It's tough to beat a talented team such as Mount St. Joseph, which is one of the best teams in the basketball-rich Baltimore area.
It's even tougher when you fall behind 16-2.
That's what happened Friday night to Porter-Gaud in the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic Rotary Bracket semifinal at North Charleston High School.
The Gaels came out shooting and jumped to a 14-point lead. Porter-Gaud never quit, but never recovered, dropping a 66-50 decision.
Mount St. Joseph upped its record to 13-2 thanks to 56 percent shooting in the first half and 50 percent for the game. The Gaels built a 26-point lead midway through the second half and handed Porter-Gaud its second loss in nine games.
“My gosh, they can shoot,” Porter-Gaud coach John Pearson said. “Psychologically, it's very tough to come back from that type of deficit. Our kids were ready to play, but we knew they were a good team. They hit their shots early.”
Charlie Jones led the Gaels with 22 points, hitting 8 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from 3-point land. Jordan McNeil came off the bench to score 14 and Kameron Williams collected 12 points, four steals and three assists.
K.J. James led Porter-Gaud with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Preddy added 11 points and five rebounds.
Mount St. Joseph will play Charlotte Christian in the Rotary Bracket championship today at 7 p.m. Charlotte Christian reached the championship with a 57-47 victory over Northwood Temple Academy of Fayetteville, N.C.
Thomas Jefferson, one of the best teams in Brooklyn, will play Our Lady of Good Counsel in the Communities in School championship. Our Lady of Good Counsel, located in Olney, Md., advanced with a 79-54 victory over Roswell.
Thomas Jefferson reached the title game with a 64-44 win over Wando.
Thomas Jefferson 64, Wando 44
Thomas Jefferson dominated inside, outrebounding Wando 46-36 and outscoring the Warriors 34-16 in the paint.
Jaquan Lynch came off the bench to lead the Orange Wave with 16 points. Another sub, Jermoinbe Faison, added 12.
Thomas Jefferson shot 34 percent from the field and only 60 percent from the foul line. The Orange Wave turned the ball over 17 times and forced 27 Wando turnovers.
Aaron Brown led Wando with 10 points.
Thomas Jefferson upped its record to 10-1. Wando fell to 9-5.
Charlotte Christian 57, Northwood Temple 47
Charlotte Christian (9-4) outscored Northwood Temple 32-17 in the first half and held off a rally to reach the Rotary Bracket Championship.
Patrick Rooks hit three 3-point goals and finished with 21 points to lead the win. He also grabbed eight of his team's 38 rebounds.
Trey Phills added 14 points, hitting 5 of 6 from the field. He also handed out four assists. Matthew Fisher-Davis tallied 11 points for the Knights, who hit 41 percent from the field and only 55 percent from the foul line.
Sidy Mohamed Djitte led Northwood Temple with 13 points. He garbed nine rebounds. Dominique Kelman-Poto collected nine points and 14 rebounds.
The Eagles (12-6) shot 35 percent from the field and 36 percent from the foul line.
Our Lady 79, Roswell 64
Our Lady of Good Counsel guard Byron Hawkins was on target, hitting 13 of 16 from the field and 5 of 6 from the 3-point line to finish with 33 points. He also led the team with seven rebounds.
J.P. Boyle, Kenny Wormley and Andrew Calomeris scored 12 points apiece for OLGC (5-7). The Falcons hit 65 percent from the field, including 77 percent in the first half, but they led by only 38-33 at halftime.
Sean Brennan scored 33 points for Roswell (7-5). He hit 11 of 22 from the field and was 3 of 8 from 3-point range.
At North Charleston HS
Charlotte Christian vs. Mount St. Joseph, 7 p.m.
Pinewood Prep vs. Stratford, 10 a.m.
Charleston Collegiate vs. West Ashley, 1 p.m.
Northwood Temple vs. Porter-Gaud, 4 p.m.
Communities in School Bracket
Our Lady of Good Counsel vs. Thomas Jefferson, 8:30 p.m.
James Island vs. North Charleston, 11:30 a.m.
Goose Creek vs. Summerville, 2:30 p.m.
Roswell vs. Wando 5:30 p.m.
Mount Saint Joseph's Adam Ogbonuba knocks the ball from Porter Gaud's Michael Preddy during the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic at North Charleston High School on Friday night December 28, 2012. (Wade Spees/postandcourier.com)×