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Owls pull away early from Goretti

January 05, 2004|by JACK HILL III

Towson Catholic jumped on St. Maria Goretti in the second quarter and never looked back, taking the Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball game 52-43 Sunday at the Gael Center.

The Owls outscored the Gaels 19-4 in the second period on their way to a 31-13 halftime lead.

"We dug ourselves a big hole in the first half," said Goretti coach Cokey Robertson, whose team fell to 7-5 (0-2). "You can't dig yourselves a big hole like that against a good team. They are quick, they can shoot and they can rebound. We made too many turnovers and our defensive end wasn't solid in the first half. We have got to get a little better scoring punch. We need to find that person who can score a lot to get us out of trouble."

Forward Darren Hopkins came off of the bench to score a game-high 18 points, while Jamal Smith collected 12 rebounds and 10 points for Towson (10-3, 2-1).

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Carroll Mitchell had seven assists and Steve Johns made four steals for the Owls. Cyaka Ndoba, a 6-foot-10 senior center, had three blocked shots for Towson, despite spending much of the game on the bench in foul trouble.

"We have played four games in the last five days," Towson coach Mike Daniel said. "Anytime that we get a win on the road, it is great. It is especially great if it is at Goretti, because Cokey Robertson does such a good job. He always has them ready to play."

Daniel had no complaints about his team's first-half play.

"We played very well in the first half and that was the difference in the game," he said. "Everything was clicking in the first half. We did a good job. We ran out of gas a little bit in the second half."

Junior Joey Spierenburg scored 12 of his 14 points during the second half, while Andy Chambers had four assists for the Gaels.

"We picked up on our defense in the second half," Robertson said. "We did a much better job of going to the basket more aggressively in the second half as a team."

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