The Baltimore Catholic League felt the sting of DC Catholic schools in the second annual Charm City Challenge at DeMatha on Saturday. BCL representatives lost all 5 games this year after splitting with WCAC in 2017. The event matches up two of the premiere high school basketball conferences in the country. Originally the challenge was started in 1992 featuring some of the top programs in Baltimore, Philly, and New York.
Kicking off the 2018 Challenge was the closest game scheduled. Loyola-Blakefield (4-3) fell to Bishop Ireton (1-0) 61-59 after Ethan Lynch scored a driving bucket with seconds remaining to give the Cardinals the lead. The loss is the Dons’ third on the year.
Bishop Ireton Leading Scorers: Ethan Lynch 18 pts, James Berry 12 pts, and Sese Mobutu 11 pts
Loyola Blakefield Leading Scorers: Mitch 22 pts, Brendan Fox 13 pts, and Tryllian Young 10 pts
Game two featured St Johns’ (1-0) versus St Vincent Pallotti (1-1). The Cadets had no problem getting WCAC its second victory of the Challenge winning 52-35.
St John’s Leading Scorers: Darius Maddox 11 pts, Ishmael Leggett 11 pts, and Casey Morsell 9 pts
Pallotti Leading Scorers: Anthony Blunt 12 pts and Isaiah Oshinnaiye 9
Game three was the marquee matchup of the event. 2017 BCL champions St Frances (4-1) versus 2017 Virginia power Paul VI (2-0). The Panthers entered the contest without 2020 standout Jeremy Roach who suffered an ACL injury during the preseason. Virginia-Tech commit Anthony Harris was able to fill Roach’s shoes until he also suffered an ACL injury in the second quarter. The Panthers, who trailed the entire game, chipped away at deficit in Harris’ absence. 2022 guard Carlos Alexander provided a spark off the bench to give St Frances some well needed scoring. The defending BCL champs struggled from the outside while Paul VI knocked down open threes most of the night. In the end, to much Paul VI this year for the East Baltimore squad. A healthy Roach and Harris would of made the contest an even tougher challenge. Paul VI closed the game winning 65-58 over St Frances.
Paul VI Leading Scorers: Xavier Joyner 15 pts, Trevor Keels 13 pts, and Knasir McDaniel 12 pts
St Frances Leading Scorers: Carlos Alexander 16 pts, Jordan Toles 14 pts, and Jamal West 14 pts.
Down 3-0, Coach Pat Clatchey’s Gaels were unable to turn the tide for the Baltimore Catholic League. Mt. St. Joe (2-1) fell to Gonzaga (1-1) in the most lopsided loss of the night 76-36. The game was a simple case of the Eagles having way more talent than the Gaels. In addition, Mt St Joe’s 2019 LSU-bound guard James Bishop struggled to find his shot scoring a season low 7 points.
Gonzaga Leading Scorers: Terrance Williams 16 pts, Myles Stute 16 pts, and Malcom Dread 10 pts
Mt St Joe Leading Scorers: Jason Edokpayi 9 pts and James Bishop 7 pts
The finale between BCL’s St Maria Goretti (5-1) and WCAC defending champions DeMatha (2-0) started out competitive. The two teams battled back and forth ending the 1st quarter with a 2 point Stags lead 17-15. But consistent with the previous games, the BCL team succumbed to the talent disparity. DeMatha wore the Gaels down in the second quarter to eventually walk away with a 77-56 win.
DeMatha’s Leading Scorers: Hunter Dickinson 21 pts and Justin Moore 19 pts
Goretti Leading Scorers: RJ Blakney 12 pts and Rahsaan Edwards 10 pts