New Town High boys’ basketball team has veered from its winning formula the last several games. The Titans picked a good time to return to form.
The ninth-ranked Titans defeated No. 4 McDonogh School, 49-48, in a non-league contest in Owings Mills Monday.. Senior guard Devin Smith finished with a game-high 19 points for New Town (8-2 overall) and Rashad Faust added 10.
Senior post Quincy Roche’s basket with 18 seconds remaining in regulation was the difference for the Baltimore County school which earned a fourth victory over a VSN Top 20 squad this season. The Titans had dropped two of three going into Monday’s contest.
“We played together. We were patient when it really counted,” said New Town coach Mike Daniel. “The two losses are eating at them but like I told them you can’t throw your tennis anymore. We got to play.”
“Two weeks ago we took a tough loss to Poly and right after that a tough loss to Catonsville,” said Smith. “It’s a really big win.”
Trailing 48-45 with 2:55 to play, Smith brought the Titans to within a point. Neither squad scored the next two minutes, and New Town gained possession in the final seconds.
After a timeout with 30 seconds left,, Roche got a pass from Matthew Johnson and laid it off the glass, giving the Titans the lead. Roche, a Temple University football recruit, was impressed how New Town battled back from a double-digit deficit in the first half.
“We started sharing the basketball more. Everybody touched the ball,” said Roche, 6-foot-4. “We stayed clam and that’s what got us the win.”
New Town got the ball back with six seconds left after McDonogh’s Noah Locke was called for traveling. Johnson was fouled and missed the front end of a one-and one.
The Eagles (14-6) got the ball to Locke again, but his desperation heave just past midcourt was off the mark. McDonogh controlled the play for most of the first half Monday, leading 24-14 in the second quarter after a basket from Charles Okehie. The Titans closed to within 26-22 at intermisson.
Trailing 36-30, New Town closed the third quarter with an 11-0 run, featuring Chris Fitzgerald’s three-pointer and two baskets from Faust to capture its first advantage since the opening quarter. McDonogh reclaimed the lead, 44-43, with 5:29 left in regulation as senior forward Bruce Moore hit two three-pointers in an 8-2 spurt.
Moore, who will play for Bucknell next season, led all scorers for McDonogh.with 21 points. The backcourt of Locke and Damian Chong-Qui combined for 23.
“I thought we got great shots but didn’t make them. They made some though shots and deserved to win,” said Eagles coach David Gately, whose team was coming off a victory over then-No. 3 John Carroll School Friday evening in MIAA A Conference action. “We play one of the toughest schedules in the Baltimore we hope these type of games on the road helps us in league play.”
Monday’s win was New Town’s third in as many tries against MIAA A squads. The Titans’ four wins against VSN’s Top 20 competition are by a combined 11 points.
“The only way we can do this is play together, anything else we”ll come up short,” said Daniel. “Hopefully this will carry over, but I don’t want them to get too high. We still have a lot of work to do.”
No. 9 New Town 49, No. 4 McDonogh School 48
McDonogh – Moore 21, Locke 12, Chong-Qui 11, Okahie 2, Pickett 2. Totals 14 11-13 48.
New Town – Smith 19, Faust 10, Johnson 8, Roche 4, Fitzgerald 3, Outlaw 3, Ferrell 2. Totals 17 8-14 49.
McDonogh 17 9 10 12 – 48
New Town 9 13 19 8 – 49