McDonogh edges Gilman in OT, 64-61

February 17, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Tim Holley promised that his Gilman boys basketball team would give McDonogh "a better game" in yesterday's Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference semifinal at the Finney Athletic Center than it had Feb. 4 when the Eagles routed the Greyhounds by 20 points.

Holley and the visiting Greyhounds kept their part of the bargai in keeping the game close, but McDonogh showed it can win the tight games, too, as the Eagles held on to win, 64-61, in overtime.

McDonogh (12-4) will meet Sev-ern, which downed John Carroll 67-56 in yesterday's other semifinal, in Saturday's 6 p.m. final at Goucher College.

"Coming in here I thought the game was a toss-up. They had just a good of chance to win as we did," said McDonogh coach Albie Swartz.

"I'm very happy to win and I think my guys played very well. They played smart, boxed out well and played good defense."

The 16th-ranked Eagles took a 4-2 lead early, after a running jumper by Donte Evans but didn't regain the lead until the 5:27 mark of the third quarter when senior center Bobby Sabelhaus scored on a layup to give the Eagles a 30-29 advantage.

In the three-minute overtime period, McDonogh went ahead 59-57 when senior forward Sean Sullivan exploited a seam in the middle for an easy basket.

Sullivan put his team ahead by three when he hit the front of a one-and-one but the basket that hurt the Greyhounds most was a follow-up shot by Sabelhaus that gave the visitors a 62-57 lead with just under a minute remaining.

Gilman (14-7) pulled back to within two with 19 seconds remaining on a three-pointer by Derrick Colvin.

Two free throws by Guy Robertson ended the suspense, however.

"We didn't make all of our foul shots," said Swartz, "but we stepped up to the plate and we made enough to protect the lead and win."

Holley, who now will prepare his team for next week's Independent Schools Tournament, agreed with Swartz's assessment.

"Both team played great but McDonogh played very well and overcame the home-court advantage and all those things that championship team do," said Holley.

Evans, who reached the 1,000 career-point plateau when he hit three-pointer in the second quarter, shared team-high scoring honors with Sabelhaus as each scored 22.

Jimmy Fields, who sent the game into overtime with three-pointer with six seconds left in regulation, led all scorers with 31 points.

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