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St. Frances Academy def. Simon Gratz High School, 56-47

By Don Clegg
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Dec. 15, 2007 -- Baltimore St. Frances Academy's Sean Mosley and Wayne Sparrow proved to be double trouble for Simon Gratz at the inaugural Cancer Research Classic.  T he 6-5 Mosley, a Maryland commitment, poured in a game-high 25 points while Sparrow, an impressive 6-2 sophomore guard, added 20 as the Panthers finished off a solid 56-47 victory against the perennial Philadelphia Public League power.

"Beating a quality team like Simon Gratz is a great win for us and for our program," said Panther head coach William Wells.

"We lost to Neumann-Goretti a couple of weeks ago in the Charm City Classic in Baltimore so getting some revenge on a Philly team is pretty sweet."

St. Frances's revenge didn't come easily as the Bulldogs led, 25-24, at the half.  Thanks to Mosley and Sparrow, that lead proved to be short-lived.

"Wayne hit some big 3s to start the second half," said Mosley, "and that opened some things up for me. I think it's hard for a team to shut both of us down."

Sparrow knotted the score at 27 with a 3-point play off a fast break and the Panthers went ahead to stay, 29-27, when Mosley fed Anthony Oquendo for a layup as the clock turned under 5 minutes.  That ignited a 16-6 St. Frances surge with Sparrow providing 10 of the 16 points.  His 15-footer from the circle closed out the run with 30 ticks left in the quarter, putting the Panthers up, 40-33.  Sparrow left the game with an ankle injury at the 6-minute mark of the fourth quarter and Gratz closed the gap to 42-39 on back-to-back hoops by Ali Baba Odd and Hershell Warren.  That's when Mosley took control.  With Sparrow receiving treatment on the sidelines, Coach Wells ordered his team to clear out the right side of the court and let Mosley go at his defender.

"It's really designed for Sean to drive into the lane, draw the double-team and kick to the open teammate," said Wells. "But they weren't doubling at first so he just took it to the basket."

Mosley scored the first 10 points of the quarter for St. Frances, which turned out to be just enough to keep the Bulldogs at bay.

"We tried to double up and get some help," said Simon Gratz coach Leonard Poole, "but sometimes there just isn't very much you can do. We made (Mosley) work for everything he got but he hit some big shots."

Gratz, playing without injured University of Hartford commit Charles White, had three double-figure scorers.  Senior point guard Travis White led the way with 13 points and 9 assists while Odd added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Joseph Reid, a 6-7 junior post, finished with a dozen points.