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Maryland-bound center scores 23 in 68-60 win over Houston school By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published January 21, 2003 Archbishop Spalding's boys basketball team took third place in the First Flyin' to the Hoop National Holiday Invitational Tournament with a 68-60 victory over Heritage Christian High of Houston in Dayton, Ohio, yesterday. Will Bowers led the No. 6 Cavaliers (14-4) with game-high totals of 23 points and 10 rebounds. The 7-foot center, who has signed with the University of Maryland, was 11-for-13 in free-throw attempts. Rudy Gay scored 17 points and had seven rebounds for the victors, and point guard Jesse Brooks chipped in 11 points and six assists. "Those three had great games, and Dave Douglas played phenomenal defense on Vaughn Waver of Heritage Christian," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. "Waver is a top 15 player in the nation and is going to Florida State and had 17 points, but Dave contained him. The kids did a great job bouncing back emotionally after a tough defeat [Sunday]." Spalding dropped a 48-45 decision in the semifinals to Our Savior American High School (N.Y.) on Sunday. Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun
Poor-shooting Cavs lose in Ohio tournament, 48-45 From Staff Reports Originally published January 20, 2003 DAYTON, Ohio - Despite 19 points and 12 rebounds by Rudy Gay, No. 5 Archbishop Spalding dropped a 48-45 decision to Our Savior America High School (N.Y.) last night in the semifinals of the Flyin' to the Hoop National Holiday Invitational. Gay, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, also had two blocks and two steals on a poor shooting night for the Cavaliers (18-4). "We only shot 34 percent from the floor and didn't make the baskets when we needed to make them," said Spalding coach Mike Glick. "Overall, though, we did not play that bad." Will Bowers and Gus Durr had eight points each for the Cavaliers. Spalding will play in the third-place game tonight against Heritage Christian of Houston. Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun
No. 5 Cavaliers beat team from Montreal; By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published January 19, 2003 Will Bowers scored a season-high 22 points to pace No. 5 Archbishop Spalding to a 61-57 victory over Champlain St. Lambert of Montreal in the opening round of the First Flyin' to the Hoop National Holiday Invitational Tournament in Dayton, Ohio, yesterday. Bowers, the Cavaliers' 7-foot center who is headed to the University of Maryland, also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots. "The difference in the game was the second period when we outscored them 22-9 and had an 11-0 run to end the first half," said Spalding coach Mike Glick, whose team also had a 19-for-27 advantage from the foul line. St. Lambert (15-3) was 6-for-10 . "Having an eight-point lead [32-24] to start the second half meant a lot," Glick said. Spalding (13-3) plays 6:15 tonight vs. Our Savior America of New York in the national bracket of the tournament. Spalding junior forward Rudy Gay scored 17 points, matched Bowers in rebounds and blocks, and also had five steals.
Maryland-bound center scores 13; Spalding hands Eagles 1st league loss, 57-48 By Pat O'Malley Sun Staff Originally published January 11, 2003 Archbishop Spalding coach Mike Glick lit a fire under Will Bowers and the 7-footer took care of the inside while sharpshooter Tim Brackney lit up the outside as the host Cavaliers dealt McDonogh its first league loss, 57-48, in Severn last night. Bowers didn't start for the first time since his sophomore year. "It was a wakeup call because I've been playing bad lately and my coach hasn't liked my attitude," he said. Bowers scored a team-high 13 points off the bench, had eight rebounds and three blocks. Brackney hit three three-pointers and had 12 points and Jesse Brooks chipped in 11. No. 9 McDonogh (12-2) was led by Mike Popoko's 16 points, but never got in sync offensively and was out-rebounded 24-14. "We were a little bit impatient," said McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan. "We were behind most of the game and I think our kids tried to force the tempo." The Eagles fell to 5-1 in the combined Baltimore Catholic League and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, leaving fifth-ranked St. Frances (11-1, 3-0) as the league's only unbeaten team. With the win, No. 5 Spalding (11-3) is tied for third at 5-2. Bowers learned Thursday that he wasn't going to start and responded with a big first half, scoring 12 points. "Yeah, I really felt I had something to prove," said Bowers, who sat the first five minutes. Spalding's three-guard offense of Brooks, Brackney and Matt Latonick was very effective in thwarting McDonogh's comeback after the Cavaliers jumped out to a 32-21 halftime lead. The Eagles got within three points twice late in the third period. But Rudy Gay from the corner, Gus Durr inside and a Brackney three pushed the Cavaliers' lead back up to 51-39 early in the final period. In the second half, Bowers, who is headed to Maryland on a scholarship, scored only one point from the foul line, but despite four fouls grabbed five of his eight rebounds. "We tried to send a message to Will and he responded like a man," Glick said. "We're trying to get Will ready to play at Maryland and at that level you have to be ready to play every time you step on the court." Copyright © 2003, The Baltimore Sun
Seven-footer scores 13 off the bench to key 57-48 victory 01/11/2003 It was the marquee match-up on last night’s MIAA schedule, but at the outset the A Conference showdown between #5 Archbishop Spalding and #9 McDonogh was missing one of its biggest stars. In a effort to send a message to his struggling center, Spalding head coach Mike Glick did not start 7’-0” Will Bowers, who his headed to the University of Maryland on a basketball scholarship, for a second consecutive game and the big guy got the message loud and clear. Bowers came off the bench to score 13-points, grab eight-rebounds and block three shots to lead the Cavaliers to an important, 57-48, win over the visiting Eagles. Despite Bowers early absence, Spalding (11-3, 4-2 in the A Conference) got out of the gate fast with an effective three-guard attack. Then Bowers, who entered the contest five-minutes in, hit the court with vengeance, scoring 12-points before intermission to help Spalding forge a 32-21 halftime lead. In the third quarter, McDonogh (12-2, 4-1) battled to within three on two different occasions, but the Cavs responded each time with some clutch outside shooting. Guards Tim Brackney, who hit three three-pointers, and Jesse Brooks led this effort with 11-points each. Another key for Spalding was its domination on the glass, as it out-rebeounded McDonogh, 24-14. McDonogh’s Mike Popoko led all scorers with 16-points.