Gilman sets stage for McDonogh

February 16, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Gilman coach Tim Holley said he was pleased with the effort his team gave in defeating St. Mary's, 79-59, yesterday in the opening round of the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference boys basketball tournament.

But not even the 20-point victory stopped Holley from reminding his team of a 20-point loss it suffered against McDonogh earlier this season. He posted a newspaper article of that game, a 92-72 final.

"McDonogh embarrassed us last time, called us names and laughed at us and all that stuff, so I put that article on the board to remind the kids what a bad night that was for us and, hopefully, we can redeem ourselves," said Holley, whose team will play host to McDonogh at 5:30 p.m. today for a chance to play in the tournament final at 6 p.m. Saturday at Goucher College.

"I told the kids, 'I've talked to some people and McDonogh feels they are the best team in the league and that they are destined to play Severn in the championship game and that we are really just also-rans.' McDonogh feels that we're a nonfactor as far as the title is concerned and they're coming in our gym, where we've had a decided advantage over opponents, just like in their gym, where they have a decided advantage."

The host Greyhounds didn't need any more leverage against the Saints.

Gilman (14-6) opened a 13-2 lead to start the game and was up 23-6 early in the second quarter. Junior forward Mark Abrams was hot early, scoring nine of his 14 points in the first quarter to help secure a 19-6 advantage.

Jimmy Fields, who entered the game averaging 21.7 points, had 22points, seven steals and six assists. The Greyhounds, who led 46-24 at the half and shot 21 of 28 from the foul line, got eight points from Than'l Badder and six apiece from Lorne Smith, Jason Mersey and Chris McLamb.

The Saints (5-12), who moved up to the B Conference this season and finished with a 4-6 league record, got 14 points from Kevin Sturm, nine from Taron Jones and eight from Mark Kiefer.

With Boys' Latin, Archbishop Curley, Friends and St. Paul's out of contention for the B Conference crown, that leaves Gilman as the only Division II team still in it. Holley acknowledges that his team competes in the conference's weaker division but promises that it will do its best to make today's game exciting.

"We hope to make this one a little more competitive," Holley said. "We know McDonogh thinks they're much better than we are, but we'll try to give them a better game this time."

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