The games between Gilman and Boys' Latin weren't close last year as the Greyhounds won handily twice. Things have been different this winter.
Gilman topped the Lakers by seven points on Dec. 20 and Tuesday night, the visiting Greyhounds had an even closer game, eking out a 51-47 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.
Gilman (16-5 overall, 13-1 league) sank six of seven free throws in the final 31 seconds to prevail with junior guard Ben Grace making five of them.
Forward Ryan Ripken led Gilman with 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Grace chipped in 14 points. Heacock paced the Lakers with 16 points and teammate Casey Rees added 14.
The Greyhounds led by as many as 10 points in the first half and 39-32 after three quarters.
But Boys' Latin (11-10, 8-7) picked up its play in the fourth quarter and trimmed the advantage to 41-40 with 4:17 remaining on a Heacock basket.
The Lakers, however, went scoreless for more than three minutes as they missed six consecutive shots.
"We rushed a couple of shots and were not as quite as patient as we wanted to be," Boys' Latin coach Cliff Rees said. "But we did a lot of things really well tonight. There are going to be nights where the shots aren't going to fall. When you are playing a team like Gilman, you have to be darn near perfect."
Gilman proved to be the better team in the final minute.
The Greyhounds pushed their lead to 49-44 with 17.7 seconds left on a pair of Grace free throws before Matt Rees hit a three pointer nine seconds later.
Grace hit two more free throws to finish the scoring.
"It's really important that you maintain your composure and poise down the stretch and there were times when we lost it earlier in the fourth quarter," Gilman coach Owen Daly said. "But we got it together and pulled it out."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun