Calvert Hall revenged a 93-90 double overtime loss to Mt. Carmel, by defeating them 71-68 in the MIAA A conference finals. Calvert Hall also ended Mt. Carmel's 19-game win streak, that dated back to December 20th.
Once again I have to give credit to the "The Red C", Calvert Hall's student section, for showing up strong and loud. The Cardinals definitely fed off the crowd's energy in this one, even breaking the team huddle with them before tipoff. Both teams got off to slow a start though, only tied at 11 after the first quarter. Mt. Carmel started off 0-5 before scoring freshman, Montez Mathis, scored their first point. The first quarter included some tough defense and back-n-forth play, which was basically the story of the whole game.
At halftime, Calvert Hall led 28-27 but they could have easily been down by double digits. Mt. Carmel missed 8 free throws in the first half, and when you look back on this game, it's easy to say that those early miss free throws hurt them. Also by the end of the 1st half, things were starting to get chippy. With a few seconds remaining in the half, Will Jenkins Jr of Mt Carmel and Drew Edwards of Calvert Hall, got tangle up on the ground, a few words were exchange, and refs had to break things up. That was only the beginning of a very chippy second half.
In the 2nd half, Calvert Hall began to pull away from Mt. Carmel by winning the battle in the paint. Big man Evan Phoenix for Hall, came through with 17 points and was a big presence inside on both ends of the floor. He outplayed his counterpart, Eric Erebor of Mt. Carmel, who fouled out with 4 points.
The Cardinals would build an 8 point lead going into the 4th quarter and the Cougars would hit a few shots but couldn't get any stops. Things would also escalate in the 4th quarter, when a scruffle broke out between Jenkins and Phoenix over a hard foul. The game would stop for a good 20 minutes just so the players could calm down, cause like I said, it was chippy pretty much the whole game. Once play resumed, the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run building a 63-46 lead with 5:17 remaining in the game, it wasn't over yet though.
Carmel would go on a run of their own, 13-2, with Jenkins scoring 6 (finished with 12) of those, making it 59-65 with 2:10 remaining. The Cougars never turned the corner but they did a damn good job at trying. Terry Nolan scored 8 points in the final minute of the game, really impressing me with his ability to always get a shot off, along with the way he hustle for the ball, he finished with 15.
I hope these two will meet one more time in the BCL tournament. This was a very entertaining game between two very good teams. Calvert Hall got big minutes from their role players like Reggie Rouse, who scored 14, and Justin Gorham, who helped Phoenix locked down the paint. The Baltimore Catholic League Tournament will begin Thursday and we'll be sure to keep you up to date throughout.