A strong third quarter helped Mount St. Joseph pull away from Gilman for a 70-44 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association non-conference battle Monday night in Roland Park.
The Gaels (3-1), who fell to B Conference power St. Vincent Pallotti, 79-73, last week, turned a 31-20 halftime advantage over the Greyhounds (1-2) into a 56-25 romp entering the fourth quarter.
Gilman had no chance of overcoming a deficit of that magnitude in the final eight minutes.
"I think we kind of wore them down a little bit," Mt. St. Joe coach Pat Clatchey said. "We tightened up the defense and got some transition baskets."
The Gaels opened the third period when senior guard Charlie Jones' offensive rebound led to any easy score for junior forward Kyle Doran.
A slam dunk on a breakaway by junior guard Phil Booth came before Gilman's Cory Watson scored at the other end by splitting two defenders. A follow by St. Joe senior Kameron Williams and two Booth free throws sandwiched around a single foul shot by Gilman's Kai Locksley and successive three-pointers by Jones and Booth continued what turned out to be a game-clinching 25-5 St. Joe run.
"We have a lot of guys growing into new roles," Gilman coach Owen Daly said. "I love that we competed, but we've got to get some better depth. We have to get into basketball shape. I think the guys got tired."
Trailing, 19-11, after the first period, Gilman rallied to close the second quarter on a jumper by senior Matt Tilley and a baseline jumper and free throw by William McBride.
"Coach Clatchey said that he only has one guy who plays another sport," Daly said. "All of our guys play other sports. That's a big difference, but we're thankful St. Joe came here to play us."
Williams led the Gaels with 20 points while junior guard Jaylen Adams added 13 and Jones pitched in with 11.
Ben Grace topped Gilman with 14 points, three more than Locksley.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun