BCL News

March 29, 2022
 

WHITMORE STARS IN 2022 McDONALD'S ALL AMERICAN GAME

 
CHICAGO - Archbishop Spalding's Cam Whitmore, the 2021-22 Baltimore Catholic League Jerry Savage Player of the Year and a Villanova commitment, led the East squad with a game-high tying 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds to go with five assists as the East team beat the West team 105-81 in the 2022 McDonald's All American game at Wintrust Arena.

Whitmore did his work off the bench in 19:28 of playing time. The Cavaliers star also had two steals and a block. He was 9-15 from the floor in the contest.

 

Whitmore was the 13th BCL player to participate in the McDonald's All American game, and the second player from Archbishop Spalding to play in the showcase game. Other BCL stars who have played in the McDonald's game include Peter Budko (Loyola, 1977), Anthony Guy (Loyola, 1978), Quintin Dailey (Cardinal Gibbons, 1979), Duane Ferrell (Calvert Hall, 1984), Rodney Walker (Cardinal Gibbons, 1985), Rodney Monroe (St. Maria Goretti, 1987), Steve Wojciechowski (Cardinal Gibbons, 1994), Mark Karcher (St. Frances, 1997), Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding, 2004), Donte Greene (Towson Catholic, 2007), Immanuel Quickley (John Carroll, 2018), and Jalen Smith (Mount St. Joseph, 2018).

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March 6, 2022
 

2022 BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

NO. 2 SEED MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 66, NO. 1 SEED ST. FRANCES 56

Gaels claim 8th BCL Tournament title by beating Panthers behind 12 points and 22 rebounds by MVP Amani Hansberry


BALTIMORE - No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph claimed its eighth Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title as the Gaels defeated top-seeded St. Frances 66-56 in the championship game in Loyola University’s Reitz Arena.
 
Amani Hansberry, a 6-8 junior, was the John M. Plevyak BCL Tournament MVP after a huge 12-point, 22-rebound performance to give the Gaels (31-5) their 12th consecutive victory and their first BCLT title since 2017. Mount St. Joseph head coach Pat Clatchey and the Gaels took possession of the Brother D. John Smith FSC Memorial Trophy for the next year.
 
St. Frances jumped out to a 6-0 lead, but Mount St. Joseph rallied to grab a 14-11 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Gaels outscored the Panthers 15-6 for a 29-17 halftime advantage. Mount St. Joseph led by as much as 15 midway through the third quarter, and St. Frances rallied to trail by four at 60-56 with 2:06 remaining in the game. A dunk by Bryson Tucker, and a pair of made foul shots each by Tucker and Hansberry accounted for the final Gaels margin.
 
Four Mount St. Joseph players scored in double figures, led by Tucker with 22 points. Jahnathan Lamothe led St. Frances with 18 points, and Cortez Johnson added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
 
The All-Tournament Team consisted of John Carroll’s Jeannot Basima, Lamothe and Bryce Lindsay of St. Frances along with Tucker and Ace Valentine of Mount St. Joseph. CJ Scott of Archbishop Spalding was the Sportsmanship Award winner.

 

Below are notes on Mount St. Joseph’s BCLT championship victory.

 

  • The Gaels go to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament next weekend with a 31-5 record and a 12-game win streak, which includes both the BCL and MIAA tournament titles.

  • The Gaels won their eighth Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title, and their first since 2017 in a BCL record-extending 18th championship appearance over 51 overall BCL Tournaments.

  • MSJ became the 13th No. 2 seed to win the BCL title, and the first since Calvert Hall in 2015.

  • The Gaels improved the record of No. 2 seeds in the BCLT title game to 13-23 (.361).

  • Mount St. Joseph improved its all-time BCLT record to 63-43 (.594) in 106 games, extending records for the most victories and games played among BCL schools in the tournament.

  • Head Coach Pat Clatchey earned his eighth Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title for Mount St. Joseph, which extended his league record among coaches.

  • Clatchey extended his BCL record with his 18th regular-season (10) or BCL Tournament title (8) of his career at Mount St. Joseph.

  • Clatchey improved his BCLT record to 46-22 (.676) in 68 games. The 46 BCLT victories and 68 total BCLT games extended his records in those categories.

  • Clatchey improved his BCLT championship record to 8-7, 1-3 vs. SF.

  • Mount St. Joseph improved its BCLT record vs. St. Frances to 5-7 and broke a two-game losing streak to the Panthers.

  • The Gaels beat the Panthers for the first time in the BCL championship game (1-3).

  • The Gaels (31-5 overall) won at least 31 games for the 10th time in Clatchey's 30 years at MSJ and reached 31 victories for the first time since 2017-18.

 

51ST BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, March 2

First Round (at higher seeds)

1 St. Frances 76, 8 Calvert Hall 45

2 Mount St. Joseph 68, 7 Loyola 66 (OT)

3 John Carroll 81, 6 St. Maria Goretti 69

5 Archbishop Spalding 66, 4 Mount Carmel 64

 

Friday, March 4

Semifinals (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

1 St. Frances 76, 5 Archbishop Spalding 54

2 Mount St. Joseph 70, 3 John Carroll 63

 

Sunday, March 6

Championship (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

2 Mount St. Joseph 66, 1 St. Frances 56
 

2022 BCL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

Jeannot Basima, John Carroll

Jahnathan Lamothe, St. Frances

Bryce Lindsay, St. Frances

Bryson Tucker, Mount St. Joseph

Ace Valentine, Mount St. Joseph

 

John M. Plevyak Most Valuable Player Award

Amani Hansberry, Mount St. Joseph

 

Sportsmanship Award

CJ Scott, Archbishop Spalding

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March 5, 2022
 

51ST BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME PREVIEW

No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph (30-5 overall; 10-4 BCL) vs.

No. 1 St. Frances (33-6; 12-2 BCL)

Sunday, March 6 – 1 pm – Reitz Arena (Loyola University)


BALTIMORE - Two familiar foes play Sunday afternoon for the 51st Baltimore Catholic Tournament championship – the No. 1 seed St. Frances Panthers (33-6 overall; 12-2 in BCL), playing the BCL title game for the fifth straight season, and the No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph Gaels (30-5 overall, 10-4 BCL), winners of 11 straight games. The title game is set for 1 pm at Loyola University’s Reitz Arena, home to the title game for the 20th time. This is the 30th championship game in BCL history between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.

 

Tickets ($12 for adults) are available in advance at bclbasketball.com/bclt-tickets. Adult and student tickets ($8 with student ID) are available at the Reitz Arena box office on Sunday

 

2022 BCL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

2 Mount St. Joseph vs. 1 St. Frances – 1 pm

2022 BCLT First Round Results: MSJ 68, Loyola 66 (OT); SF 76, Calvert Hall 45

2022 BCLT Semifinal Results: MSJ 70, John Carroll 63; SF 76, Archbishop Spalding 54

2021-22 BCL Meetings: St. Frances won both games: 72-67 (Dec. 23 at SF) and 66-60 (Feb. 6 at MSJ)

BCL Tournament Series: St. Frances leads 7-4 and the Panthers have won the last two BCLT meetings against MSJ (last BCLT meeting: SF 81, MSJ 65 – 3/1/20 – Championship Game; last MSJ victory in the BCLT series – MSJ 54, SF 51 – 3/4/17 - Semifinals)

BCLT Championship Appearances: MSJ - BCL record-extending 18th appearance (7-10 in championship games); SF - 15th appearance (10-4 in championship games)

Previous BCLT Championship Game Meetings: St. Frances leads 3-0 (2008 - 2 SF 66, 1 MSJ 61; 2018 - 1 SF 52, 2 MSJ 50; 2020 – 1 SF 81, 2 MSJ 65)

BCLT Championship Game Record by Seed: No. 1 seeds are 33-10 (last champion – St. Frances 2020); No. 2 seeds are 12-23 (last No. 2 champion – Calvert Hall 2015)

Coaches in BCLT: MSJ-Pat Clatchey (45-22 in 30 seasons with 7 titles at MSJ; his 67 games and 45 victories are most in BCLT history among coaches); SF-Nicholas Myles (18-7 in 11 seasons with 3 titles at SF; his .720 BCLT win percentage is tops in BCLT history among coaches).

Coaches in BCLT Championship Game: Clatchey (7-7 in 14 appearances; 0-3 vs. St. Frances). Myles (3-1 in four appearances; 2-0 vs. Mount St. Joseph).

 

What follows below is a list of “what if’s” for each of the two teams in the finals.

 

BCL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME "WHAT IF'S"

 

If No. 1 seed St. Frances wins ...

  • The Panthers would go to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament next weekend with a 34-6 record and both the BCL regular-season and tournament titles.

  • The Panthers would extend their BCL record of BCLT titles to 11 in 15 appearances in the championship game over 34 overall BCL Tournaments.

  • The Panthers would improve the record of No. 1 seeds in the BCLT title game to 34-10 (.773).

  • The Panthers would improve their all-time BCLT record to 50-23 (.685), which is the best tournament winning percentage among BCL schools. The Panthers would be the second team in BCL history with 50 or more BCL Tournament victories all time.

  • Head Coach Nicholas Myles would earn his fourth tournament title overall, which would tie him with Mike Daniel, Towson Catholic (1989-92-93-98) and Cokey Robertson, St. Maria Goretti (1985-86-87-2001) for fifth-most in league history.

  • Myles would earn his 10th regular-season or BCL Tournament title of his career at St. Frances.

  • Myles would improve his BCL Tournament record to 19-7 (.731), the highest percentage (minimum 20 games) of any coach in BCL history.

  • Myles would improve his BCL championship game record to 4-1, 3-0 vs. MSJ.

  • St. Frances would improve their BCLT record over Mount St. Joseph to 8-4 with a three-game win streak over the Gaels.

  • The Panthers would be 4-0 against the Gaels in BCL Tournament championship games.

  • The Panthers (34-6 overall) would win at least 34 games for the fourth time in the last five seasons under Myles (stretch includes the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season).

 

If No. 2 seed Mount St. Joseph wins ...

  • The Gaels would go to the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament next weekend with a 31-5 record and a 12-game win streak, which includes both the BCL and MIAA tournament titles.

  • The Gaels would win their eighth Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title, and their first since 2017 in a BCL record-extending 18th championship appearance over 51 overall BCL Tournaments.

  • MSJ would be the 13th No. 2 seed to win the BCL title, and the first since Calvert Hall in 2015.

  • The Gaels would improve the record of No. 2 seeds in the BCLT title game to 13-23 (.361).

  • Mount St. Joseph would improve its all-time BCLT record to 63-43 (.594) in 106 games, extending records for the most victories and games played among BCL schools in the tournament.

  • Head Coach Pat Clatchey would earn his eighth Baltimore Catholic League Tournament title for Mount St. Joseph, which would extend his league record among coaches.

  • Clatchey would extend his BCL record with his 18th regular-season (10) or BCL Tournament title (8) of his career at Mount St. Joseph.

  • Clatchey would improve his BCLT record to 46-22 (.676) in 68 games. The 46 BCLT victories and 68 total BCLT games would extend his records in those categories.

  • Clatchey would improve his BCLT championship record to 8-7, 1-3 vs. SF.

  • Mount St. Joseph would improve its BCLT record vs. St. Frances to 5-7 and break a two-game losing streak to the Panthers.

  • The Gaels would beat the Panthers for the first time in the BCL championship game (1-3).

  • The Gaels (31-5 overall) would win at least 31 games for the 10th time in Clatchey's 30 years at MSJ and would reach 31 victories for the first time since 2017-18.

 

The winner of the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament receives possession of the Brother D. John Smith FSC Memorial Trophy, named for the first chairman of the BCL from 1971-76 who served as the athletic director at Calvert Hall. After the championship game, the five-member All-Tournament Team will be announced, and the BCL Tournament MVP will receive the John M. Plevyak Most Valuable Player Award, named for the longtime Mount St. Joseph athletic director who was instrumental in the founding of the BCL. The traditional Sportsmanship Award will also be handed out.

 

51ST BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, March 2

First Round (at higher seeds)

1 St. Frances 76, 8 Calvert Hall 45

2 Mount St. Joseph 68, 7 Loyola 66 (OT)

3 John Carroll 81, 6 St. Maria Goretti 69

5 Archbishop Spalding 66, 4 Mount Carmel 64

 

Friday, March 4

Semifinals (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

1 St. Frances 76, 5 Archbishop Spalding 54

2 Mount St. Joseph 70, 3 John Carroll 63

 

Sunday, March 6

Championship (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

2 Mount St. Joseph vs. 1 St. Frances 1 pm
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March 3, 2022

2022 BCL SEMIFINAL PREGAME NOTES

5 Archbishop Spalding (25-10 overall; 7-6 BCL) vs. 1 St. Frances (32-6; 12-2 BCL) - 6:30 pm

2022 BCLT First Round Results: AS 66, Mount Carmel 64; SF 76, Calvert Hall 45

2021-22 BCL Meetings: St. Frances won both games: 75-73 (Jan. 21 at AS) and 79-64 (Feb. 12 at SF)

BCL Tournament Series: Tied 3-3 (last BCLT meeting: SF 72, AS 62 - 2/27/16 - 1st Round)

BCLT Semifinal Appearances: AS 10th appearance (6-3 in semifinal games); SF 26th appearance (14-11 in semifinal games)

Coaches in BCLT: AS-Josh Pratt (2-2 in 3 seasons at AS; 8-5 overall in 7 BCL seasons - 6-3 at Towson Catholic with 1 title in 4 seasons); SF-Nicholas Myles (17-7 in 11 seasons with 3 titles at SF; his .708 BCLT win percentage is tops in BCLT history among coaches)

IF ARCHBISHOP SPALDING WINS: Cavaliers make first finals appearance since 2013; 7th overall finals appearance (3-3 in finals)

IF ST. FRANCES WINS: Panthers make fifth straight finals appearance - -would tie Loyola (1975-79) and Calvert Hall (1980-84) for most consecutive title game appearances; 15th overall finals appearance would tie Calvert Hall for 2nd-most in BCLT history (10-4 in finals).

 

3 John Carroll (20-10; 9-5 BCL) vs. 2 Mount St. Joseph (29-5; 10-4 BCL) - 8:30 pm

2022 BCLT First Round Results: JC 81, St. Maria Goretti 69; MSJ 68, Loyola 66 (OT)

2021-22 BCL Meetings: Mount St. Joseph won both games: 71-50 (Dec. 10 at JC) and 57-53 (Jan. 14 at MSJ)

BCL Tournament Series: JC leads 3-2 (last BCLT meeting: JC 67, MSJ 65 - 3/22/21 - 1st Round; was the first of three straight JC upset victories on the way to the 2021 BCLT title)

BCLT Semifinal Appearances: JC 9th appearance (5-3 in semifinal games); MSJ 39th appearance - most among BCL schools (17-21 in semifinal games)

Coaches in BCLT: JC-Seth Goldberg (4-2 in 4 seasons with 1 title at JC); MSJ-Pat Clatchey (44-22 in 30 seasons with 7 titles at MSJ; his 66 games and 44 victories are most in BCLT history among coaches)

IF JOHN CARROLL WINS: Patriots make back-to-back championship game appearances; 9th overall finals appearance (5-3 in finals)

IF MOUNT ST. JOSEPH WINS: Gaels make first finals appearance since 2020 - would extend BCL record with 18th finals appearance (7-10 in finals).

NOTE: John Carroll's Jeannot Basima, last year's BCL John M. Plevyak MVP award winner, became the 13th player in BCLT history to score 30+ points with 31 in Monday's first round victory over St. Maria Goretti. The 31 points tied Quintin Dailey (Cardinal Gibbons 1978) and Rob Nieberlein (Mount St. Joseph 1982) for 8th-most in a BCLT game all-time.

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February 28, 2022
 

51ST BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SET FOR MARCH 2-4-6

2021-22 BCL regular season champ St. Frances and defending BCLT champ John Carroll lead the eight-team field


BALTIMORE -  After a regular season in which the Baltimore Catholic League returned to a full schedule and St. Frances captured a record fifth-consecutive regular season title, the eight Baltimore Catholic League schools will gather to play the 51st-annual Baltimore Catholic League Tournament starting Wednesday, March 2 with first-round games at higher-seed school sites. The BCL Tournament moves to Reitz Arena on the campus of Loyola University for a record 20th time for the semifinal round Friday, March 4, and the championship game on Sunday, March 6.
 
Tickets for the semifinals (6:30 and 8:30 pm) and the championship game (time TBA) are available by clicking the link on the front page of BCLBasketball.com. Tickets are $12 for adults (available in advance and at the door), and student tickets are $8 (at the door with student ID required) is $8. Grade school and younger children receive free admission. Please note that Loyola University requires masks to be worn inside Reitz Arena during the BCL semifinals and championship game. The time for Sunday’s BCL championship game will be announced Friday morning after Thursday night’s Patriot League tournament games involving Loyola University men’s basketball program.
 
A tradition in Baltimore since the first tournament at the then-Essex Community College in 1972, the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament features the current eight-team lineup of Archbishop Spalding, Calvert Hall, John Carroll, Loyola, Mount Carmel, Mount St. Joseph, St. Frances and St. Maria Goretti.
 
Calvert Hall, Loyola and Mount St. Joseph have participated in all 51 seasons and tournaments in the league’s history. St. Maria Goretti played in the 1983 and 1984 BCLT before joining the league as a full member in 1984-85. St. Frances became a BCL member school in 1988-89. Archbishop Spalding, an invited participant in the 1977 and 1978 BCL Tournaments when the school was known as Martin Spalding, became a league member in 1997-98. John Carroll, an invited participant in the 1974 BCLT, became a BCL member in 2010-11. Mount Carmel brought the BCL membership back to the current eight teams when it was added for the 2011-12 season.
 
The winner of the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament receives possession of the Brother D. John Smith FSC Memorial Trophy, named for the first chairman of the BCL from 1971-76 who served as the athletic director at Calvert Hall. The BCL Tournament MVP receives the John M. Plevyak Most Valuable Player Award, named for the longtime Mount St. Joseph athletic director who was instrumental in the founding of the BCL.
 
As for the 2021-22 season, St. Frances (12-2 BCL; 31-6 overall) set a BCL record with the Panthers’ fifth consecutive outright or shared regular season title and extended the school’s BCL mark for most regular season crowns with 12 under 11th-year head coach Nicholas Myles, who was the BCL’s O. Ray Mullis Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season. Myles earned his sixth BCL season title overall as the Panthers’ coach, third most in league history. St. Frances has also won a record 10 BCLT titles, and the Panthers will begin their quest for another trophy Wednesday when they host No. 8 seed Calvert Hall (0-14 BCL; 10-20 overall under first-year head coach Gary Neal) in a first-round game in Phelps Gymnasium at 7 pm. This will be the 13th meeting between the schools in the BCLT, and St. Frances holds an 8-4 advantage over the Cardinals in the tournament series. During the regular season, St. Frances swept the pair of games against Calvert Hall. The game will be streamed on NFHSNetwork.com (subscription required).
 
The game features Calvert Hall’s Isaiah Williams, a 2021-22 All-BCL honorable mention selection and three St. Frances All-BCL players with Bryce Lindsay (first team), a pair of second-team choices in Daquan Davis and Carlton Carrington along with Cortez Johnson, the BCL’s Cokey Robertson Most Improved Player of the Year choice.
 
The other top seeds hosting first-round games at 6 pm Wednesday are No. 2 Mount St. Joseph (10-4 BCL; 28-5 overall), No. 3 and defending BCLT champion John Carroll (9-5 BCL; 19-10 overall) and No. 4 Mount Carmel (9-5 BCL; 25-7 overall).
 
Seven-time tournament winner Mount St. Joseph, led by the dean of BCL coaches, Pat Clatchey, who is in his 30th season leading the Gaels and who earned his 750th career victory in the MIAA A Conference final Sunday, will host No. 7 seed and four-time tournament champ Loyola (3-10 BCL; 16-11 overall), led by 17th-year coach Josh Davalli. This will be the 12th meeting between the schools in the BCLT, and Mount St. Joseph holds a 7-4 lead over the Dons in the tournament series. The Gaels swept the two regular season meetings with the Dons, and MSJ is the BCLT all-time leader in tournament games played (103) and victories (60). The game will be streamed on NFHSNetwork.com (subscription required).
 
The Loyola-Mount St. Joseph game features the Dons’ second team All-BCL player Gavin Walsh and honorable mention choice Owen Fischer, while the Gaels have a pair of first team All-BCL performers in Amani Hansberry and Bryson Tucker.
 
Three-time and defending BCLT champion John Carroll, the No. 3 seed under fourth-year head coach Seth Goldberg, will host No. 6 seed and four-time BCLT winner St. Maria Goretti (5-9 BCL; 18-13 overall) under fourth-year head coach Sidney McCray. The all-time BCLT tournament series between the schools is tied 1-1, and John Carroll won both 2021-22 regular season meetings over the Gaels. Last season, the sixth-seeded Patriots scored three consecutive upset victories over the league’s top three seeds, including a thrilling 66-62 overtime victory over No. 1 seed St. Frances, to capture the 50th BCL Tournament. The game will be streamed on John Carroll’s YouTube page (The John Carroll School Official Channel).
 
The Gaels feature BCL honorable mention selections Mike Henderson and Jordan Green, and the Patriots have first team All-BCL choice Tyson Commander, second team selection (and 2021 BCLT Plevyak MVP winner) Jeannot Basima and honorable mention pick Cesar Tchilombo.
 
No. 4 seed Mount Carmel, under fourth-year coach Trevor Quinn, are looking for the Cougars’ first BCLT title as they host No. 5 seed and three-time BCLT champ Archbishop Spalding (7-6 BCL; 24-10 overall), under head coach Josh Pratt (third season at Spalding and seventh in the BCL overall). The all-time BCLT tournament series between the schools is tied 1-1, and the schools split the pair of regular-season meetings in 2021-22. The game will be streamed on Mount Carmel athletics’ Facebook page (OLMCMDAthletics).
 
The Cavaliers boast the BCL Jerry Savage Player of the Year choice for the second straight season Cam Whitmore with second team All-BCL pick Jordan Pennick and honorable mention player Ty Peterson, while the Cougars counter with first team All-BCL selection Deon Perry and BCL Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year winner and second team All-BCL choice Luke Bamgboye.
 
The first-round winners will meet in the semifinals Friday, March 4. The winners of the 5/4 and 8/1 games will play at 6:30 pm, and the winners of the 6/3 and 7/2 games will meet at 8:30 pm. The 51st Baltimore Catholic League Championship Game will take place Sunday, March 6 as the semifinal winners meet for the 2022 tournament title.
 
2022 BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE TOURNAMENT

Wednesday, March 2

First Round (at higher seeds)

8 Calvert Hall at 1 St. Frances 7 pm

7 Loyola at 2 Mount St. Joseph 6 pm

6 St. Maria Goretti at 3 John Carroll 6 pm

5 Archbishop Spalding at 4 Mount Carmel 6 pm

 

Friday, March 4

Semifinals (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

5/4 winner vs. 8/1 winner 6:30 pm

6/3 winner vs. 7/2 winner 8:30 pm

 

Sunday, March 6

Championship (Reitz Arena; Loyola University)

Semifinal winners TBA

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February 28, 2022
 

ARCHBISHOP SPALDING’S WHITMORE NAMED BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE’S

2021-22 PLAYER OF THE YEAR

St. Frances’ Myles selected as Coach of the Year; Bamgboye (Defensive POY), Johnson (Most Improved POY) honored; All-BCL Teams selected


BALTIMORE -  Archbishop Spalding senior Cam Whitmore, who averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, 1.5 steals and one blocked shot per game during the season for the Cavaliers, repeated as the Baltimore Catholic League’s Jerry Savage Player of the Year Award winner.
 
St. Frances coach Nicholas Myles, who led the Panthers to their record fifth consecutive BCL regular season title with a 12-2 league mark and a 31-6 overall record, repeated as the BCL’s O. Ray Mullis Coach of the Year recipient.
 
Mount Carmel sophomore Luke Bamgboye was selected as the BCL’s Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year Award winner, while St. Frances senior Cortez Johnson was tabbed as the league’s Cokey Robertson Most Improved Player of the Year Award recipient.
 
Whitmore is the fifth player in league history to repeat as Savage Player of the Year, joining Calvert Hall’s Jake Davalli (1988-89, 1989-90), St. Frances’ Mark Karcher (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97), Mount St. Joseph’s Eric Atkins (2008-09, 2009-10), and Mount St. Joseph’s Jalen Smith (2016-17, 2017-18). Whitmore is a three-time first-team All-BCL selection (Player of the Year honors are also considered first team honors by the BCL).
 
Myles was named the Mullis Coach of the Year for the second straight season and the third time in his career at St. Frances (2017-18, 2020-21, 2021-22). He led the Panthers to their fifth consecutive regular season championship in 2021-22, the first time any BCL team won or shared five straight titles in the league’s 51-year history. The Panthers are the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Baltimore Catholic League Tournament.
 
Bamgboye averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks per game for the Cougars. He is the third Mount Carmel player – and second straight – to receive the Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year (David Erebor, 2014-15 and Kevin Kalu, 2020-21).
 
Johnson averaged 11 points and seven rebounds per game for the Panthers. He is the second St. Frances player to earn the Robertson Most Improved Player of the Year Award, joining Tairik Johnson (2015-16).
 
The All-BCL first team includes Mount Carmel senior Deon Perry, St. Frances senior Bryce Lindsay, Mount St. Joseph sophomore Bryson Tucker, John Carroll senior Tyson Commander and Mount St. Joseph junior Amani Hansberry.
 
The BCL second team consists of Archbishop Spalding senior Jordan Pennick, Loyola senior Gavin Walsh, St. Frances sophomore Daquan Davis, Mount Carmel sophomore Luke Bamgboye, St. Frances junior Carlton Carrington and John Carroll junior Jeannot Basima.
 
Six other players received honorable mention recognition: Jordan Green (St. Maria Goretti), Cesar Tchilombo (John Carroll), Isaiah Williams (Calvert Hall), Owen Fischer (Loyola), Mike Henderson (St. Maria Goretti) and Tyheil Peterson (Archbishop Spalding).
 
The BCL also announced the winners of the Dave Kropfelder Never, Never Quit Awards for each school, as selected by their coach. The honorees for 2021-22 are: Johnny Farley (Archbishop Spalding), Sheldon Spellman (Calvert Hall), Terry Long Jr. (John Carroll), Charley Hepting, (Loyola), Tadas Gudonis (Mount Carmel), Jonas Sujeta (Mount St. Joseph), Taion Robinson (St. Frances) and Tristan Cook (St. Maria Goretti).
 
The 51st Baltimore Catholic League Tournament begins Wednesday at the higher seeds as No. 8 seed Calvert Hall goes to No. 1 St. Frances, No. 7 seed Loyola travels to No. 2 Mount St. Joseph, No. 6 seed St. Maria Goretti is at No. 3 John Carroll and No. 5 seed Archbishop Spalding visits No. 4 Mount Carmel. All first-round games will start at 6 pm, except for the Calvert Hall-St. Frances matchup at 7 pm. The semifinals are Friday, March 4 (Reitz Arena; Loyola University) at 6:30 and 8:30 pm. The championship game at Reitz Arena is Sunday, March 6 (time TBA).

 

2021-22 BALTIMORE CATHOLIC LEAGUE

ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS

 

Jerry Savage Player of the Year Award

Cam Whitmore – Archbishop Spalding – Senior

 

FIRST TEAM

Name, School (Class)

Deon Perry, Mount Carmel (Senior)

Bryce Lindsay, St. Frances (Senior)

Bryson Tucker, Mount St. Joseph (Sophomore)

Tyson Commander, John Carroll (Senior)

Amani Hansberry, Mount St. Joseph (Junior)

 

SECOND TEAM

Name, School (Class)

Jordan Pennick, Archbishop Spalding (Senior)

Gavin Walsh, Loyola (Senior)

Daquan Davis, St. Frances (Sophomore)

Luke Bamgboye, Mount Carmel (Sophomore)

Carlton Carrington, St. Frances (Junior)

Jeannot Basima, John Carroll (Junior)

 

Honorable Mention: Jordan Green, St. Maria Goretti; Cesar Tchilombo, John Carroll; Isaiah Williams, Calvert Hall; Owen Fischer, Loyola; Mike Henderson, St. Maria Goretti; Tyheil Peterson, Archbishop Spalding

 

Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year Award

Luke Bamgboye, Mount Carmel

 

Cokey Robertson Most Improved Player of the Year Award

Cortez Johnson, St. Frances

 

O. Ray Mulls Coach of the Year Award

Nicholas Myles, St. Frances

 

Dave Kropfelder Never, Never Quit Awards:

Johnny Farley, Archbishop Spalding

Sheldon Spellman, Calvert Hall

Terry Long, John Carroll

Charley Hepting, Loyola

Tadas Gudonis, Mount Carmel

Jonas Sujeta, Mount St. Joseph

Taion Robinson, St. Frances

Tristan Cook, St. Maria Goretti

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February 22, 2022
 

ST. FRANCES AND MOUNT ST. JOSEPH SELECTED TO PLAY IN

2022 ALHAMBRA CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

ACIT returns after two-year hiatus to celebrate 60th tournament in Cumberland

 
BALTIMORE - The top two seeds in the upcoming Baltimore Catholic League Tournament – St. Frances and Mount St. Joseph – have been selected to the eight-team field of the 2022 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, scheduled for March 10-12 at Bobcat Arena on the campus of Frostburg State University in Cumberland.
 
St. Frances (31-5 overall as of Feb. 22) and Mount St. Joseph (25-5 overall as of Feb. 22) join a loaded field that includes Bishop McNamara, DeMatha, Gonzaga and Paul VI from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran and host Bishop Walsh. Both the Panthers and the Gaels are frequent participants in the ACIT, which celebrates its’ 60th tournament in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
BCL regular-season champion St. Frances is making its’ 13th appearance in the field, and the Panthers’ first since 2019. SFA was selected to the 2020 ACIT, before the tourney’s cancelation days before the event. St. Frances has made three trips to the ACIT title game (1996, 1997, 2009), and the Panthers won the tournament in 1996 – the second team in the BCL era (1972-2022) to accomplish the feat after Calvert Hall (1982).
 
BCL second-place squad Mount St. Joseph makes its’ 17th ACIT (league-record 16th as a member of the BCL), and it is the Gaels’ first appearance in Cumberland since 2019. MSJ has reached the finals three times (1971, 2006, 2017), twice during the BCL era.
 
The BCL has a long history with the ACIT, as at least one school has been selected each year from the league since 1972, including multiple teams each year starting with the 2008 event. Counting this year’s two selections, the BCL has sent 82 teams to the ACIT since the league’s first season in 1971-72, and BCL schools have made 10 appearances in the ACIT Championship Game with two titles.
 
Overall, all BCL-affiliated high schools – present and past – have 92 appearances (including this year’s teams) in the 60 tournaments with 13 title game appearances and three titles (Towson Catholic in 1962) since the ACIT began in 1961.
 
The ACIT begins on Thursday, March 10 with four first-round games starting at 4 pm. Championship and consolation semifinals are set for Friday, March 11 starting at 4 pm. The final day of the tournament is Saturday, March 12, with game times starting at 3 pm. Tickets for the ACIT each day are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and will be available at the door of Bobcat Arena. A webstream broadcast of all 12 games of the 2022 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament will be available at monumentalsportsnetwork.com (free 7-day trial available) and all games will be on Magic 100.5 (listen online at cumberlandsmagic.com). Daily content and full game recaps can be found at DMVElite.com. More information can be found on the ACIT’s official Twitter (@acit2022) account.