Gilman's offense finally found itself in the Sherm Bristow Holiday Basketball Tournament, helping to garner successive wins over Loch Raven High, 68-39, on Thursday and Glenelg High, 74-57, on Friday at the Finney Athletic Center in Roland Park.
In Friday evening's final against Glenelg, The Greyhounds (5-10) went on a 32-11 run from the middle of the opening quarter to halftime to take a commanding 47-24 advantage.
They were never threatened thereafter on the way to their seventh Bristow title since 1997.
Gilman senior shooting guard Ben Grace was named the tournament's MVP after pouring in 20 points in each triumph, despite being outscored by sophomore wing Kai Locksley, who totaled 12 points in the opener and added 32 in the finale.
Overall, better shooting by the Greyhounds has Gilman coach Owen Daly optimistic about his team's chances to make a playoff run in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference this winter.
"I think it's just multi-sport athletes starting to get their legs under them," he said. "They played really well against Loch Raven and they are starting to get more confident. A lot of it is about confidence."
After the Gladiators crawled to within 15-13 midway through the first quarter on back-to-back baskets by senior forward Matt Livak and sophomore guard Nick Oates, Gilman senior forward Matt Tilley started the Greyhounds' run with a baseline jumper followed by a Grace runner.
Junior forward Zach Haussler answered for Glenelg before Locksley knocked down consecutive shots, William McBride converted a free throw and Grace fed junior forward Cory Watson for his only bucket of the game.
By the time Livak's pair from the line stopped the bleeding, Gilman led, 31-18. When Locksley and McBride each rippled the net again, the lead had bloomed to 35-18 and the rout was well underway.
Locksley was named to the All-Tournament team with Loch Raven senior guard Elliot Wiley, Coppin Academy senior forward Karon Moody and Glenelg's Livak and senior guard Colin Randle, who led the Gladiators with 17 points against Gilman.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun