For three quarters Glenelg's defense managed to make it a close game.
But 17 turnovers and poor shooting (17-for-51) from the floor and at the foul line (7-for-14) eventually led to a 49-41 Atholton victory Friday night at Glenelg.
Atholton (5-6 overall, 2-1 league) had lost to league-leading Oakland Mills by just two points Wednesday night, but played poorly against Glenelg. They made 12 turnovers and shot just 18-for-51 from the floor.
"It was ugly, and we didn't play hard the first half," Atholton Coach Jim Albert said. "But it's a win and that's what counts when it's all over. I thought Glenelg played well."
The Gladiators (2-7 overall, 0-3 league) led, 9-0, at one point and 12-4 at the end of the first quarter, despite shooting only 5-for-15 from the floor inthat period.
A dunk by Jeff Slack (12 points) off a steal at the end of the quarter ignited Glenelg's fans.
Atholton missed its first eight shots and was 2-for-12 in the first quarter.
The Raiders'leading scorer, Jermaine Reynolds, who averages 17 points and 12 rebounds, did not score in that period.
Glenelg clung to its upset hope in the second period and went up, 20-10, on Juan Dorsey's rebound shot. Dorsey scored 13 for the game, including one dunk, and was by far Glenelg's best all-around player. He was tough on the boards and defensively against Reynolds.
But Atholton scored eight of the last10 points in the second quarter to trail at halftime by just 22-18.
Kori Hunter (eight points) and Reynolds each scored two baskets during that comeback drive. Atholton shot 7-for-13 from the floor in that second quarter.
Atholton finally took the lead, 26-25, with 1 minute, 33 seconds left in the third period on two free throws by Reynolds, who finished the game with 15 points.
Reynolds had scored ona drive just before those free throws, a hoop that cut the Glenelg lead to 25-24.
Amazingly, Atholton managed to take the lead despite shooting only 4-for-15 during the third quarter, and at one point missing eight straight shots.
Glenelg shot even more horribly that period, making just 3-for-11 and missing nine straight at one point.
At the end of three periods Atholton led, 32-29, and it was still anyone's game, although momentum had definitely swung toward Atholton.
Reynolds scored seven points in the fourth quarter to rally Atholton to the win.
His drive in the lane made it 40-35 in Atholton'sfavor. Then he sank a free throw making it 46-35.
After Dorsey hit a short baseline jumper, Reynolds sank an 18-footer for a 43-37 Atholton lead.
Brian Smith banged in a rebound shot for Atholton and the Raiders were off and running to a 45-37 lead.
Slack, who scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, banged in a long shotfrom the corner for Glenelg.
But Jeff Snyder (eight points) hit acouple of free throws and Reynolds made a couple of free throws for a 49-39 Atholton lead.
Kevin Roland's final layup for Glenelg was too little and too late.
The Raiders shot well at the foul line, making 13-for-18, and that proved to be the main difference in the game.
"After we lost our first three games of the season I didn't think our team was going to be capable of winning many games," Albert said. "But sometimes we play well. Tonight just wasn't one of them."