St. Maria Goretti has held on to leads this season like they were holding a hot potato.
For at least the 10th time this season, the Gaels lost a reasonable cushion to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as Bishop Walsh rallied from a 12-point deficit to snare a 60-59 decision over Goretti at the Gael Center.
"This is the most embarrassing loss for Goretti in a long time," said Gaels coach Cokey Robertson.
Logan Bolinger's baseline jumper at the horn went astray, leaving the Gaels (9-19) to wonder how they let the game get away, especially with a defense that hounded the Spartans into 26 turnovers.
"When you force 26 turnovers and can't win, it's sorry," said Robertson.
Even with senior Gene Johnson missing the game with a thumb injury and Andrew Chambers playing sick, the Gaels clicked in the first 16 minutes. They raced to an early 18-7 lead as Kevin Breslin's six points and Dan Toft's only five points of the night put Goretti in a commanding position with a 31-19 lead at halftime.