Trailing late in regulation, No. 10 Archbishop Spalding scored the final seven points to scratch out a 60-58 victory over 11th-ranked Calvert Hall in a Baltimore Catholic League/MIAA A Conference thriller in Towson Wednesday evening.
Freshman TJ Moultrie scored 12 points, including two free throws with 3.2 seconds left in regulation for the Cavaliers. Moultrie’s 3-point play, with 47.8 seconds to play, tied the game.
After Moultrie’s 3-point play, Calvert Hall turned the ball over near midcourt. Moultrie, using a pick near the foul line, got to the basket and was fouled.
“I just knew they were going to switch,” said Moultrie. “I knew I was going to have the mismatch, and I knew I could get downhill.”
“He won a big game for us at John Carroll,” said Spalding coach Josh Pratt. “Then he comes here and makes those two big free throws. It really worked out for us.”
Sophomore forward Malik Washington led Spalding with 18 points, and Williamson added 11. Washington kept Spalding within striking distance in the fourth quarter with 10 straight points for the team to set Moultrie’s heroics.
Pratt praised Washington, who guided the Cavalier football team to its first MIAA A Conference championship in the fall.
“That’s the quarterback in him. He’s a leader, and I’m really proud of him,” Pratt said. “He’s an extension of me on the court.”
Spalding (11-10 overall) improved to 5-3 in MIAA A play and 4-5 in the Baltimore Catholic League. Calvert Hall (16-11) fell to 5-5 (MIAA A) and 1-7 in BCL play.
The Cardinals got 22 points from junior Brendan Johnson and senior forward Jonah Biggers added 20, Biggers fouled with 2:34 left in regulation, opening up driving lanes for Moultrie and Washington.
Five of Spalding’s six victories in the new year have decided by four points or less.
We’ve been fighting all season. All of our games come down to two or three points. We showed a good bit of fight right there. We’re finding our stride. We know if we’re down with five minutes left, we can finish the game.”
NO. 10 ARCHBISHOP SPALDING 60, NO. 11 CALVERT HALL 58
Spalding – Washington 18, Moultrie 12, Williamson 11, Newton 8, Farley 6, Sykes 3, Hoyle 2
Calvert Hall – Johnson 22, Biggers 20, Tinch 7, Crawford 4, Wilburn 3, Arauwou 2
Spalding 10 13 17 20 - 60
Calvert Hall 11 14 17 16 -58