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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
Junior's 11-point 2nd half lifts Cavaliers; senior gets 21 points, 13 rebounds By Derek Toney Special To The Sun Originally published December 10, 2003 Most of the crowd at last night's Woodlawn-at-Spalding boys basketball game might have come to get a glimpse of Cavaliers All-America senior forward Rudy Gay. But it was Marquis Sullivan who stole the show. The junior guard scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half as the No. 5 Cavaliers rallied to defeat the No. 12 Warriors, 58-51, in the season's first meeting of top-20 teams. "I thought Marquis gave us a huge spark offensively and defensively," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. " ... He's a testament to hard work and fortitude." Gay, a returning first-team All-Metro player, was a force with a game-high 21 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots for the Cavaliers (1-0). Senior forward Jason Goode led Woodlawn with 16 points, and Lance Fuller scored 11. The Warriors, looking to unseat Randallstown in Baltimore County and make a run at the 4A North region title, led by as many as eight points late in the third quarter, but Spalding rallied to pull even at 43 after a three-pointer by Sullivan and two free throws by Gay. A rebound and ferocious dunk by the Connecticut-bound Gay pushed Spalding ahead 48-43 with 6:49 remaining. Woodlawn cut it to 52-49 after a three-point play by Jordan Brown. But the Cavaliers spread the court, and Sullivan blew past the Warriors' defense for a layup with 1:19 left in regulation. With Gay likely facing double and triple teams this winter, Spalding will need performances like Sullivan's if it hopes to hold up during a tough December schedule that includes a trip to the Beach Ball Classic in South Carolina. "He's going to get doubled, and we have to hit our shots," said Sullivan, a reserve last season. "This was my first big game, and I felt comfortable out there with my teammates." The Warriors took a 14-9 lead with a patient half-court offense and 6-for-11 shooting. The Baltimore County school led 18-11, with Fuller and Brandon Carr combining for 14 points. Woodlawn gained its largest advantage of the first half at 22-14, converting an offensive foul against Cavaliers guard Justin Castleberry into a basket by Goode. In less than 12 minutes, Spalding had 11 turnovers. Gay seemingly brought the Cavaliers out of their malaise, following a miss by Castleberry with another hard dunk for a three-point play. The Cavaliers went on an 8-0 run to pull even at 22 with 3:06 left in the half. A three-pointer by Sullivan helped Spalding gain its first lead, 27-26, with 35 seconds remaining, but a rebound and follow shot by Goode gave Woodlawn the advantage heading into halftime. The Warriors opened the second half with a 6-0 run to lead 34-27, and later extended it to eight on a three-pointer by Fuller. But Woodlawn went scoreless for nearly five minutes toward the end of the third quarter, then continued to falter in the fourth quarter. "We made a few mental mistakes in the fourth quarter, and against a good team like Spalding, you can't do that," said Warriors coach Eddie Green. Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun | Get home delivery
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Spalding wins opener as Gay shines 58-51

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By BILL WAGNER Staff Writer Maryland Capital Gazette For Rudy Gay and his Spalding teammates, it was nice to focus on just playing a basketball game. So much attention had been given to Gay's summer-long recruitment and subsequent fall signing with Connecticut, it threatened to obscure the fact he's a 17-year-old trying to enjoy his senior season of high school. Gay's dramatic rise to likely McDonald's All-American and NBA prospect has overshadowed the other Spalding players, many of whom are quite talented in their own right. Gay proved he's every bit as good as the hype, while Spalding showed it's a team and not just a superstar with supporting cast in edging Woodlawn, 58-51, last night in the season opener for both teams. Despite double- and triple-teaming throughout, Gay scored 21 points on a mixture of jumpers, dunks and free throws. The long-armed 6-foot-8 leaper was a real stat sheet stuffer with 13 rebounds, six blocked shots, four steals and three assists. The bouncy, high-flying athlete threw down three dunks - a pair of emphatic two-handers off offensive rebounds and a spectacular one-handed tomahawk following a steal in the backcourt. Yet Gay wasn't the sole reason Spalding rallied from an eight-point third quarter deficit. Junior guard Marquis Sullivan, a seldom-used reserve last season, showed he is ready to assume a more significant role by scoring 16 points. Senior point guard Jesse Brooks battled a severely sprained ankle to score nine points and provide floor leadership. DeMatha transfer Justin Castleberry had a decent debut with nine points and played some hard-nosed defense. "We know Rudy is going to get a lot of defensive attention. When teams double Rudy, it leaves the rest of us open. We need to knock down our shots," said Sullivan, who used his speed and quickness to break down defenders and get to the basket. Power forward Jason Goode - a Division I football prospect as a 230-pound defensive end - scored 16 points to lead Woodlawn, which grabbed control from the outset and led for most of three quarters. A four-point play by guard Keith Mallory helped the visiting Warriors build an eight-point lead early in the third quarter. Gay ignited his team with the steal and dunk and wound up scoring seven points down the stretch to help the Cavaliers forge a 43-43 tie entering the final quarter. Sullivan stepped up in the final period, finishing a pair of fastbreaks and beating his man off the dribble during a semi-stall for another layup. Gay jammed home an offensive rebound, blocked a shot and dished off two assists during a 9-2 run that gave Spalding a 52-45 lead with 3:21 left in the game. "I thought the key player was Marquis Sullivan. He came off the bench and gave us a huge lift, both offensively and defensively," Glick said. "I also thought our sophomore, Johann Jones, stepped up strong. I was proud of how resilient our guys were." Glick knew his squad, ranked No. 3 in the Baltimore metro area, had dodged a bullet. He had high praise for Woodlawn, which is loaded with athletes and has the look of a Class 4A state championship contender. "We wanted to come out and match their intensity and emotion ... I thought we did that and were able to stay in the game until the fourth quarter," Woodlawn coach Eddie Green said. "We had the lead, had Spalding right where we wanted. I'm disappointed we weren't able to finish it off." Spalding showed some rust, the result of not being able to play in a season-opening tournament due to the weekend snowstorm. "In 11 years of coaching, I've never had such a long preseason," Glick said. "Our guys were very anxious to play. I could tell they all had a lot of butterflies." Gay's selection of Connecticut over Maryland produced a firestorm of controversy and media scrutiny unwanted by either the player or the program. Glick had grown so tired of answering questions about Gay's recruitment that his usual refrain had become: "I just want to coach my team." The fifth-year Spalding coach was reluctant to address the topic again last night, even when asked the rather benign question about whether it was nice to put the recruiting issues behind and get down to the business of playing games. "You work hard in the off-season in order to be able to play well in the games. It was great to get out there and show that all the hard work has paid off," Glick said. It was obvious last night from the way he soared high over others on the court for rebounds, dunks and blocks that Gay is a rare talent. Green believes the blue-chipper's presence is felt more on the defensive end through the threat of blocked shots. "Every time you go to the rack, you think about Rudy. That's how he changes the game," Green said. Woodlawn (0-1) 18 10 15 8 _51 Spalding (1-0) 11 16 16 15 _48Woodlawn (51) Brown 3 3-4 9, Mallory 1(1) 4-5 7, Carr 4 0-0 8, Goode 6 4-4 16, Fuller 5(1) 0-0 11. TOTALS: 19(2) 11-13 51. Spalding (58) Gay 6(2) 7-10 21, Brooks 4(1) 0-0 9, Castleberry 2 5-6 9, Galinat 0 1-2 1, Cornell 1 0-0 2, Sullivan 7(2) 0-0 16. TOTALS: 20(5) 13-18 58. Published December 10, 2003, The Capital, Annapolis, Md. Copyright © 2003 The Capital, Annapolis, Md.