St. Charles boys make school his­tory in win over North Point

St. Charles boys beat North Point for first time

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

The St. Charles boys bas­ket­ball team start- ed 2017 by turn­ing over a new leaf as it went to North Point and de­feated the Ea­gles, 74-69, for the first time in school his­tory in Wed­nes­day night’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

With the vic­tory, the Spar­tans (6-2, 1-0 SMAC Po­tomac) has ar­rived as not only one of the sur- prise teams in Charles County, but also in the con­fer­ence.

“Five years I was here [as the North Point boys as­sis­tant coach] and since that time they’ve only lost one home con- fer­ence game,” said St. Charles head coach Brett Camp­bell, re­fer­ring to the Ea­gles. “North Point has been the fa­vorite in our con­fer­ence for some time and for us to come in here and beat them gives up some mo­ti­va­tion. Our guys have been work­ing, so it feels good get some recog­ni­tion.”

Se­nior guard Shiloh Beale sparked St. Charles’ sig­na­ture win with 28 points, scor­ing 18 in the sec­ond half, in­clud­ing 12 in the fourth quar­ter.

Beale is av­er­ag­ing a team-best 19.3 points a game thus far and has been the cat­a­lyst to the Spar­tans unit on of­fense and de­fense.

“My team­mates just put me in a good po­si­tion to score and I just wanted to help my team in any way that I could,” said Beale, who hit three point­ers and made 8 for 11 (73 per­cent) from the freethrow line. “We’ve been play­ing good de­fense and we are get­ting bet­ter every game.”

In what was a back-and­forth con­test, St. Charles, which had 28 points in the fourth, led 64-57 with 2 min­utes 2 sec­onds re­main­ing and later was up 68-63 with 32 sec­onds left.

North Point later cut the Spar­tans’ lead to 6866 with 17 ticks left, but St. Charles went back on top by four on pair of free throws by Mar­shawn Hall with 15.6 sec­onds left.

Dealt with foul trou­ble for most of the game, se­nior guard Jalen Gibbs, who fin­ished with a game-high 29 points, nailed a three-pointer with 10 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Hall was fouled again on the en­su­ing posses- sion and made two more free throws to put the Spar­tans up 72-69 with 5 sec­onds left.

North Point had one fi­nal chance to tie the game, but Gibbs, who did not play the en­tire third quar­ter, was called for a carry be­fore he reached half-court.

Hall was then fouled and knocked down two more free throws to seal the vic­tor y for St. Charles.

North Point led by as many eight points in the sec­ond quar­ter, but Gibbs had to sit on the bench af­ter he was called for his fourth foul with 3:08 left in the first half af­ter be­ing called for an of­fen­sive foul and then a tech­ni­cal foul.

From there, the Spar- tans used their ag­gres- sive man-to-man de­fense and timely shoot­ing to nar­row the gap and ended the sec­ond on a 13-4 run to take a 31-30 half- time lead on a bas­ket by Beale as time ex­pired.

St. Charles, which took a 17-13 lead in the first quar­ter, also had scor­ing con­tri­bu­tions from Sean Pat­ter­son with 12 points, while Hall and An­thony Bow­man fin­ished with 10 points each.

The Spar­tans, who are sched­uled to be at Leonard­town at 6:30 tonight for a non­di­vi­sion con­test, shot 17 of 21 (81 per­cent) from the free-throw line, while North Point was 24 of 40 (60 per­cent).

“North Point did a real good job of get­ting to the bas­ket and shot a lot more free throws than we did,” Camp­bell said. “We had a cou­ple guys take some charges and we were able to make some key stops on de­fense. This was a huge early sea­son win for us.”

North Point sopho­more guard Ma­lik Lawrence was the only other player in dou­ble fig­ures be­sides Gibbs with 15 points on the night.

The Ea­gles (3-6, 0-1) are sched­uled to travel to Lackey (8-1, 1-0) for a 6:30 con­test tonight.

“Coach Camp­bell had his guys ready and they played hard,” Nor th Point head coach Jimmy Ball said. “We were up eight at one point in the sec­ond [quar­ter], but they had a big run to end the quar­ter. We just have to fig­ure out our way out of this slump and keep work­ing. It is a long sea­son.”

PHOTO BY WAL­LACE BAR­RON

St. Charles se­nior guard Shiloh Beale goes up for two of his teamhigh 28 points in the 74-69 road vic­tory over the North Point Ea­gles on Wed­nes­day night in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion boys bas­ket­ball con­test. Beale, who is av­er­ag­ing 19.3 points per game, scored 18 sec­ond-half points, in­clud­ing 12 in the fourth quar­ter.

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