Gaels win seventh straight behind Tucker

Mount St. Joseph’s Bryson Tucker puts up a shot over Calvert Hall’s Mike Williams. Tucker scored eight of his game-high 22 points in the final quarter as the Gaels held off the Cardinals, 62-56, in Baltimore Catholic League basketball action in Southwest Baltimore. (photo – Sports Majors)

After an impressive win Monday, Mount St. Joseph basketball found again the rigors of Baltimore Catholic League play Wednesday evening against Calvert Hall College. In the end, Bryson Tucker kept the Gaels’ streak intact.

The freshman scored 22 points leading Mount St. Joseph to a 62-56 decision over the Cardinals inside the Smith Center in Southwest Baltimore. Old Dominion University-bound guard D’Angelo Stines added 11 points for the Gaels (8-1 overall, 4-1 BCL)

The Irvington school, which handled previously undefeated Our Lady of Mount Carmel (78-67) Monday evening, needed a couple of late plays to fend off a tenacious Cardinal squad, coming off a huge blowout loss Monday. The win pushes Mount St. Joseph’s win streak to seven and keeps it tie for second with Mount Carmel and Archbishop Spalding with a week left in the regular season.

The Gaels, holding a terse one-point lead, 53-52, with 3 minutes, 16 seconds left in regulation, got a clutch 3-pointer from Tucker, a 6-foot-6 forward. Tucker, who had 16 points in Monday’s win, had eight in the final quarter Wednesday.

Mount St. Joseph claimed a 20-8 first quarter advantage Wednesday, and led, 37-29 at intermission. But Calvert Hall (5-5, 0-4 BCL), which dropped a 106-45 decision at St. Frances Academy Monday evening, didn’t go away.

The Cardinals shaved the deficit to 48-43 entering the fourth and pulled to within one twice in the fourth, the last at 53-52 after Mike Williams’ two free throws. Williams, a sophomore, led Calvert Hall with 16 points and Karim Harris added 14.

The young and improved Cardinals look to get its first BCL win Friday when they host John Carroll School Friday evening. Mount St. Joseph heads to Hagerstown for a BCL match with St. Maria Goretti Friday evening.

Mount St. Joseph 62, Calvert Hall College 56

Calvert Hall – Mike Williams 16, Karim Harris 14, Antonio Foxwell 12, Samartine Bogues-Christian 6, Tim Downs 4, Jonah Biggers 2, Isaiah Williams 2. Totals 22 8-8 56.

Mount St. Joseph – Bryson Tucker 22, D’Angelo Stines 11, Ace Valentine 8, Sean Carr 6, Ausar Crawley 4, Julian Moutome 4, Jalen White 3, Noah Jones 2, Aidan Mess 2. Totals 24 9-15 62.

Calvert Hall 8 21 14 13 – 56

Mount St. Joseph 20 17 11 14 – 62