MSJ rolls out to a 15-0 lead in 60-43 victory

by Eric Trinh (Special to VSN)

Sometimes in sports, the first period sets a defining tone. Once a team starts with momentum, it almost seems like it never ends. Friday’s Baltimore Catholic League battle between Mount St. Joseph and St. Maria Goretti, the BCL’s second and third place teams, at Goretti’s Gael Center in Hagerstown, was just another example.

Powering out to a 15-0 first quarter lead, St. Joe (14-3 overall, 4-3 BCL) cruised to a 60-43 victory.

“We had a rough start. They got hot early, and put us in a disadvantage,” said Goretti head coach Matt Miller.

St. Joe star Jalen Smith had another big night, scoring 13 points and blocking three shots, while Tim McDonald added 13 for MSJ and Tim Bishop had 10.

Goretti (13-6 overall, 4-3 BCL) did not crack the scoreboard until Abdou Tismbila scored two points with 3:34 left in the first quarter. Goretti was limited to just 35% shooting from inside the arc and only 25% from behind the 3-point line.

Josh Mack scored 12 points to lead Goretti and Abdou Tsimbila added 10 points and four blocks.