Panthers keep rolling; Cavaliers survive Goretti


St. Frances guard Byron Ireland prepares for a layup during Monday’s Baltimore Catholic League Tournament quarterfinal with Calvert Hall College. The Panthers improved to 14-0 with an 89-61 decision in East Baltimore. (photo – Jimmy Fields Sr.)

St. Frances Academy and Archbishop Spalding, the top two seeds in the 50th Baltimore Catholic League Tournament, advanced to the semifinals Monday. But each had to take a different path.

The Cavaliers defeated St. Maria Goretti, 61-58, while the Panthers continued their pursuit at history with an 89-61 victory over Calvert Hall College in East Baltimore.

Kyhrie Staten, a first-team All-BCL guard headed to Delaware State, had 20 points, five assists and four steals to lead five double-digit scorers for St. Frances. Freshman forward Derik Queen had 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and University of Maryland recruit Julian Reese finished with 15.

The top-seeded Panthers (14-0) led 36-23 at halftime en route to their 19th straight win in BCL play, including playoffs. Sophomore guard Jahnathan Lamothe had 14 points and six assists and junior Cortez Johnson contributed 11.

Antonio Foxwell finished with a game-high 23 points for Calvert Hall (5-9), and Karim Harris added 17. Sophomore guard Mike Williams, a first-team All-BCL pick, finished with 12.

St. Frances, seeking to become the first program since Loyola Blakefield in the 1970s to win four straight tournament championships, has won all eight BCL matches by double-digits. St. Frances will play fourth-seeded Mount Carmel in the first semifinal, Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Calvert Hall College.

Spalding needed to make plays in the final session to turn away Goretti in Severn. Junior forward Cam Whitmore, who was named BCL Player of the Year Sunday, scored 17 of his game-high 25 points in the second half.

Ty Peterson had 13 points for the Cavaliers (12-2), who needed a missed 3-pointer by Goretti’s Jordan Nkoa-Abessolo in the waning seconds, to secure their first BCL tourney final four since 2013. Spalding defeated Goretti, 93-68, last month in Severn.

Vincent Payne led a valiant Goretti (6-8) effort with 19 points. Nkoa-Abessolo and Jahan Johnson each finished with eight points.

Spalding will play John Carroll, a 67-65 quarterfinal victor over Mount St. Joseph, in the second BCL semifinal at Calvert Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Cavaliers defeated the Patriots, 78-68, during the regular season.

50th BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS

St. Frances Academy 89, Calvert Hall College 61

Calvert Hall – Antonio Foxwell 23, Karim Harris 17, Mike Williams 12, Isaiah Williams 4, Samartine Bogues-Christian 3, Bobby Bollhurst 2, Zach Geisinger 1.

St. Frances – Khyrie Staten 20, Derik Queen 19, Julian Reese 15, Jahanthan Lamothe 14, Cortez Johnson 11, Byron Ireland 4, Rydell Burt 2, Daquan Davis 2, Elijah Davis 2.

Calvert Hall 10 13 19 19 – 61

St. Frances 22 14 23 30 – 89

Archbishop Spalding 61, St. Maria Goretti 58

Goretti – Vincent Payne 19, Jahan Johnson 8, Jordan Nkoa-Abessolo 8, Michael Henderson 7, Jordan Green 6, Magahi Nelson 6, Tyson Oghene 4. Totals 22 7-9 58.

Spalding – Cam Whitmore 25, Ty Peterson 13, TJ Scott 8, Jalen Bouknight 5, Jordan Pennick 4, Leon Elung 2, Chi Nwosu 2. Totals 21 13-20 61.

Goretti 4 13 21 20 – 58

Spalding 7 18 19 17 – 61