Arlington Baptist upsets Chapelgate in C semi

Gilman, St. Paul's gain final in B Conference

Boys basketball

High School

February 22, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Fourth-seeded Arlington Baptist upset top-seeded Chapelgate, 75-66, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference semifinal game yesterday afternoon at Chapelgate.

Tim Booker scored 27 points and Jason Barkley added 19 to lead the Eagles, who will play Annapolis Area Christian in tomorrow's 6:15 p.m. championship at Gilman.

"Rebounding was the key for us today," Eagles coach Andrew Gosnell said. "Last week, we got beat on the boards and lost to them by six points. Today we scored off the dribble a lot and moved well without the ball."

With a seven-point first-quarter spark from leading scorer Seth Dickey, who averages 15 points and eight rebounds, league champion Chapelgate (18-6, 14-2) led throughout the first half by as many as 11 points and at halftime, 31-26. Foul trouble hampered Dickey in the last three quarters and he finished with 11 points.

Steve Evans led Chapelgate with 28 points, Steve Jestes had 12, and Zach Dow added 11.

Trailing 40-32 midway in the third quarter, Arlington Baptist used a 22-2 run to move ahead, 54-42, after three quarters. Barkley and Eric Johnson each hit a three-pointer during that run.

"This is a great rivalry and they [Arlington] played tremendous," said Chapelgate coach John Schuitt. "This was our first home loss to a league team. They shot better today, and that outside shooting opened up the driving lanes for them."

Arlington Baptist (19-10, 11-5) advanced to the C Conference finals last season before losing to Friends School.

AACS 84, Glenelg Country 75: The visiting Eagles (17-8) outscored the Dragons 20-6 in the third quarter to pull away and clinch their first-ever berth in the C Conference final.

B Conference

Gilman 81, St. Mary's 67: Senior Scott Gehring had 30 points on 12-for-24 shooting and junior Victor Abiamiri scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the host Greyhounds (21-12) defeated the Saints.

Gilman will play St. Paul's at home tomorrow at 4 p.m. The teams split two matches this season.

"They are a very good team and well-coached, but we are getting healthier. It should be a great game," said Gilman coach Tony Jordan.

Senior swingman Brooks Long added 11 points for the Greyhounds, who outscored the Saints 23-8 in the decisive second quarter.

St. Paul's 58, Boys' Latin 39: Four Crusaders scored 10 points and the host Crusaders (18-5) played a strong defensive game in earning a lopsided victory over the Lakers.

Walter Hill, Brent Hargest, Ray Brown and Holden Plack scored 10 points apiece, while guards Drew Dennis and Marcus Dent spearheaded the defensive effort, holding the Lakers' leading scorer, Patrick Mahoney, to nine points.

"We thought the key would be putting a lot of pressure on their perimeter players," said St. Paul's coach Jack MacMullan.

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