Host Gilman's game plan to slow down Carver worked to perfection yesterday -- for about a half.
In the end, Carver (4-2, 3-0) used an uptempo offense and a stingy defense to hold off the Greyhounds (11-7, 4-1) for a 64-60 victory in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference Division I showdown.
The win leaves the Bears as the only undefeated team in Division I.
Steven Hicks led Carver with 18 points, nine assists and four steals. Victor Carter-Bey, who had 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, led Gilman.
"Coach [Durce Jackson] said we should run every chance we got," said Bears guard Eric Burley, "and in the second half, we did."
After Jamal Cox's layup cut the Carver lead to 24-20 with 4 minutes, 19 seconds to go in the first half, Carver scored 11 of the next 16 points, including six straight in a 36-second span, for a 35-25 halftime lead.
The Bears ran the lead to 43-28 midway through the third quarter, but the Greyhounds responded with eight of the last 10 points, six on three-pointers by Ted Evans and Carter-Bey, to cut the margin to 45-36 after the third quarter.
The Greyhounds chipped away at the lead, cutting it to 59-55 with 1:06 remaining, but the Bears made six of eight free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
"We're not ready for prime time, but we're getting there," said Jackson. "This was a big game for us, and our defense is what got us over."
Gilman coach Tim Holly was pleased with his team's effort.
"I think they're the best team in the league," he said of Carver. "We slowed it down and got up early [7-0], but they picked up their intensity.
"Still, we felt like we needed a split this week [the Greyhounds beat conference favorite Edmondson, 61-56, Wednesday], and we're halfway through our league schedule with a 4-1 record. If we can do that in the second half, that's a playoff berth."