De Matha suffered third quarter doldrums and had its 13-game winning streak snapped last night, 79-75, by Linden McKinley of Columbus, Ohio, in the title game of the Hall of Fame Classic tonight.
De Matha, now 10-1 this season, saw its 41-37 intermission lead turn into a 57-51 deficit as Linden out-scored the Stags, 20-10, in the third period behind Tracy Penn, who netted eight of his 22 points. The Stags never caught up despite the play of Adrian Branch, who recorded game-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds.
Jeff Williams had 18 points and nine rebounds and Tom Brown 17 points for Linden. [WORDS ILLEGIBLE]
At O'Connell's holiday tournament Trinity (N.Y.), used 27 points by Matt Doherty, 17 of those in the second half, to hold off Mackin, 63-58, for the championship.
Woodward jumped to an 11-1 lead and was never challenged in dropping Wootton. Mark Sangimino scored 21 points and Steve Becvar added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the victors.
Tony Rodriguez had 20 points and Al McKinney 18 as Walter Johnson disposed of host Seneca Valley, 64-46, for top honors in the Screaming Eagles' tournament.
Frederick, leading, 83-82, with two minutes to play notched the next 11 points to outgun host Sherwood, 101-84, and win the Sherwood Invitational Tournament Center Mike Boyd had 36 points and 17 rebounds and Monk Jones 20 points for Frederick.