Salesianum’s Jack Brown scored 22 points, but the Sals had to hold off a huge 4th quarter performance from Howard’s LaMar Woody for a 71-65 intra-city victory Wednesday night.
Salesianum looked well on their way to victory when they outscored Howard 15-6 in the 3rd quarter to jump ahead 48-32.
The 16-point lead was made possible by a furious, transition attack including several layups by Jack Brown, and a three-pointer from Michael Wallace.
At that point, Woody had just 5 points, but that was about to change.
Woody decided to attack the basket at will, and when he wasn’t making layups, he went to the line 10 times, connecting on 9 of the free throws.
He would pick up a technical foul with 5:02 to left that let the Sals get the lead back to 55-43, but it only seemed to spark his team again, as they went to a full-court trap, and it paid dividends.
Woody converted two quick steals into layups, and then Johnny Ewell did the same, and the Wildcats were within 66-61 with 50.9 seconds left.
Salesianum finally found enough answers, as Paul Brown leaked into the frontcourt, and a long pass led to a two-hand dunk that gave the Sals a 3-posession cushion.
Woody hit a slam dunk at the buzzer, but it wasn’t enough for the determined Howard squad.
Jack Brown was one of 5 Sals in double figures. Michael Wallace scored 13 points, while Paul Brown, Rasheen Caulk, and Darnell Vaughan each had 12.
Salesianum (5-3) saw their three-game losing streak end ahead of a showdown with No. 2 Sanford Friday at 7:30 (WDEL).
Jason Tribbett added 11 first-half points for Howard (4-5), who will try to end their three-game slide Thursday at home against Middletown at 4:45.