Ronald Scott, Jarred Jones and Malcolm McMillan combined for 56 points as John Carroll (21-1, 8-0, 5-0) defeated Mount St. Joseph, 63-47, in Irvington on Sunday afternoon in a Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference contest.
Scott lead all scorers with 27 points, and he was 8-for-9 from the free throw line. The sharpshooting senior poured in 17 points in the second half, when the Patriots outscored the Gaels 38-19.
John Carroll trailed 28-25 at the half, but their stifling defense held the Mount to one field goal in the third quarter while the Patriot offense scored 17 points.
“At half time we thought we had to just focus on half-court-man, and we pressured them a little bit,” said John Carroll coach Tony Martin.
“They are so deep and so talented, so we had to lock down in half court man-D and we did a good job of that.”
Scott hit a deep three to start the game as the Patriots raced out to a quick 9-0 lead, but the Gaels battled back. Kameron Williams, David Windsor and Phil Booth all reached double figures for St. Joe (15-6, 5-3, 3-3). A sustained effort by that trio in the second quarter helped the Gaels take a three point lead at intermission.
Williams led the Gaels with 12 and Windsor and Booth added 10.
Scott had eight points in the first quarter for John Carroll.
“I came out with a mindset to get good shots and take open shots,” said Scott. “Coach said our defense would power our offense.”
Jarred Jones finished with 16 for the Patriots, and Malcolm McMillan added 13. The Patriots were 17-for-22 from the line.
“In practice, our main focus is making free throws because they can win or lose a game,” said McMillan.
Jones said that his team kept their composure in the second quarter when the Gaels made their comeback.
“We’ve been in situations like that before, so we know what it’s like.”
With a .954 winning percentage on the season, McMillan said that the Patriots have to stay humble. “We’ve got to play hard every night, because anybody can beat you.”
Martin said that the big three (Scott, Jones and McMillan) are successful because they are unselfish. “They really play together. They’re three great kids from three great families.”
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Mount St. Joseph 63, John Carroll 47
JC 18 7 17 21 63
SJ 14 14 4 15 47
John Carroll-Elliott 1, Scott 27, McMillan 13, Frink 4, Jones 16, M.Owona 2
Mount St. Joseph-Lawrence 2, Windsor 10, Morton 6, Booth 10, Williams 12, Long 3, Nardolilo 4.