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Goretti loses by two

February 06, 2000|By JACK HILL III

Both teams had the same nickname - Gaels - and the same scrappy style of play.

But Mount St. Joseph's canned nine 3-pointers to pull out a 53-51 victory over St. Maria Goretti on Sunday afternoon in a Baltimore Catholic League boys' basketball game.

Goretti (16-13 overall, 6-4 BCL) was leading Mount St. Joseph's (17-7 overall, 5-5 BCL) by a 36-33 margin after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter, Mount St. Joseph's got back-to-back 3-pointers from Lionel Jennings and J.J. Outlaw. Tracy Bowers followed with a basket to complete Mount St. Joseph's 8-0 run as it went ahead 43-40 with 5:11 remaining in the game. The lead then changed hands a few times before Mount St. Joseph's took the lead for good at 49-47 with 1:52 left on a three-pointer by Outlaw.

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Mount St. Joseph's upped its lead to 52-49 when Outlaw sank two free throws with 20 seconds remaining. Chip Chambers kept Goretti's slim hopes alive with a basket with four seconds left. Goretti called a timeout and then instantly fouled Mount St. Joseph's on the inbounds pass.

Bowers made the second of his two foul shots with three seconds left to give Mount St. Joseph's a 53-51 advantage. Rodney Gibson then attempted a long 3-point shot near center court but the ball bounced off of the backboard and the rim at the buzzer.

"I was really pleased with how well that we played in the first half," Mount St. Joseph's coach Pat Clatchy said. "We came out flat in the second half and we struggled to score. We took advantage of our opportunities. We found a way to win."

Outlaw scored 13 points, while Jennings and Bowers added 11 points each for Mount St. Joseph's. Both Outlaw and Jennings had a trio of 3-pointers, while Bowers added two 3-pointers.

Chambers led Goretti with 16 points. Chad Brashears scored nine of his 11 points during the third quarter to help St. Maria Goretti come back from a 29-19 halftime deficit and go ahead 36-33. Brashears and Gibson grabbed six rebounds each.

"We were playing catch-up rather than being the catchee," coach Cokey Robertson said. "During the first half, we were out of sync. We gave up some easy baskets. It was just a disappointing loss after the good effort that we gave in the second half."

Mount St. Joseph's 53, Goretti 51




MOUNT ST. JOSEPH'S (53)

Outlaw 13, Bowers 11, Floyd 2, Johnson 4, Jennings 11, Gilman 5, Mickens 7. Totals 18 8-14 53.

ST. MARIA GORETTI (51)

Brashears 11, Chung 7, Herman 2, Chambers 16, Tanner 7, Gibson 6, Young 2. Totals 20 9-11 51.

Mount St. Joseph's1613420-53

St. Maria Goretti1181715-51

Three-point goals: Mount St. Joseph's 9 (Outlaw 3, Bowers 2, Jennings 3, Gilman). St. Maria Goretti 2 (Brashears, Chambers).

JV: Mount St. Joseph's 58-53 in OT. (Mount St. Joseph's: Rich Baker - 16 points. St. Maria Goretti - Derek Davis - 23 points.)

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