The four favorites win by an average score of 32.75 points

The Baltimore Catholic League was a basketball conference of haves and have nots in 2018-19, with three of the top four teams winning 11 or more conference games, while the bottom four managed just 13 combined.

That trend continued, Wednesday evening, as the tradition rich BCL Tournament got underway with four games on the home courts of the higher seeds and the favorites won in dominant fashion, taking the four contests by an average margin of victory of 32.75 points.

The contests set the stage for a BCL semifinal double-header to take place at Loyola University in Maryland, Friday evening, getting underway at 6:30 p.m. Top-seeded St. Frances, ranked No. 3 in the area by VSN will meet 4th-seeded Loyola Blakefield in the first game followed by second-seeded St. Maria Goretti battling third-seeded Mount St. Joseph, at approximately 8:15 p.m., in the nightcap.

St. Frances (33-5), which is red hot over the last 10 days, continued the pace it set from the outset of the MIAA playoffs where it won three games and the A Conference championship, including a victory over St. Joe in Sunday’s championship game, with a 95-41 rout of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (7-24) in its BCL opener.

Jamal West paced the Panthers with a double-double, scoring 19 points and collecting 10 rebounds in a 95-41 victory.

Second-seeded Goretti hosted 7th-seeded John Carroll in Hagerstown and cruised to a 79-52 win over the young, but talented Patriots, as Rahsaan Edwards 15 points led the way. Tyson Commander and Jalen Bryant combined for 31 points for John Carroll (5-25).

Third-seeded St. Joe (27-7) bounced back from Sunday’s loss to pound visiting Archbishop Spalding (5-22), 78-48. St. Joe used its entire roster, resting many of its starters in the second half, as five players scored in double-figures. Edokpayi netted 15, followed by 13 from James Bishop and 12 from Javonte Brown. Tyler Brelsford and Chandler Johnson also each netted 10 points.

At Blakefield, host Loyola (20-12) rebounded from its early exit from the MIAA playoffs by bringing an end to the most difficult season in a long time for arch-rival Calvert Hall (6-24). The Dons, behind 26 points from Mitchell Fischer, rolled to a 76-56 win over the Cardinals.

Friday’s winners will meet on Sunday afternoon at Loyola for the BCL title.