finished with 14 and 7 assists.

The defending BCL champ Panthers (16-3) overwhelmed Wilson (9-5), ranked 4th in the District region by the Washington Post. The Tigers featured University of Maryland 6-foot-9 twin brother recruits Makhel and Makhi Mitchell.

The east Baltimore led by as many as 26 points in the second half.

St. Frances coach Nick Myles said his team’s tough non-league schedule including a match against Memphis (TN) East and the nation’s top recruit in 7-footer James Wiseman in South Carolina last week, prepared them.

“Wilson is a talented bigger team, but after playing three nights in a row at the Chic-fil-a Classic really benefited us,” said Myles. “You got to make it tough for them to get the ball.”

“We had to make them move around,” said Jones. “When we run our offense we made sure they were constantly moving.”

The Mitchells combined for 24 points (Makhi had 10 and Makhel 14), but only had eight after halftime. Meanwhile, St. Frances had its way offensively on the perimeter and inside.

The Panthers dropped 10 3-pointers, four by Jones, who added several mid-range deuces. The decisive blows came in the third quarter with four straight dunks.

St. Frances’ Jamal West gets the ball as Wilson’s Mehki Mitchell obstructs him. The No. 2 Panthers pulled away in the second half for a 75-51 decision in the showcase match of the Baltimore Hoops Festival. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

“That’s our identity, running the floor, getting out on the break,” said Toles. “We just played our regular game and played tough.”

Baldwin got a loose ball and flipped it to Toles who went in for a two-handed jam. West (8 rebounds) beat Wilson’s defense down out for an uncontested jam and Murphy got free inside for easy back-to-back flushes, giving the Panthers a 53-38 advantage midway in the third.

The Panthers led 61-43 after three. Back-to-back 3’s from reserve Taquan Busby and another Jones jumper to open the fourth made it 69-43.

It was an impressive performance considering Wilson, which also featured Boston College signee Jay Heath and Division I prospect Dimingus Stevens (junior wing), has beaten No. 3 Poly twice this season and took nationally-ranked DeMatha Catholic to overtime.

“They’re a good team, but we felt we were tougher and more disciplined,” said Toles. “We showed that today.”

Baltimore Hoops Festival

at St. Frances Academy

No. 10 McDonogh School 46, City College 44

McDonogh – Michelson 4, Cooper 9, Billups 8, Green 5, Jacobs 5, Brown 15. Totals 14 15-25 46.

City – Scott 3, Carrington 12, Contrell 11, Hooper 2, Yates 11, Obijolu 5. Totals 13 14-20 44.

McDonogh 8 11 6 21 – 46

City 11 6 14 13 – 44

 

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No. 17 Edmondson 64, No. 14 Gerstell Academy 55

Gerstell – Carpenter 13, Bethea 6, Thompson 4, Stanton 3, Naple 2, Tillery 6, Tinsley 2, Harrison 18. Totals 22 7-10 55.

Edmondson – Lewis 23, Bolden 26, Hocker 3, Williams 4, Smith 1, Jones 7. Totals 21 17-24 64.

Gerstell 14 14 11 16 – 55

Edmondson 16 17 14 17 – 64

No. 6 Boys’ Latin School 66, Admiral Farragut Academy (FL) 61

Farragut – Webb 15, Parker 4, Dessosow 24, Donadio 8, Ojiako 10. Totals 20 16-21 61.

Boys’ Latin – Walker 10, Watts 9, Grace 11, Spencer 26, Akuffo 2, Nichols 8. Totals 23 14-15 66.

Farragut 15 9 21 16 – 61

Boys’ Latin 16 15 19 16 – 66

St. Maria Goretti 58, Hill School (PA) 42

Hill School – Nixon 7, G. Dorsey 10, C. Dorsey 9, Moffatt 7, Mayo 2, Adedinsewo 5, Eze 2. Totals 15 6-9 42.

Goretti – Edwards 18, Search 5, Blakney 22, Golek 6, Tsimbila 5, Batchelor 2. Totals 21 7-11 58.

Hill 16 10 14 2 – 42

Goretti 14 13 11 20 – 58

No. 4 Patterson 93, Calvert Hall College 67

Calvert Hall – Logan 15, Raikes 6, Wright 3, Collier 8, Allan 8, Wilson 2, Olaniran 5, Ballade 2, Wedlock 3, Sand 6. Totals 22 17-23 67.

Patterson – Blackwell 10, T. Thomas 16, J. Thomas 3, Nunes 5, Mungo 16, Price 22, Jones 3, Noble 8, Willis 10. Totals 30 22-34 93.

Calvert Hall 16 20 13 18 – 67

Patterson 21 24 22 26 – 93

Mervo 70, Milford Mill Academy 57

Milford Mill – Johnson 11, Dunlap 19, Goodwyn 21, Woods 6, Teah 2. Totals 20 8-19 57.

Mervo – Carter 21, Peterkin 15, Wilson 2, Lang 9, Rantin 21, T. Newman 2. Totals 24 19-27 70.

Milford Mill 18 11 9 19 – 57

Mervo 21 14 13 22 – 70

No. 1 St. Frances Academy 77, Wilson (DC) 51

Wilson – Stevens 8, Hutchinson 6, Dunn 5, Buchanan 1, Heath 6, Makhi Mitchell 10, Makhel Mitchell 14, Best 1. Totals 16 12-21 51.

St. Frances – Jones 18, Goodwin 14, Toles 11, Busby 8, Alexander 7, Murphy 7, West 8, Balogun 2, Walden 2. Totals 29 7-11 77.

Wilson  19 15 9 8 – 51

St. Frances 19 21 21 16 – 77