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


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