Jarred Jones scored John Carroll’s first eight points of the day, and the talented junior would finish with 28 to lead the No. 2 Patriots (20-1, 5-0) to an impressive, 72-60, MIAA A Conference basketball win over host McDonogh, Sunday afternoon in Owings Mills.

Jones hit three treys in the first four minutes of play to help his team take a quick 14-5 lead, which went to 18-9 at the end of the first quarter. John Carroll extended its lead to 34-18 at the half.  

The Eagles wouldn’t quit, despite trailing by 20 at the start of the fourth quarter, 52-32.

Coach Danta Evans’ squad got to within eight points of the Patriots with three minutes to play, but Jones and Maclcom McMillan kept the Eagles (11-6, 4-2) at bay with another strong performance at the free throw line.  McMillan, who finished with 15 points, was a perfrect 8-for-8 from the line down the stretch.  Jones was 4-for-4 from the stripe in the fourth quarter.

Kayel Locke had 10 of McDonogh’s 28 points in the fourth quarter, when the the Eagles made a run, but Jones and McMillan consistently answered for coach Tony Martin.

“We had spots when we played phenomenally well, especially in half-court man-defense,” said Martin.

In addition to that, John Carroll stayed hot at the free throw line.  Friday night in a win at Calvert Hall the Patriots were 30-for-33 from the stripe, and on Sunday they were 18-for-22.

“Free throws are very important; we work on that a lot in practice,” said McMillan, who has already committed to play next year at Central Connecticut State.

Jones said that his team is focused, alert and prepared.

“Coach tells us to stay mentally prepared because sometimes you get lax when you get up, and you’ve got to keep going.”

Ronald Scott said that the Patroits are successful because they play together.  

“We stay aggressive and everybody plays together.”

Martin had kind words for the Eagles.

“They’re competitive, hats off to them. They have some tremendous players.”

The Patriots  remained the only undefeated team in the MIAA A Conference with the win.  The Eagles, who were coming off an upset win over No. 3 St. Frances, fell to 4-2 in the conference.

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No. 2 John Carroll 72, McDonogh 60
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John Carroll: Jones 28, McMillian 15, Scott 9, Stokes 2, Elliott 8, Frink 6, C. Owona 2.
McDonogh: Locke 16, Andrews 14, Walker 8, Weingart 9, Scott 2, Jorgensen 6, Robinette 2, Jackson 3.