McDonogh finds range vs. Gilman

No. 8 Eagles' 3-pointers beat No. 15 'Hounds, 69-50

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January 17, 2002|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Tough to say which looked bigger to McDonogh last night: Was it the basket or the ear-to-ear grin on the face of every Eagles three-point shooter?

To be certain, the two were directly related.

With host Gilman content to play a box-and-one defense on Eagles forward Jaz Cowan, No. 8 McDonogh lit things up from the outside with eight three-pointers in a 69-50 win over the No. 15 Greyhounds.

"If teams are going to play that defense against us, we have to be able to shoot the ball," said McDonogh guard Louis Hutt (16 points). "It's the only way you're going to win. It was kind of nice to show people if they want to collapse down on Jaz, we're going to hit those shots."

The Greyhounds (14-6) staked an early claim to the paint thanks to 6-foot-5 Victor Abiamiri and 6-foot-6 Luke Wilson. The Eagles (11-5) hardly minded: Five of their first six baskets came from behind the arc, and virtually none were contested. Gilman tried to keep up, but scored only seven points in the second quarter and fell behind 28-19 at halftime.

"We didn't anticipate them shooting that well," said Gilman coach Tony Jordan. "But when you've got somebody like [Cowan] inside, you've got to give up something to stop him. We didn't think they could make threes, but they did."

McDonogh didn't do Gilman any favors, either. The Eagles turned the ball over only seven times while forcing the Greyhounds into 18. Abiamiri kept things close, scoring 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter, but he also missed seven straight free throws at one point.

"Offensively, we got out of what we need to do also," Jordan said. "We weren't patient, especially near the end of the first half. That's not too good against a team that's shooting that well."

McDonogh also hit its free throws, as the rivals' rough play resulted in many fouls. The Eagles scored only two field goals in the fourth quarter, but went 19 of 21 from the line. Cowan did finish with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"We're not a great three-point shooting team, but we stepped up and hit them tonight," said McDonogh coach Matt MacMullan. "I felt good about the way we played defense, too. ... McDonogh-Gilman is always big, so it's nice to earn a victory any time."

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