Gilman rips Spalding for Independent title, 63-42 Boys basketball

February 20, 1993|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Contributing Writer

This year's Maryland Scholastic Association Independent Schools Basketball Tournament had its share of surprises but a familiar ending.

Severn -- the area's No. 9 team, riding a 21-game winning streak and the tournament's top seed -- was knocked off by Spalding in the second round.

The three top seeds lost in the second round and, for the first time,none of the top seeds was involved in last night's championship game at Gilman.

But Gilman won the championship. Again.

For the fifth time, the Greyhounds claimed the title, defeating Spalding, 63-42, before an estimated crowd of 800.

Junior guard Jimmy Fields led all scorers with 18 points, all of which came in the opening half as the Greyhounds built a 39-17 halftime lead, earning Most Valuable Player honors.

"We came out fired up," said Fields, a 5-foot-8 junior guard who also had nine rebounds and eight assists. "Everybody was focused in the locker room. We were ready to play. All the seniors wanted to win it."

Than'l Badder added 11 points for Gilman, the tournament's sixth seed. Derrick Colvin had 10. Doug Little led Spalding (16-9) with 13.

It was a nice conclusion of the season for the Greyhounds (10-19), who are not involved in postseason action for the second straight year. Also, it was redemption for last season, when they lost to St. Paul's, 58-56, in the final.

They wasted no time, scoring the game's first seven points and then, outscoring the Cavaliers, 23-7, in the second quarter.

And it was all Fields, who scored 13 in the quarter, on an assortment of drives down the lane and perimeter shooting.

"If anybody else was named they would have been crazy," said Spalding coach Lee Dove. "He had to get it. The games I saw of him this week just proved he's a great player."

With victories over Severn (52-46) and fourth seed St. Paul's (65-59), Spalding, seeded eighth, seemed to have the momentum going into last night.

But that quickly evaporated in the game's opening minutes. The Cavaliers fell behind 7-0, then came right back to lead at 8-7 and 10-9 before the Greyhounds reclaimed it at 16-10 at the end of the quarter.

Leading 18-15, Gilman gained control for good, outscoring Spalding, 21-2, as the Greyhounds pressure led to 11 second-quarter by the Cavaliers.

In the consolation game, St. Paul's defeated Boys' Latin, behind 28 points from Mike Watson, who had eight three-pointers and scored 15 in the final quarter.

Watson was named to the all-tourney team, along with Gilman's Ronnie Crockett, Boys' Latin's Phil Booker and Spalding's Rich Reilly and Brian Mohr.

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