McDonogh has its way with Gilman, 92-72

February 05, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

When asked about what happened in his team's game at McDonogh last night, all Gilman coach Tim Holley could do was shake his head.

"We were outplayed, out-coached and just beaten from end to end," said Holley.

McDonogh forced 21 turnovers with relentless defensive pressure, and the Eagles took advantage of 25 points from Bob Sabelhaus and 24 from Donta Evans to rout Gilman, 92-72, in a Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference game.

McDonogh (9-4, 8-1) gave Gilman (13-6, 8-2) fits with its full-court press. The Eagles caused numerous backcourt turnovers that resulted in several easy baskets.

"We wanted [point guard Jimmy] Fields to not get the ball," said McDonogh coach Albie Swartz. "We wanted to put the ball in other people's hands."

And that's what happened. The McDonogh press made Gilman struggle to get the ball over midcourt. The Greyhounds were often forced to throw the ball backward or into a corner -- which sometimes resulted in a turnover.

When Gilman defeated McDonogh in an earlier meeting, the Eagles simply played man-to-man defense with no tricks. This time, the Eagles put the pressure on.

Fields led the team with 26 points, but Gilman never hit its stride. Gilman tried to press McDonogh at times, but the Eagles used their quickness to break it.

Much of the credit for that goes to point guard Evans. He repeatedly cut between Gilman players to crack the press and help the Eagles set up fast-break opportunities. McDonogh's offense was aggressive the entire game, repeatedly driving and drawing fouls -- getting 39 free throws overall.

Much of the time Evans and Sabelhaus combined to do damage. Sabelhaus was a big force inside, capping off the night with a fourth-quarter jam.

Sabelhaus led the way inside. The Eagles dominated the paint, out-rebounding Gilman, 38-23, often getting second shots and limiting Gilman to one shot per possession.

The absence of starting center Than'l Badder hurt Gilman. Badder was ejected from the previous game, and had to miss this one.

The game was close early, as McDonogh led, 15-14, after one. The Eagles broke it open in the second quarter, hitting seven of eight from at point to take a 39-30 halftime lead.

McDonogh really took over in the third quarter. The Eagles, who also got a good effort from Dwayne Stukes (12 points), scored nine of 11 at one point to stretch their lead to 56-40.

The Eagles closed the door in the fourth quarter. Evans opened the quarter with a three-pointer, Sabelhaus added a layup and Mike Layden made four straight free throws for the first nine points of the quarter and a 67-45 lead.

McDonogh wound up scoring 23 of the first 31 in the quarter to increase the lead to 28. The Eagles finished with 34 in the quarter and turned the game into a rout.

McDonogh came out fired up because of Gilman's victory the PTC last time the two met. The Eagles struggled for much of that game. Last night, however, it was a different story.

"This game we played solid right through," said Swartz.

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