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March 14, 2014

Hampton, Moore guide DeMatha past Calvert Hall

FROSTBURG — Looking to begin their 44th Alhambra Tournament in normal DeMatha fashion, the Stags took control during the third quarter on the broad back of Joseph Hampton and the quick thinking of Alani Moore to beat Calvert Hall 68-60 Thursday in Game Three of the 54th ACIT at Frostburg State University.

Hampton proved a defensive problem for the Cardinals all night and Moore ran the Stags’ offense with precision, but the two didn’t start to mesh until the second half.

Calvert Hall, the fourth-ranked team in the Baltimore Metro area, got out to a 14-10 lead during the first quarter behind seven points from Drew Edwards. Edwards finished with 13 points to lead the Cardinals.

Hampton scored the first two buckets of the second quarter to tie the score for the first time. The Cardinals retook the lead on Nico Clareth’s jumper, but Corey Henson sank a three-pointer that put DeMatha on top 18-16. The Stags would never relinquish the lead from that point, though Calvert would tie it on two more occasions.

The 6-foot, six-inch 225-pound Hampton nailed a three-pointer with 40 seconds left to give DeMatha, No. 5 in the Washington Post Metro poll, a 29-26 lead that would stick until halftime.

“He’s a matchup nightmare for any team,” said Stags’ head coach Mike Jones. “When he’s on his game it gives us a lot of options, and makes it impossible to cover him with one guy. If they let a big guy guard him he can play outside and get past them. If they put a smaller guy on him he can go inside and use his size to muscle past them.”

Hampton finished with 24 points and cleaned the boards of nine rebounds.

Hampton had 10 points in the third as DeMatha (28-4) extended the 29-26 lead into a 50-42 advantage. Moore, a sophomore like Hampton, didn’t score in the third but began showing his leadership of the offense by knowing when to set the Stags up in their regular offense or push the fast break.

“Alani Moore gets most of the credit for the offense tonight,” said Jones. “He got more minutes than we would normally get him, and it’s because he knows when to play up and when to slow it down. He did a great job with our offense tonight, whether we set up in our half-court, or kept going in the fast break.”

Besides scoring 15 points, he also led the team with 10 rebounds even though he was the smallest player on the court. He wasn’t far from a triple-double by finishing with eight assists.

Trailing by eight going into the fourth, the Cardinals got as close as 50-47 on a three by T.J. Duckett, but Henson answered for the Stags with a three of his own 16 seconds later and Calvert would get no closer.

Calvert Hall forward Chris Phoenix used his 6-8 frame to grab 10 rebounds and score 11 points, and Sean Mayberry added 11 points.

For DeMatha, Darren Harvey added 11 points and Henson scored 10.

DeMatha, seeking its 22nd ACIT championship, tries to stay in the winner’s bracket when they play St. John’s tonight at 7:30 in the championship semifinals. Calvert Hall (28-7) kicks off today’s slate when it faces Bishop Walsh at 4 o’clock.

Chris Appel is a sportswriter for the Times-News. Contact him at cappel@times-news.com.

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