Glenelg holds off Hebron for 53-49 win

Hollrah leads with 12 as Glads end 5-game slide

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January 11, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Glenelg knew two things coming into last night's game with Mount Hebron: It didn't have a player as skilled as Vikings 6-foot-6 forward Eric Tobak, but the way to win and snap its five-game losing streak, was to patiently distribute the ball and get contributions from everyone.

Turns out the Gladiators were right on both counts. They had three players score in double figures, and held off a last-second rally to beat the host Vikings, 53-49, despite a 25-point, 14-rebound effort by Tobak, who had a chance to tie the game with seven seconds left, but lost the ball out of bounds.

"We took more of an approach that we tried to win the game instead of trying not to lose the game," said forward Brian Hollrah, who led Glenelg (4-6) with 12 points. "We were more aggressive, which helped a lot."

Aggressiveness certainly helped Glenelg All-County forward Chris Bowen, who shook off a slow first quarter to score 10 points, most of them on pull-up jumpers after a hard drive into the lane. However, more importantly was his play on defense, where he snagged four steals and stuck to Tobak on the game's most crucial possession, forcing a turnover that sealed the game.

"I think [Tobak] was surprised we put Bowen on him at the end," said Glenelg guard J.J. Marchany, who hit three three-pointers, and along with Hollrah, carried the Gladiators through several key stretches. "I think this gets us started in the county race. We're still in the race, I think."

The two evenly-matched teams traded blows in the first half, as the Vikings (4-7) took a 14-11 lead in the first quarter, highlighted by a monster dunk by Tobak.

But Glenelg patiently found the small holes in Mount Hebron's zone defense, and stormed back for a 32-25 halftime advantage behind two deep three-pointers from Marchany and two offensive put-backs by Hollrah.

"I thought our effort was very good in the second half," said Vikings coach John Aquila. "We didn't panic and had three good chances to win in the final two minutes."

But the Gladiators got key baskets by Mike Darling and Marchany. It was Glenelg's first win at Mount Hebron in four years.

"We feel like after a tough stretch, we're in a good place right now," said Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder. "We've played some tough teams [lately], but we went back to basics and beat a good team tonight."

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