Blazing Glenelg rides Breland and Starcher over Atholton, 80-65

Gladiators shoot 70% from floor in easy win

Boys basketball

February 12, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg settled some old scores with Atholton yesterday and rang up some season highs in the process of winning, 80-65.

The Gladiators (15-4 overall, 11-4 league) also kept alive their slim hope for a Howard County championship. They trail league-leading Oakland Mills by three games in the loss column, and the Scorpions have four games left to play. Glenelg now has three games left.

The 80 points was a season high for Glenelg, which shot a sizzling 70 percent (30-for-43) from the floor.

Atholton (10-7, 9-6) had beaten Glenelg nine straight times, including a six-overtime game last season. And the Raiders, county champs four of the last five seasons, were the only county team Glenelg had not defeated this season.

"We really wanted to beat every team in the county this season," said Glenelg's Eric Breland, who scored a season-high 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Breland leads Glenelg in scoring with a 16.4 average.

Glenelg shooting guard Jeff Starcher also established a personal season high with 23 points. Starcher is the team's second-leading scorer with an 11.3 average.

"The key was transition," Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said. "We're playing smart basketball right now and got the ball to the right people, hit our open looks, and got a great rotation off our bench. Point guard Brandon Robertson had a great first half."

The motivated Gladiators exploded with a game-opening 19-5 run and sank 10 of their first 11 shots from the floor. They led 23-10 after one quarter.

"We stress the first four minutes of the game," Snyder said. "And this was our best first quarter of the season. I can't remember the last time Glenelg scored 80 points."

Glenelg built its lead to 50-26 in the third quarter before Atholton mounted a comeback. The Raiders went on a 10-0 run and pulled within eight points, 68-60, with 2: 32 to play.

But leading Atholton scorer Brian Boykins (22 points, eight rebounds) fouled out with 2: 11 left, and despite some hot shooting by Angel Cotto (16 points), the Raiders could pull no closer.

"We've been digging a hole and trying to climb out, and you can't do that against a very good team like Glenelg that can shoot, run, and play defense," said Atholton coach Jim Albert.

Atholton shot just 37 percent (21-for-57) from the floor. The Raiders climbed back within striking distance by pressuring Glenelg into nine third-quarter turnovers, out of 19 for the game.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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