Two days after playing arguably its worst quarter of basketball all season, Reservoir came out and strung together four of its best.
Kyle Reilly dropped in 20 points and nine guys scored at least six points for a Gators’ squad that rolled its way to a 94-54 victory over Glenelg Monday evening. The 94 points are a program record for Reservoir (9-5, 10-6) and it came on the heels of scoring just four points in the fourth quarter of a loss to Oakland Mills.
“I think we were all a little angry … it was definitely a motivated group (tonight),” Reservoir coach Mike Coughlan said. “After what happened the other day, I think everyone wanted to get back out here and I thought our energy and effort showed that.”
Reilly, who kick started things with a lay-up just five seconds after the opening tip, also referenced the team’s extra motivation.
“We definitely wanted to make a statement and put that loss behind us,” Reilly said. “It was important for us to get back on track so we can finish out the season strong.”
Reservoir never trailed against the Gladiators (7-6, 8-8), but the game was actually relatively close for the majority of the first quarter. Following a lay-up with 23 seconds left in that opening stanza by Matt Hammert (12 points), Glenelg trailed by just four, 21-17.
However, that would be as close as things would get the rest of the way. After a couple traded baskets to start the second quarter, Josh Williams (11 points) converted a lay-up to spark what ended up as a 15-0 Reservoir run.
Reilly was particularly good during that stretch, scoring 11 of his 20 points, and he was quick to credit the team’s movement on offense in aiding his success.
“We were able to work the ball and get everyone touches, which led to easy shots,” Reilly said. “Once we got our momentum going, we didn’t slow down.”
Up 45-26 at the half, Reservoir didn’t take its foot off the accelerator after intermission. Coughlan reminded his team about its first meeting with Glenelg, a 60-58 Reservoir victory, where the Gladiators went on a 15-2 second-half run to actually take the lead in the fourth quarter.
There would be no comeback this time, though, as the Gators upped their advantage to 66-38 after the third quarter and extended things even further in the fourth. There were big games all around for Reservoir, including 10 points and 12 rebounds from Matt Christian.
“This right here is what I’ve been waiting for,” Coughlan said. “When we play like that, with that kind of effort, this can be a great team.”
Reservoir 94, Glenelg 54
Re (9-5, 10-6): Reilly 20, Williams 11, Christian 10, Simms 9, Franklin 8, Henry 7, McDonald 7, Toler 7, Boris 6, Brooks 4, O’Hagan 3, Young 2.
G (7-6, 8-8): Hammert 12, Oates 11, Van de Wall 10, Randle 7, Livak 6, Abu 4, Napolitano 3, Kittleman 1.
Half: 45-26 Re.
River Hill 63, Marriotts Ridge 60
With just over four seconds left, Walt Moody (23 points) sank two free throws to put the Hawks up three and then Marriotts Ridge’s Robert Davis (21 points) had his shot at the buzzer rim out to help River Hill escape with the win. The Hawks had to overcome a four-point deficit in the final quarter to pull out the victory.
RH (12-1, 14-2): Moody 23, Thomas 18, Sandler 10, Heitzmann 9, Titus 3.