Loyola clinches third in the Red Division; MIAA A Conference playoff seeds broken down here
McDonogh School, with a 54-49 rout of Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday, combined with Boys’ Latin victory over Annapolis Area Christian, has moved into second place in the Black Division of the MIAA A Conference with the Eagles having just two regular season games remaining.
Drew Green scored 17 points to lead McDonogh, but Everett Cooper, Dave Browne and Lukas Michaelson combined for 26 points. Green also had a team-high nine rebounds.
McDonogh (15-8, 9-6 MIAA A) led by four at the half and seven after three quarters before breaking things open with a 21-13 fourth quarter run. Brock Bozeman had a huge game for Spalding, getting a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
McDonogh is now a half game in front of AACS (9-7) and the two teams will meet in Annapolis on Friday. McDonogh also plays at Mount Carmel on Thursday and needs to win both games to get the second seed from the Division, which equates to a home game in the first round of the playoffs. AACS, which lost to first place Boys’ Latin on Wednesday, can take the second seed by winning the game and sweeping their season series with McDonogh.
Defending champion John Carroll (3-12), which still must play three games, is battling with Mount Carmel (3-14) for the fourth and final playoff seed in the Black Division.
The Red Division will be decided on Friday when St. Frances (16-1) visits Mount St. Joseph (16-2), but third place was locked up by the Loyola Dons (18-10, 11-6) on Wednesdaywith a 55-38 win over St. Vincent Pallotti (13-5, 8-9), at Blakefield.
Loyola turned a 14-12 lead after the first quarter into a 26-16 halftime advantage, and the lead grew to 13, 40-27, after three quarters.
Loyola was led by Tryllian Young who had 11 points and eight rebounds. Cam Smith had 10 points, while Mitch Fischer and Conner Hepting added nine points apiece. Loyola will close its regular season on Friday at home against rival Calvert Hall.
Pallotti trails Glenelg Country (9-8), which lost 74-41 to St. Frances on Wednesday, by one game in the battle for the fourth and final playoff spot out of the Red Division, but the Panthers were eliminated from the post-season with the loss to the Dons.
Even if Pallotti wins its finale, Saturday at home against Calvert Hall, and the Dragons lost their final game at home on Friday against Gilman, Glenelg Country will still advance to the playoffs. The Dragons own the tie-break by winning both of their matchups with Pallotti.