No. 8 McDonogh continues to surge in the early going and the Eagles turned in perhaps their best offensive performance of the season, Wednesday, routing visiting Archbishop Spalding, 80-55, in a MIAA A Conference basketball in Owings Mills.

The players combined for 74 of McDonogh’s 80 points, as Damian Chong-Qui and Jaedon Willis each netted 26 points and Noah Locke scored 22. Chong-Qui and Locke combined for five three-pointers, while Willis had five on his own.

Spalding’s Buzz Anthony scored 26 to share game-high honors, but it was not nearly enough to counter McDonogh’s big three.

McDonogh limited Spalding to just three first quarter points as it built and eight-point advantage and completely busted the contest open in the second quarter, growing the lead to 37-16 at the intermission.

McDonogh’s win, combined with Mount Carmel’s loss at St. Vincent Pallotti, leaves the Eagles (9-3, 5-1 MIAA A) in sole possession of first place in the MIAA A Conference’s Red Division.

Spalding (6-7 overall) fell to 2-4 in the conference.