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Prep notebook: Spalding senior commits to Mount St. Mary's By KEVIN BRADFORD, Staff Writer Archbishop Spalding senior Landy Thompson, a first-team All-County boys basketball pick, verbally committed to Mount St. Mary's yesterday. Thompson, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged a team-high 14.4 points per game and added 3.3 assists in leading the Cavaliers to a sweep of the Baltimore Catholic League regular-season and tournament championships. The Germantown resident and Newport Prep transfer was also a defensive force, as he locked down first-team All-Catholic League guard J.J. Outlaw (Mount St. Joseph) and Catholic League Player of the Year Matt Tanner (St. Maria Goretti) to key Spalding's third Catholic League Tournament title in four seasons. His defense was a big reason he was named Most Valuable Player of the Catholic League Tournament championship game, while he was also chosen to the All-Tournament team at the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational. Spalding coach Mike Glick thinks Mount St. Mary's has landed a recruiting steal in Thompson, who is the ninth Cavalier to earn a Division I college basketball scholarship in the past five seasons. "It's very, very unique to find someone who shoots as well as he does, is athletic as he is, and is an exceptional defensive player all in one. Those combinations are a hard commodity to find," Glick said. "I think in my 10 years as a high school head coach and having over 45 players play in college and 17 at the Division I level, he's the biggest steal for any college team. I really mean it. He has tremendous upside." Thompson is a full academic NCAA qualifier with a 990 Scholastic Assessment Test score and a 3.3 grade point average, Glick said. Thompson will ink his national letter of intent during the signing period, which runs April 10-17. "It's a great fit for him academically, athletically and socially. It's a Catholic school like Spalding, and he also likes the size and location. It's exactly 45 minutes away from Germantown. He has a close-knit family, so it's convenient for them," Glick said. "He has a chance to compete for a starting spot immediately. He felt comfortable with the school and Coach (Jim) Phelan. That's where he wanted to go. It's a great situation. I think he'll have a very good career." Thompson took an official on-campus visit to the Emmittsburg school March 23-24 and made his decision before taking visits to Robert Morris and Stony Brook this week. He was also offered scholarships by Morgan State and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Glick said Thompson would have had more offers had he not missed the key open recruiting period last July due to a broken thumb. In other recruiting news, Glick said Florida State offered a scholarship Tuesday to Spalding 6-foot-11 junior center Will Bowers. Glick said newly hired Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton will come to Spalding tomorrow to watch Bowers work out. Glick said national champion Maryland, Florida, Texas, Stanford and Purdue are all expected to visit Spalding to watch Bowers work out in the coming weeks.
Spalding sinks Mount St. Joe, 61-54 Cavaliers 11 down at half; Towson Catholic beaten -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published February 25, 2002 Jesse Brooks led a spirited Archbishop Spalding in the second half last night as the Cavaliers overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Mount St. Joseph, 61-54, in the second Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference semifinal at Goucher College. The hex continued for sixth-ranked Mount St. Joseph (24-8), the only team in the league to have never won the tourney in 31 years. At 7 tonight, the No. 4 Cavaliers (27-5) can win their third BCL tournament title in four years to go with the MIAA A Conference title they clinched last night. Spalding's opponent will be defending BCL champion St. Maria Goretti of Hagerstown, a winner over Towson Catholic in last night's other semifinal. Spalding and Goretti split their two regular-season meetings. Tonight's winner will receive an automatic bid to the Alhambra Invitational in Cumberland, March 14-16. The combined leagues' JV championship will precede the big game, with Spalding taking on McDonogh at 5:30 p.m. Brooks, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard, scored eight of his 16 points in the third period as the Cavs outscored the No. 6 Gaels 16-9 to pull within 48-44 going into the last period. "They weren't showing me any respect in the first half the way they were playing me [out on the perimeter], lagging off me," said Brooks. "I decided to take it to the glass in the second half, and it paid off." While Brooks scored on three layups and two free throws in the third, the Gaels (24-8), who were on fire in the first half, hitting 16 of 22 from the field, lost their touch. St. Joe was 5-for-23 from the field in the second half, just 2-for-12 in the last eight minutes. Its first basket of the last period, by J.J. Outlaw, who had 11 points in the game, came with 2:02 remaining and Spalding leading 55-50. "We ran up-tempo and our trap more and threw in a little man-to-man," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, whose team was 9-for-20 from the floor in the second half. "The win typifies our season and the way our kids never give up and everybody contributes. We've been under this kind of pressure before because of our tough schedule." The Gaels missed seven shots from the field and three from the line before Outlaw scored, something coach Pat Clatchey found inexplicable. Landy Thompson, who led Spalding with a game-high 20 points, put the Cavs up for good at 50-48 with two free throws. Gus Durr, who came off the bench to score 12 points, hit a short jumper to make it 52-48, and Spalding then used its spread offense to run time off the clock.
By Heather A. Dinich Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, February 21, 2002; Page AA19 Title-Hungry Spalding If the Spalding boys' basketball team continues its winning ways and takes the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association/Baltimore Catholic League title this weekend, it will mean the school's basketball programs have won an unprecedented four championships. The girls' junior varsity and varsity teams and the boys' junior varsity team already have won league titles. "That's unheard of in our league," boys' coach Mike Glick said. The Lady Cavaliers won their first title in school history last week, defeating Seton Keough, 45-42, at Villa Julie College. "We had so much confidence coming in, that's what made the difference," senior Kylie Bestul said. The Spalding boys are hoping to continue the winning tradition at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher College when they play the winner of today's game between St. Francis and Loyola. The Cavaliers earned the top seed in the tournament after edging Cardinal Gibbons, 86-79, in overtime last week. © 2002 The Washington Post Company
Spalding bounces back, 70-50 No. 5 Cavaliers regain 1st by beating Calvert Hall -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published February 13, 2002 It can be said that the worst time to play the Archbishop Spalding boys basketball team is after it has lost a game. Spalding lost at Mount St. Joseph, 71-62, on Sunday and fell out of first place by a half-game behind Calvert Hall in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic A Conference. The Cardinals invaded Spalding's gym in Severn last night and the host Cavaliers regained first by a half-game with a rousing 70-50 victory. A strong second half in the paint by the Cavs' 6-foot-11 junior Will Bowers (15 points, 10 boards and four blocked shots) and 6-6 Gus Durr (six points, five rebounds and two blocks) propelled the victors. It was the fifth time after a loss this season that the No. 5 Cavaliers (24-5) won their next game. Spalding (12-3 league) will be regular-season champion if it wins at home Sunday over Cardinal Gibbons. No. 6 Calvert Hall (21-7) slipped to 11-3 in the league and has games with Mount St. Joe and Towson Catholic left. If the Hall wins both, they would tie Spalding at 13-3, but Spalding would be champion and top seed for next week's tournament by virtue of going 2-0 against Calvert Hall this season. "It's the mark of a championship team that we have bounced back after every loss this season, " said Spalding coach Mike Glick. Last night, the Cardinals broke from tradition and started with a 2-3 zone rather than their pressure man-to-man, and the teams stayed within two to three points of each other in the first half. It was 10-10 after the first period and Spalding held a 24-23 lead at the break. With Calvert Hall shooting only two-of-14 from the floor in the third period - one of the field goals a three by Gary Neal (team-high 18 points) - it was outscored 19-8. Spalding hit 7-for-13 shots and closed the quarter with a 10-0 run for a 43-31 lead. Guard Landy Thompson pumped in a pair of threes in the third. He lit it up for 11 points in the final eight minutes to finish with a game-high 22 points while the big men . "The key was going big and inserting Gus [Durr] into the lineup with a box-and-one, and we drove inside and got a lot of blocks and rebounds that led to a lot of transition buckets, " said Glick. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun
Sizzling St. Joe cools No. 2 Spalding, 71-62 19-for-22 close at line seals seventh straight league win for Gaels -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published February 11, 2002 Suddenly, Mount St. Joseph is the hottest team in the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The No. 8-ranked Gaels boys basketball team reeled off its seventh straight league win and ninth overall yesterday at home in Irvington by upsetting No. 2 Archbishop Spalding, 71-62. "We've been taking care of business lately," said Gaels point guard J.J. Outlaw. "It's all about wins and where you get seeded for the tournament." Outlaw's eight straight free throws were part of the Gaels' 19-for-22 in the final eight minutes as they pushed a 44-40 lead after three quarters to the eventual nine-point victory. For the game, Mount St. Joseph shot 30-for-39 from the line against the foul-prone Cavaliers. "Losing Cory Hudson, who is our best rebounder, really hurt us in the first half," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, who lost Hudson to fouls for good with five minutes left in the game. Hudson was held scoreless. Two other starters, 6-foot-11 Will Bowers and point guard Landy Thompson, played most of the fourth quarter with four fouls. "It was the first time this season that Cory got into foul trouble, but give a lot of credit to Mount St. Joe." Improving to 9-5 in the league, the Gaels (20-7 overall) knocked Spalding (23-5) out of first place at 11-3. No. 5 Calvert Hall (21-6) is 11-2 in the 16-game schedule. Calvert Hall, a 72-35 winner over Loyola (3-11, 11-16) yesterday, visits Spalding tomorrow night. St. Maria Goretti (18-9) is right behind Spalding at 10-4 and a game ahead of the Gaels after its 71-59 victory at Cardinal Gibbons (5-9, 14-16) yesterday. Beset by early season injuries that included 6-6 Anthony Fair, Mount St. Joseph started its winning streak after losing at home to Calvert Hall, 56-50, on Jan. 18. Since then, the Gaels have improved in nearly every facet of their game, including their foul shooting and inside game with 6-6 sophomore Will Thomas. "Once we got past those injuries and made adjustments, we've been playing as well as anybody in the area," said Gaels coach Pat Clatchey, whose team had shot 6-for-19 at the line in a 67-61 loss at Spalding on Jan 13. The development of Thomas, who had 16 points and 15 rebounds yesterday, has helped the Gaels surge. "I might be a little biased, but I think the kid is the best sophomore player in the area," Clatchey said. "But it just wasn't him today." Thomas' dunk followed Outlaw's first two free throws in the last quarter to give the Gaels a 48-40 lead. Thomas got the ball on a penetration and pass from Outlaw, who had 10 of his team-high 19 points late in the game. The last of Keon Lattimore's 18 points boosted the Gaels' lead to 58-49 with 2:23 remaining. A follow by Thomas with a minute left put the game out of reach at 62-51, despite Spalding's frantic finish. Thompson scored 12 of his game-high 24 points for Spalding in the final quarter, including 10 of the Cavs' last 13 in the final two minutes. Matt Latonick had the other three on his fifth three-pointer of the game. Copyright © 2002, The Baltimore Sun