Benched Bowers rises, Cavs beat McDonogh 57-48

Posted by Michael Glick on Jan 10 2003 at 04:00PM PST
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


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