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GAME OF THE WEEK : Loyola Takes Its Game to New Level--Above the Rim : Basketball: Cubs score an easy 84-48 win over Bishop Montgomery that includes nine rim-rattling slams. Canady has game-high 19 points.

January 30, 1994|SEAN WATERS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

It's one thing to get beaten badly. It's another to get mercilessly dunked on in the process.

And Loyola showed no mercy Thursday night, scoring an easy 84-48 win over Bishop Montgomery that included nine dunks in a Mission League game at home.

Everyone from UCLA-bound Toby Bailey to reserve Patrick Klein, the son of former football star Bob Klein, got in on the action.

"We had quite a few dunks tonight," said Cubs forward Edwin Canady, who had four dunks among his game-high 19 points. "I know we had another game where we had a lot of dunks, but I can't remember when."

Maybe when the rim stops rattling, Canady will remember. Bishop Montgomery certainly can't forget.

Canady's first dunk gave the Cubs a 9-6 lead in the first quarter. His second--a two-handed, hang-on-the-rim slam--gave the Cubs a seven-point lead.

"After I made that first dunk, I took it stronger to the basket," Canady said.

Bailey, who scored half of his 16 points on four dunks, got his first when his brother Moose threw a pass that bounced off Canady's chest. Toby Bailey clutched the ball and made a garden variety one-handed slam.

And that was just in the first quarter.

As the score grew more one-sided, the Cubs became more creative with their above-the-rim antics.

Starting in the third quarter, Bailey had a reverse dunk and Canady followed 10 seconds later with a two-handed version.

Cubs point guard Corey Woods missed a short jumper, but Bailey made a two-handed jam off the rebound to make it 58-32.

In the fourth quarter, Cubs swingman Moose Bailey forced a turnover and led his brother with a pass on a breakaway. Toby Bailey caught the ball and dribbled three times before making a 360-degree dunk.

"I had one of each--a 360, a tip-dunk, a reverse and a regular one," said Toby Bailey. "I liked the 360 best. I could see out of the corner of my eye the Loyola cheering section and I wanted to do something special for them."

The show-stopper came with five seconds left when Klein broke loose and slammed his way into the box score. It wasn't pretty, but it was Klein's only points of the game.

"They took us out of everything we wanted to do offensively and defensively," said Knights Coach Douglas Mitchell.

Bishop Montgomery was expecting a fired-up opponent after beating Loyola twice last season en route to a Mission League title. The Cubs entered the game in first place with a two-game advantage over the third-place Knights.

Moose Bailey, who set up several dunks with his passes, was especially looking forward to this game.

"They came here talking and pushing," said Moose Bailey, who had 15 points. "They're were holding on to memories from last year. We had to beat them up."

It was enough to make Knight guard Kareem Mutrie sick, or in his case, sicker. Mutrie, who has signed with University of San Diego, managed 14 points despite suffering a stomachache.

Said Loyola Coach Bill Thomason: "That was a good-looking game. It was the epitome of the way we want to play. We scrambled after the ball. We pressed. We ran up and down the court and still played good half-court defense."

And the Cubs slammed a hole in the Knights' chances of repeating as champions.

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Records: Bishop Montgomery 9-7, 5-3; Loyola 13-5, 8-0.

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