This year’s Baltimore Catholic League semifinals showcased four teams with either Maryland commitments or prospects playing.
The second semifinal game matched up two future Maryland Terrapins in juniors Dino Gregory of Mount St. Joseph and Braxton Dupree of Calvert Hall. In the end, Gregory’s powerful Mount St. Joseph squad proved too much for the Calvert Hall Cardinals as they pulled away in the 4th quarter for a 62-41 victory.
As is usually the case, Dino Gregory did not stand out stat-wise but had an efficient game playing within the MSJ system. He finished with only seven points and struggled at the free throw line, hitting only one of six attempts from the stripe.
Again, as is usually the case with Gregory, he was more effective facing the basket with his reliable jump shot than in the low post. All three of his field goals in this game came on midrange jumpers.
On defense, Dino was often trying to deny Dupree the ball in the post as part of MSJ’s zone defense. He almost always had help when Dupree got the ball as the defense would collapse in to prevent Calvert Hall’s best player from scoring. Gregory also registered three blocks on the night.
Because of the collapsing defense in the post, Braxton Dupree couldn’t use his size advantage to dominate inside. Mount St. Joe was determined to not let him beat them inside. Still, Dupree was able to hit five of his ten shots deep in the post for nearly all of his 11 points.
Dupree is a center and he knows it. He is perfectly content to stay in the low block and score all his points in the paint. None of his 10 shots tonight came outside of five feet from the basket. In this game he proved to be equally adept at going to his left hand as his natural right hand and finishing.
In the end, Mount St. Joseph was too powerful a team for Calvert Hall and dominated the 4th quarter, which is their specialty, outscoring Calvert Hall 23-11 in the final frame.
Mount St. Joseph will meet Towson Catholic in the championship game in a rematch of last week’s MIAA A Conference finals.