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By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published December 24, 2003 Top-ranked St. Frances and No. 5 Archbishop Spalding will represent Baltimore-area boys basketball in showcase tournaments this holiday season. St. Frances (8-1) leaves Saturday for College Station, Texas, and the McDonald's Christmas Invitational that is set to begin Monday and run through next Wednesday. Spalding (5-0) will begin play in the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Friday. The tournament will run through Tuesday, with the final televised live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. A slam-dunk contest will precede the title game, and Spalding's Rudy Gay, a 6-foot-9 forward headed to the University of Connecticut, will be among the top contenders. "Rudy has a great chance to win the slam-dunk," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. St. Frances had also entered last weekend's Mission Prep Classic in San Luis Obispo, Calif., but had to drop out when expenses became prohibitive. "It was going to cost us $8,600 to fly the team out there and we decided we couldn't do it, " said St. Frances coach William Wells. "So, we're going to Texas for what should be a very good tournament. Playing in it will only help us for when we get going in our league in January." Led by Darnell Harris, Gus Chase and Gordon Brown, the Panthers are 1-0 in the Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. Their first game after the Texas trip is a visit to Spalding Jan. 4. The Cavs (1-0 BCL) will open the Beach Ball Classic against the Landmark Christian War Eagles of Fairburn, Ga., at 8:30 p.m. Friday. The game will be broadcast live on WNAV (1430 AM). The War Eagles boast one of the top point guards in the nation (junior Justin Holland) and a national top-15 prospect (senior center Randolph Morris). "It's going to be a great challenge for us, " said Glick. "We're one of the few [nationally] unranked teams in the tournament. We're going to play four games down there and it should give us a benchmark to see where we're at, and what we have to do to get better and play in the tough BCL/MIAA." If the Cavaliers win Friday, they will play at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, likely against Edgewater (Fla.), which is ranked No. 25 nationally by USA Today. "They're [Edgewater] probably the best team in the tournament, " said Glick. Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun | Get home delivery
National Prep Basketball Poll - Week 4 = ^By Jamie DeMoney and Jeremy Plowman= The National Prep Basketball Poll is compiled by national high school sports experts Jamie DeMoney and Jeremy Plowman and a panel of sportswriters. The national Top 25 and regional Top 10's follow with won-loss records: < #1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill (16-0), thumped two Top 10 teams in winning Iolani Prep Classic in Honolulu #2. Aurora, Ill., West (9-0), downed 91-year cross-town rival Aurora East, 82-49 #3. Los Angeles, Westchester (7-0), advanced to semifinals at City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. #4. New York, Rice (2-0), big man Arturo Dubois two double-doubles last week #5. Bronx, N.Y., St. Raymond (4-0), headlines field at upcoming Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. #6. Mount Vernon, N.Y. (4-1), only loss to No. 1 Oak Hill #7. Los Angeles, Fairfax (6-1), took third place at Iolani #8. Peoria, Ill., Central (7-0), upped win streak to 36 games #9. Milwaukee, Rufus King (3-0), led by flashy G Dupree Fletcher #10. Santa Ana, Calif., Mater Dei (10-1), only loss to No. 8 Peoria Central #11. Arlington, Va., Bishop O'Connell (6-0), former NFL star Eric Metcalf is an alum #12. Cedar Hill, Texas (14-0), also will compete at the Beach Ball Classic #13. Rockville, Md., Montrose Christian (5-2), both losses to Top 10 teams #14. Memphis, Tenn., White Station (8-0), four players average in double figures #15. Maysville, Ky., Mason County (7-0), defending state champion #16. Belleville, Ill., West (7-0), guard J.B. Jones is a returning all-state player #17. Indianapolis, Lawrence North (7-0), average margin of victory is 20 points #18. Detroit, Redford (3-0), state runner-up twice since 1997 #19. Jackson, Miss., Lanier (7-2), F Charles Rhodes is Mississippi State-bound #20. Orlando, Fla., Edgewater (4-2), bolstered by return of F Kenny Ingram from football team #21. Cincinnati, Moeller (6-0), paced by Xavier recruit F Josh Duncan #22. Little Rock, Ark., Pulaski Academy (11-0), two-time defending AAA state titlist #23. Fort Worth, Texas, Dunbar (11-1), 46-game winning streak ended by No. 12 Cedar Hill #24. Jersey City, N.J., St Anthony (1-0), opened season with 52-point win #25. Houston, Milby (18-0), led by Arizona recruit F Jawaan McClellan < ^East Coast= #1. Mouth of Wilson, Va., Oak Hill, 16-0 #2. Arlington, Va., Bishop O'Connell, 6-0 #3. Rockville, Md., Montrose Christian, 5-2 #4. SEVERN,MD., ARCHBISHOP SPALDING, 5-0 #5. Fort Washington, Md., Friendly, 5-1 #6. Greensboro, N.C., Dudley, 8-1 #7. Myrtle Beach, S.C., 8-0 #8. Washington, Gonzaga, 5-1 #9. Richmond, Va., George Wythe, 4-0 #10. Glasgow, Del., 3-0 < ^Northeast= #1. New York, Rice, 2-0 #2. Bronx, N.Y., St. Raymond, 4-0 #3. Mount Vernon, N.Y., 4-1 #4. Jersey City, N.J., St. Anthony, 1-0 #5. Philadelphia, Cardinal Dougherty, 1-1 #6. Bloomfield, N.J., Bloomfield Tech, 2-0 #7. West Orange, N.J., Seton Hall Prep, 1-0 #8. Philadelphia, Saint Joseph's Prep, 8-1 #9. Chester, Pa., 6-1 #10. Charlestown, Mass., 2-0
18-8 third period propels No. 5 Cavaliers, 61-41 By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published December 20, 2003 Archbishop Spalding showed it can play defense and turned a lethargic first half into a strong second half in Severn last night. The host Cavaliers forced 22 turnovers and put away St. Maria Goretti of Hagerstown, 61-41. With high-flying Rudy Gay scoring 10 of his game-high 19 points, the No. 5 Cavaliers (5-0) outscored the Gaels 18-8 in the third period on the way to taking their Baltimore Catholic League opener. Gay scored his 10 third-period points in about four minutes. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound senior started his run with a layup. He followed that with three two-handed dunks that had the fans cheering wildly, and he ended with a smooth jumper from the top of the key to give Spalding a 44-20 lead. Despite Gay's fireworks, coach Mike Glick, who won his 100th game in five years at Spalding, wanted to talk about his gifted senior's defense. "Rudy does such a great job on defense being long and getting deflections and getting his hands on a lot of balls," said Glick, whose team shot 35 percent (11-for-31) in the first half and 37 percent (24-for-65) for the game. "He keyed our run at the top of our 1-2-2 press. He did a great job defensively." Gay, who also had game-high totals of 10 rebounds (eight defensive) and four blocked shots, played a part in forcing six Gaels turnovers in the third period. "In the back [locker room], we just talked about all the things we did wrong in the [first half]," said Gay. "We just came out and tried to do the things we did wrong better. It's going to be games like that, but we just try to play every game like its our last." Junior guard Marquis Sullivan, grandson of former Baltimore Colts defensive end Roy Hilton, had 15 points, including the Cavs' last basket of the third period. Sullivan took a pass from Gay to score and give Spalding a 46-24 lead after 24 minutes. The Cavaliers have a deep backcourt led by senior Jesse Brooks to complement Gay's all-round game, and it showed last night. Brooks had only four points, but had six assists and two steals. Justin Castleberry contributed 10 points from the backcourt and Kevin Galinat had two points and a couple of steals and a couple of assists. "I like our up-tempo style, " said Castleberry, a junior transfer from DeMatha. "We push it and we share the ball. Everybody is having fun, as you saw tonight." Nine Cavs scored at least two points. Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun | Get home delivery --------------------------------------------------------------------- Junior guard Marquis Sullivan had 15 points and five assists while senior forward Rudy Gay added 19 points and nine rebounds as No.1 Spalding handled visiting St. Maria Goretti last night, 61-41. Justin Castleberry scored 10 points for the Cavaliers, who were up by up by 22 at the end of the third quarter thanks to a strong defensive effort. "I was very impressed by what we were doing defensively," Spalding coach Mike Glick said. "We were giving ourselves plenty of offensive opportunities because of our defensive efforts." Jesse Brooks dished out eight assists for Spalding in the victory. St. Maria Goretti (2-3) 8 8 8 17 _41 Spalding (5-0) 15 13 18 15 _61Spalding (61) Gay 9 1-2 19, Brooks 0 2-2 2, Castleberry 3(1) 3-3 10, Dixon 1 0-0 2, Galinat 0 2-2 2, Cornell 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 6(1) 2-2 15, Jones 2 0-0 4, John 1 0-0 2, Bisciotti 1 1-2 3. TOTALS: 24(2) 11-15 61.
Bowers “3” sends game to overtime 12/20/2002 At 7’-0”, Will Bowers has not attempted many three-point field goals during his career, but the senior center drained one last night, with just four-seconds remaining in regulation, to send top ranked Archbishop Spalding to overtime, where it claimed a 56-51 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt High School, in Green Belt. For Bowers, who will play at the University of Maryland next year, it was just his second career trey. In this contest, he scored 19-points and had 10-rebounds. Junior Rudy Gay also had another huge night for the Cavaliers, scoring 29-points and collecting 10-rebounds. The Cavs (6-0, 2-0 in the A Conference) return to league play this Sunday with a huge 1:45 pm matchup at #4 Mount St. Joseph.
by Keith S. Cavanaugh Terripian Times December 13, 2003 Wow, what a game it was tonight as Good Counsel and James Gist squared off with Spalding and Rudy Gay in the Bullis Tournament in Potomac. But there was a slight setback, though, as James Gist was injured in the final minutes of a highlight-reel showdown between the DC area's top players. Spalding won the game, 56-46, but it was a close game before Gist went down with a calf injury in the final four minutes. He and Gay battled all night with both getting 'theirs,' but while Gist was on Gay he held the super senior forward to 5 of 16 shooting from the field in a fierce battle. Gay would go on to score a flurry of points in the final minutes with Gist injured, finishing with 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in a strong all-around performance, while Gist had 11 points, 13 boards, 2 blocks and 2 assists before exiting the game. Afterwards, he was icing the calf and walking with crutches but hopefully it is nothing serious. Anyhow, it was a barn-burner with both athletes going back and forth and displaying why they are the best prep talents in the area. Just the thought of both on the same court at Maryland, if it had happened, wow... Anyhow, many wrote off Good Counsel and its inexperienced backcourt before the game tipped off, so it was a heck of showing despite it all. We'll keep you posted on Gist's injury... ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SPALDING STANDS TALL by Washington Post 12/13/03 Rudy Gay and Spalding prevailed in a showdown with Good Counsel and its standout big man, James Gist, as the Cavaliers defeated the Falcons, 56-46, in the first round of the Bullis Holiday Classic. Gay and Gist clashed most of the game, with Gay coming out on top with 23 points and 18 rebounds. Gist had 11 points and nine rebounds before leaving the game due to a calf injury with about three minutes left in the game. "They did a tremendous job of battling back and forth," Spalding Coach Mike Glick said. "It was a tremendous battle between two great players