John Carroll and Mount St. Joe wins for BCL in hoops showdown with WCAC


The Charm City Challenge returned to Baltimore Saturday, and in four high school basketball games matching teams from the Baltimore Catholic League (BCL) against clubs from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), the outcome was a split decision as each conference won a pair of games at UMBC’s RAC Arena.

The WCAC got its victories on the book ends as Bishop McNamara topped Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 65-43, in the opener, and Gonzaga routed St. Frances, 81-57, in the nightcap. In between John Carroll School put the BCL on the board with 94-60 pounding of St. Mary’s-Ryken and Mount St. Joseph pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 64-51 win over St. John’s College.


Jordan Jones had a game-high 19 points for Mount Carmel, but the Cougars fell to Bishop McNamara in the opening match of the Charm City Challenge Saturday. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Sluggish start dooms the Cougars

Playing for the third time in four days and and less than 24 hours after a tough league game against Loyola Blakefield, Our Lady of Mount Carmel struggled on the offensive end for much of its contest with Bishop McNamara and that ultimately spelled doom for the Cougars in their 65-43 setback.

Both teams were sluggish early and Mount Carmel was able to hold the Mustangs scoreless for nearly 10 minutes of game time, starting midway through the first quarter, but failed to take advantage on the offensive end. When McNamara’s drought began the game was tied, 10-10, and just prior to it ending, Mount Carmel had only managed to built a 15-10 advantage.

“A couple of possessions didn’t go the way we wanted to on offense,” said Mount Carmel coach Hakim Hibbert of the stretch. “We got some stops, but just weren’t able to convert on the opposite end.”

McNamara rebounded to outscore the previously unbeaten Cougars (3-1) 20-9 in the second quarter, as the connected on four three pointers in the stanza and took a 30-22 lead to the break.

Jordan Jones, who had a quiet first half, helped Mount Carmel go on a 5-0 run at the start of the second to pull within three, the Mustangs countered with an 11-1 surge to push their lead to 13 at 41-28. Jones, who scored seven in the third quarter and finished with a game-high 19 points, and Rasheed Brown helped the Cougars regroup and the battled back within five, at 45-40 at the end of three quarters.

Jones also scored the first two baskets of the third quarter and, suddenly, the Cougars trailed by just one,

A 3-pointer and a pair of free throws by McNamara’s Ibn Williams turned the tide again and the Mustangs, starting a 16-6 burst that put Bishop McNamar in control for good.

“I thought our guys came out a little sluggish today,” said Hibbert. “We didn’t get a good start, the start we wanted to get, obviously with us playing yesterday, but still guys have to come out and be ready to play.”

Williams led the Mustangs with 17 points and Brandon Joyner scored 15. In addition to Jones, Mount Carmel got 13 points from Dwight Felton and 11 from Brown.

Despite the setback, Hibbert believes his team will prosper as the season marches forward.

“I expect that we’re going to be a team that gets better and better as the year goes on. Our chemistry will get much better. The guys will continue to work hard and I am still expecting us to have a pretty decent season.”

–Gary Adornato

BISHOP MCNAMARA 65, MOUNT CARMEL 53
BM 10 20 15 20 — 65
MC 13 9 18 13 — 53
BISHOP MCNAMARA: Williams 17, Taylor 7, Marshall 7, Wilkins 5, Joyner 15, Woman 4, Kirkland 3, Moore 1, Bell 5, Wiggins 1. TOTALS: 20 14-23 65.
MOUNT CARMEL: Felton 13, Watson 4, Brown 11, Jones 19, Miller 6. TOTALS: 19 9-20 53.


John Carroll’s Brandon Craig (1) goes up for a shot with St. Mary’s Ryken’s Jules Bikoy trailing. The Patriots won the BCL’s first contest at the Charm City Challenge with a 94-60 victory. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Patriots unload on Ryken

The John Carroll School boys’ basketball team has a ton of weapons and most of them were on display Saturday at UMBC’s RAC Arena, as the Patriots unloaded on St. Mary’s-Ryken, 94-60, in the second game of the Charm City Classic.

Leading 9-6 in the first quarter, John Carroll closed the opening frame with a 12-4 run. The lead grew to 35-21 in the second quarter and the Patriots closed out the half with authority, going on a 10-2 charger to go to the half with a commanding 45-21 lead.

Junior Yavuz Gultekin, a 6-foot-7 transfer from Turkey, flashed his versatility all afternoon, as he banged with the big guys on the interior, blocked shots, triggered the offense from the point, drained three-points and scored on put-back slams, as he scored a game-high 19 points.

Senior star Montez overcame a slow start to finish with 17 points, including 11 in the second half, while point guard Nigel Haughton added nine points.

“I thought we were pretty good offensively. We need to fine tune some things defensively,” said John Carroll coach John Zitto. Way too many fouls, a lot of missed rotations, so we are by no means a finished product.”

Of course, the Patriots (3-1) are still playing without their biggest weapon of all, senior All-American and University of Kentucky commit Immanuel Quickley, who is recovering from mononucleosis.

According to Zitto, Quickely’s return will be “sooner than later. He should be back soon, sooner than later.”

The win capped a busy week for John Carroll. The opened the week last Monday with a big home win over Mount St. Joseph, lost in overtime to St. Frances on Wednesday, and routed Calvert Hall at home on Friday night.

“It was a lot,” said Zitto of his team’s busy first week. “It was a lot, but I’m proud of my guys. It was a good test of a couple of things. One, obviously where we are basketball wise, two, our conditioning and, three, just us as a basketball team.”

–Gary Adornato

JOHN CARROLL 94, ST. MARY’S-RYKEN 60
SMR 10 11 15 24 — 60
JC 21 24 25 23 — 94
ST. MARY’S-RYKEN: Tull 6, Jasper 8, Summer 3, Bikoy 10, Ward 2, Tang 2, Tackles 9, Kurnaz 19. TOTALS: 11-13 13 19.
JOHN CARROLL: Craig 4, Saccenti 7, Goyena 8, Haughton 9, Meads 3, Gultekin 19, Auguste 2, Byers 12, Mathis 17, Ismail 1, Anderson 4. TOTALS: 32 25-35 94.


James Bishop goes up for two of his 20 points for Mount St. Joseph Saturday against St. John’s College. The Gaels dominated play in the second half to win their third straight decision. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Bishop and Smith carry Gaels again

The third game of the afternoon was nearly an instant replay of St. Joe’s BCL league win over St. Maria Goretti on Friday night, as senior stars James Bishop and Jalen Smith helped the Gaels finish strong for a 64-51 win over St. John’s College.

Just as they did on Friday, the Gaels came from behind in the second half and outmatched their opponent in the final quarter.

St. Joe (4-1) trailed at at the half, 29-25, and it was a one-point game late in the third quarter before the Mount stepped up on offense.

Smith and Bishop combined for 41 points. In addition to being a defensive force, Smith rattled the rim several times on the offensive end and finished with 21 points, despite constant defensive pressure from the Cadets.

“I am used to it,” said Smith of the pounding he takes game after game. “Once they double team me, it opens up shots for Bish, Tyree (Myers) and Kendall (McMillan). There was a little fatigue but we had to buckle down and fight against it.”

“I didn’t shoot well the whole game, so in the fourth quarter I knew my team would need me,” said Bishop. “I just tried to focus in and hit some big shots for the game.”

Nine of Bishop’s 20 points came on three fourth quarter 3-pointers in the fourth quarter as Pat Clatchey’s defending Baltimore Catholic League champions went on a run to break open what had been a close game.

Casey Morsell led St. John’s, ranked No. 6 in the District area by the Washington Post, with 14 points.

–Joe DiBlasi

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 61, ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE 51
SJC 16 13 11 11 — 51
MSJ 10 15 21 18 — 64
ST. JOHN’S: Wood 8, Hunt 4, Dunn 2, Leggett 4, Morrell 14, Abbott 3, Maddox 9, Njoku 7.
MOUNT ST. JOE: McMillan 12, Myers 9, Bishop 20, Smith 21, McDonald 2.


St. Frances’ Jordan Toles drives to the basket as Gonzaga’s Myles Stute defends during the final match of Saturday’s Charm City Challenge. Gonzaga gained a tie for the WCAC with an 81-57 rout of the Panthers. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

Panthers no match for WCAC champs

There was nothing good and a lot bad and ugly for St. Frances Academy in the nightcap against Gonzaga College.

The reigning WCAC champs, playing their first contest, easily disposed of the Panthers, 81-57. Sophomore post Terrance Williams finished with 21 points for the Eagles, ranked No. 5 in the District region.

Any chance of Baltimore taking the Savage/Wootten Trophy was gone by halftime as Gonzaga constructed a 45-21 advantage. The Eagles led by as many as 29 points in the second half.

Playing its third game this week and second within 24 hours, St. Frances coach Nick Myles said that was no excuse for a performance he called “embarrassing.”

“We’ve been great defensively all year and we’ve been well prepared. I got to blame myself,” said Myles. “I can’t blame we got four games in a week. We just didn’t prepare well enough.”

Gonzaga, who won 32 games (No. 1 in District area and 19th nationally by USA Today) along with the WCAC and Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament titles last season, looked like an well-oiled machine Saturday, leading 25-12 with six different players scoring. Reserves Malcolm Dread and Myles Stute, who didn’t score in the first period, combined for 11 points in the second as Gonzaga led 45-21.

The lead grew to 56-27 after a three-point play from Williams, the game’s MVP, with 5 minutes, 25 seconds left in the third, but St. Frances (5-1) mounted a brief rally. The east Baltimore scored the next nine points, capped by Adrian “Ace” Baldwin’s 3-pointer, closing the margin to 20.

Gonzaga quickly answered as Chuck Harris converted a basket, and, off a turnover, Penn State recruit Myles Dread broke away for a dunk. Harris, a sophomore, finished with 15 points.

“They made shots. They had to shoot about 60-percent,” said Myles. “They were well prepared.”

Myles thought Gonzaga had extra motivation after St. Frances won at the University of Maryland Team Camp during the summer.

“They gave us an old fashioned street light butt whipping,” Myles said.

Junior Rajeir Jones led St. Frances with 12 points, and Baldwin added 10. The Panthers are back in action Monday with a BCL match with Mount Carmel.

–Derek Toney

GONZAGA COLLEGE 81, ST. FRANCES ACADEMY 57

Gonzaga 25 20 21 15 – 81

St. Frances 12 9 19 17 – 57

Gonzaga: Marshall 2, Williams 22, Hubb 2, Myles Dread 8, Hardy 2, Watts 8, Harris 15, Malcolm Dread 7, Blunt 9, Stute 6. Totals 15-17 81.

St. Frances: Jones 12, Baldwin 10, Murphy 5, Epps 5, Ferguson 9, Diop 4, Toles 6, Royster 4, Moore 2. Totals 22 9-15 57.