In three straight early season, non-league basketball wins, Mount St. Joseph sophomore Kameron Williams has been the leading scorer for coach Pat Clatchey. In wins over Severn (70-31), and Annapolis Area Christian (64-51) last week Williams had 17 and 19 points, respectively. On Monday night in Irvington, Williams was on fire, hitting all eleven of his shots from the field, including four treys to lead the Gaels over Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 89-60.
Williams poured in 29 points, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
“I don’t know how to explain it,” said Williams, who played JV for the Mount last year. “I’ve never played like that in a game in my life. It’s a pretty good experience.”
Clatchey said that Williams was a very talented young player. “He has a chance to be an excellent player here at Mount Saint Joe and beyond.”
Clatchey lost three great players to graduation in Eric Atkins, Ryley Beaumont and Matt Miller, but he has Williams, freshman Phil Booth and sophomore Lavon Long on this year’s squad to pick up the slack.
“Those guys can play; they will be the keys to this year’s team,” said Clatchey, who starts his 19th year as the leader of the Mount.
Booth finished with 12 points and Long added 10, as all twelve Gaels scored.
Cougar coach Tom Rose was impressed with Williams.
“He shoots the ball extremely well; he’s a very good athlete,” said Rose
Sophomore Corey Groom, who nailed five threes, led the Cougars with 21 points.
“In the beginning we came out soft,” said Groom. “Later on, as the game progressed, we started working harder and harder.”
Mount Carmel trailed by 11 after three quarters, but St. Joe outscored the Cougars 28-11 in the final eight minutes to score a resounding win.
“They’re going to be tough, they’re going to play man-to-man defense, and offensively, they share the ball,” said Rose. “I didn’t expect anything different.”
The Cougars (1-1) open play in the MIAA B Conference on Friday night when they host the Gilman Greyhounds. St. Joe does not start league play in the MIAA A Conference and Baltimore Catholic League until it hosts Loyola on Dec. 17.
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|Mount St. Joseph 89, Mount Carmel 60|
Gee 3, Groom 21, Gellina 7, Yule 9, Juuzapavicius 4, Onwudiegwu 11, Todd 5.
|Mount St. Joseph:|
Stephenson 3, Lawrence 2, Windsr 9, Clinton 6, Morton 3, Booth 12, Williams 29, Long 10, Bartnik 2, Nardolilo 6, Ross 3, Garrison 4.