Gilman, Spalding move into final Boys basketball

February 19, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Gilman boys basketball coach Tim Holley doesn't like to admit it, but he will say that his team has a slight advantage in playing host to the Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament.

The Greyhounds have made it to the tournament final all five years that it has been conducted, winning it four times. Tonight, Gilman will make its sixth appearance, as the Greyhounds staved off No. 7 seed Boys' Latin, 58-52, in yesterday's semifinals.

Gilman (9-19) will face eighth-seeded Spalding, which advanced defeating St. Paul's, 65-59, in the 8 p.m. championship game. Boys' Latin and St. Paul's will meet in the consolation game at 6.

"Playing at home gives us a little advantage because our team is used to playing here," said Holley. "When a team comes in here that is used to winning, it's not that big a deal, but for a team that's not winning a lot,it's a big hill to climb."

After scratching and clawing their way into position to win for the better part of four quarters, the Lakers were dealt a serious blow in the waning seconds of the contest when Boys' Latin coach Hugh Gelston was given a technical foul for arguing over how much time should be left on the clock.

The timing couldn't have been worse with the Lakers trailing by two, but the clock showed :03 and Gelston wanted :05. What he got was an infraction that not only cost him and his team two

free throws -- courtesy of junior Jimmy Fields -- but a much-needed possession.

The Greyhounds were fouled immediately on their ensuing BTC possession and Ronnie Crockett buried both ends of a one-and-one to ice it.

Matt Buck emerged as high scorer for the Greyhounds with 18, followed by Fields with 15 and Crockett with 10.

"We thought we could wear them down so we went out and

pressed them and made them play the entire 94 feet of the floor," said Holley. "Boys' Latin is a very disciplined team, but when a team gets tired they lose that discipline because they're not thinking clearly, and I think the constant pressure took its toll."

No. 8-seeded Spalding showed it could handle anything the tournament puts in its way. The Cavaliers returned to the Gilman gym where they upset top-seeded Severn the night night before and went about trying to win a tournament.

Brian Mohr scored 25 points and Tim Alber and Rich Reilly controlled the offensive boards in the Cavaliers' victory.

"Coming off an emotional win like last night, I told them on the bus that it was going to be difficult to climb that hill again," said Spalding coach Lee Dove. "We've been working hard lately, and I told them they have to do it on the floor and they've been doing it. Maybe we're peaking at the right time."

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