Chapelgate's Matthew Frierson went from being a non-factor to the key reason his boys basketball team defeated Boys' Latin Wednesday night.
Frierson scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half, including a three-pointer with 14 seconds remaining to lift the Yellowjackets to a 77-74 victory over the visiting Lakers in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.
The 6-foot-1 shooting guard finished with five of Chapelgate's season-high 13 three-pointers.
"I thought we defended him pretty well," Boys' Latin coach Cliff Rees said of Frierson, who led Howard County with 58 three-pointers last year. "My kids certainly worked hard to deny him the ball. He just started draining shots, and he made some tough shots."
Frierson got some help from his teammates. Senior guard Terrell Willis led the Yellowjackets with 22 points and junior guard Malik Grandy added 14 points and six assists.
Willis had four treys as the winners hit 13-for-25 overall.
"Matt and Terrell have the green light shooting threes," Chapelgate coach Frick Frierson said. "They are suppose to practice good judgment, but both of those guys shoot a lot of threes."
The Lakers' go-to player was 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Kodye Pugh, a transfer from Archbishop Spalding.
He totaled 28 points and helped Boys' Latin build a 33-23 lead in the middle of the second quarter.
The Yellowjackets (10-6 overall, 4-1 league) trimmed the margin to 37-32 at halftime.
Boys' Latin pushed its advantage to 41-32 in the first minute of the third quarter on a Pugh jumper, but Chapelgate put together an eight-point run to tie it at 41 with 5:48 remaining.
Matthew Frierson started to get hot in the middle of the third quarter. He scored 12 of his team's 16 points for a Chapelgate 58-54 lead.
The Yellowjackets had their biggest lead, 74-68, when Willis launched a three-point basket with 2:22 left.
But Boys' Latin (10-6, 2-3) rallied over the next 1:32 to tie the game at 74 on three straight layups, including two by Pugh.
After Frierson's three-pointer moved Chapelgate in front, 77-74, the Lakers had one last chance to tie it.
Yet Blair Brooks' three-point attempt went off the front of the rim with two seconds remaining.
"I was sitting there debating whether to call a timeout and try set up a play," said Rees, whose team shot 46 percent (26-for-56) from the field. "I just felt we were going to get a better look coming out in transition."
Brooks finished with 16 points and five assists, his cousin Jordan contributed 14 points and nine rebounds and Patrick Spencer added 14 points. Devin Shewell had two points.
Chris Grandy (8 points), Cullen Hardin (6), Chris Fitzgerald (4) and John Morant (2) accounted for the remainder of the Yellowjackets' scoring.