FORESTVILLE – The Bishop McNamara Mustangs stayed on the winning track as they defeated Archbishop Spalding by a score of 74-52 in boys’ basketball action. Bishop McNamara dominated for most of the first half by jumping out to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter. Senior guard Ernest Jenkins was scorching hot from the field […]
FORESTVILLE – The Bishop McNamara Mustangs stayed on the winning track as they defeated Archbishop Spalding by a score of 74-52 in boys’ basketball action.
Bishop McNamara dominated for most of the first half by jumping out to a 24-10 lead after the first quarter. Senior guard Ernest Jenkins was scorching hot from the field for McNamara and scored 10 of his 19 points in the opening quarter.
“My teammates pushed me to hit open shots when it was there, so I worked on getting my shot off quicker with more arch on the ball so it had a higher percentage of falling,” Jenkins said. “My teammates got me the ball and when it wasn’t there I could drive to the hole or find my teammates.”
In the second quarter, the Mustangs continued to push the pace and stayed aggressive as they maintained a 14-point lead heading into the half.
McNamara continued its attack in the third quarter, as they held Spalding to just eight points while scoring 19 of its own to increase its lead to 61-36. McNamara’s Makhi Mitchell threw down a monster dunk in the third quarter and added to the statement being made by the Mustangs. Spalding seemed to have had no answer for anything the Mustangs had in store for them, as McNamara’s lead continued to grow after three quarters.
McNamara senior Sam Green dominated inside for the majority of the game, helping his Mustangs by finishing with 13 points.
“I just took advantage of my size. I realized they were a small team and I just took advantage and used my size to that advantage.” Green stated. “There wasn’t much they could do with the size they had. We were basically motivated to keep playing well and continue to show our hustle and our effort against Spaulding.”
In the fourth quarter, the Mustangs coasted to a 22-point victory as they played most of their reserves off of the bench for the majority of the final period.
McNamara’s impressive victory came on a night where junior star Jamir Moultrie didn’t have his best performance offensively and was held to just seven points in the contest. Moultrie turned into more of a facilitator in the contest and his teammates benefitted greatly from it, as he added nine assists to the stat sheet.
“I just wanted to get my teammates involved. I really struggled offensively and I just wanted to get them involved,” Moultrie said. “We just ran our offense, executed and played defense.”
McNamara senior forward Jamar Watson also contributed nine points to help maintain his season average of 9.3 points-per-game. Senior Brandon Fields also dropped nine points.
No. 13 McNamara is now 8-3 overall as it remains one of the best WCAC basketball schools in the area.
Archbishop Spaulding falls to 5-8 on the season. Senior Justin Kane was the only bright spot for the Cavaliers as he scored 17 points to lead his team in defeat. Freshman Jordan Hall was second on the team in the scoring with eight points.
McNamara moves on to face Oxbridge Academy, a very talented school out of West Palm Beach, Fla.