The hosts held up their end of the bargain in the opening round of the Gonzaga/D.C. Classic boys basketball tournament last night at Gonzaga. McNamara wasn't as fortunate, rendering moot its hopes for a date with the No. 18 Eagles today in the winner's bracket of the three-day event.

Behind senior center Howard Blue's 17 points and six rebounds, Gonzaga (6-2) had little difficulty with St. Andrew's (R.I.), 73-42. The Eagles took a 24-point lead into halftime, and three Eagles finished in double figures (Joey Goodson had 14 and Wade Williams added 10).

McNamara (6-2) stayed with perennial New York power Molloy well into the second half before the Stanners started finding their outside touch and prevailed, 73-58. McNamara, which went into halftime tied at 32, got a game-high 28 points from Virginia-bound forward Maurice Young.

McNamara meets St. Andrew's today at 5 in a loser's bracket game as the site shifts to American University's Bender Arena. Gonzaga will face Molloy at 8:30.

Philadelphia's Roman Catholic (4-0), led by top prospect Eddie Griffin, beat Spalding (4-2), of Severn, in the opening game, 60-53, and will play Loughlin (Brooklyn) in a semifinal at 6:45. Loughlin (4-0) looked impressive in dismantling Houston's Westbury Christian (11-2), 85-47. . . .

Paul VI Catholic junior guard Dennis Bowden scored nine points in the first quarter to help the Panthers to a 25-12 lead en route to an 80-61 win over Theodore Roosevelt in the first game of the Good Counsel Holiday Classic. Bowden finished with 12 points. Junior center Rob Little scored 18 to lead Paul VI Catholic, which will face Spingarn in the championship game at 7:15 tonight.

Meade Denies Entsminger

Meade's girls welcomed the role of spoiler last night at North County. With Knights Coach Sally Entsminger looking for her 300th victory on her home floor, the Mustangs would have none of it, turning back a late Knights rally for a 50-48 Anne Arundel 4A victory.

Meade forward LaTanya Eldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Nicole Dailey had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Mustangs (4-0). But it wasn't easy. Meade led, 49-43, late in the fourth before North County (1-2) rallied.

"We could have done a better job on defense in the second half," Eldridge said. "But as the season goes along, we'll get much better. We knew that they were going to come out strong to get their coach the 300th victory, and we withstood it."

"Turnovers were the key to the game," said Entsminger, whose team committed 16. "But the turnovers are part of a young team not yet able to handle the pressure situations.". . .

The Mount Vernon girls flew to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Nike Tournament of Champions to see how they match up against some of the top teams in the nation. In their first game yesterday, the Majors (3-1) lost but discovered they can compete on a national stage, falling 52-46 to 5-0 Narbonne, of Harbor City, Calif., which is ranked No. 1 by USA Today. Junior point guard Anesia Smith had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Majors.