Cameron Shaw scores 29 as Dons bid for an upset, but James Bishop sparks late surge for the Gaels


Senior James Bishop (left) hit three fourth quarter threes and scored 23 points to help MSJ hold off Loyola. Freshman Ausar Crawley, in his first varsity game, scored five points, including a clutch three in the fourth, to help the cause.

by Joe DiBlasi

Loyola Blakefield’s Cameron Shaw gave No. 5 Mount St. Joseph all it could handle on Monday night before the host Gaels got some clutch shooting of their own from James Bishop and Ausar Crawley to shake the pesky Dons and claim a 67-62 victory in an MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League match-up in Irvington.

The Gaels (7-2 overall, 4-0 MIAA, 3-1 BCL) held a 9-point lead at the half before Shaw  single-handedly took the game into his own hands with 3:27 to go in the third quarter. Shaw garnered all 16 of Loyola points, over four-minute span, as the Dons went from a nine down to a 4-point lead.

Shaw was a one-man show for Loyola coach Josh Davalli. His dazzling shooting display included 11-for-11 from the free throw line, to go along with four treys from the floor. Shaw’s slick-shooting side kick J.J.

Halaby finished the night with 17 points, 10 of which came in the frenzied fourth quarter.

It took another stellar effort from Bishop, St. Joe’s steady senior, who nailed three impressive threes in the fourth quarter to keep the to keep the Gaels in the game.

It took a another clutch trey, with 58 seconds left in regulation, from MSJ freshman Ausar Crawley to give coach Pat Clatchey the bucket his team needed to dispatch the fiesty Dons (5-4 overall, 1-2 MIAA, 1-3 BCL). It was Crawley’s first appearance in a varsity game after Clatchey elevated him from the JV earlier in the day.

Bishop finished with 23 points and Jalen Smith added 18 for the Mount.

“We had to stay together as a team and not let their lead get us down,” said Bishop. “We had to keep playing hard. I was fortunate to hit some shots that helped us win. Coach Clatchey and my teammates constantly encourage me to keep shooting.”

Crawley said that he had just given up a bucket on defense before his key three.

“I knew I had to get it back and make a big play on offense,” said Crawley. “I know that my coaches and teammates trust my play, and I just played my game tonight.”

Bishop lauded the play of the Dons. “They showed us tonight that they can compete.”

Loyola’s Cameron Shaw led all scorers with 29 points.

Loyola’s Shaw has developed into a top-notch a conference performer. He summed up the overall performance of his team by saying, “We’re not happy with the scoreboard but we’re very happy with our effort on the floor tonight.

“We came out knowing that Saint Joe had talented players, and we worked hard to execute our plays and stick to what Coach Davalli has taught us. We ran our offense and just played hard.”

Loyola was able to pack the middle with their 2-3 zone, which allowed them to try to keep Saint Joe ‘s 6-foot-10 Smith from dominating play. “We knew we had to contain him and be active in that zone,” added Shaw.

The Dons had numerous backdoor layups that allowed then to stay with the Gaels for all 32 minutes

“We read our defenders off the screen, and if a defender is right on us, we curl in for the layup, and when we are over played we’re on the back door,” said Shaw.

Shaw and Hallaby combined for 46 points for the Dons, to out-gun St. Joe’s dynamic duo of Bishop and Smith, who combined for 41.

Shaw praised the play of his teammate Hallaby. “He’s a very shifty guard and he’s hard to contain.”

NO. 5 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 67, LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 62

LOY  12  12  18  20    62

MSJ  15  18   8   26    67

LOYOLA: Shaw 29, Hallaby 17,  C. Nnake 3, Hepting 3,

D. Nnake 4, Young 4, Fischer 2.

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH: Bishop 23, Smith 18, McMillan 12, Myers 5,

McDonald 2, Edokpayi 2, Crawley 5.