When his best player, junior forward Kai Locksley, picked up his second foul less than two minutes into the second quarter against Archbishop Spalding Monday night, Gilman boys basketball coach Owen Daly made the only move he felt he could.
He put Locksley on the bench for about five minutes.
The Cavaliers took advantage, turning a two-point advantage into a 12-point lead and the closest Gilman could come was eight points in a 69-61 loss in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.
Locksley finished with 23 points and five rebounds.
Junior forward Charles Meiklejon led Spalding with 20 points. Teammate Jourdan Grant, a senior guard, had 16 points and junior guard Gary Jefferson contributed 15.
"They have some guys that can really shoot from the perimeter," said Daly, whose Greyhounds are playing in the A Conference for the first time this season. "Guys like Grant and Jefferson."
Daly hoped to take advantage of a tired Spalding team since the Cavaliers lost in overtime to Calvert Hall, 67-66, Sunday, and had a basketball camp earlier in the day Monday.
And the Greyhounds did for a little while.
Gilman (4-6 overall, 3-3 league) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first 3:25 as Locksley and Everett Winchester scored four points apiece during that stretch.
But Spalding (5-6, 3-3) trimmed the deficit to 14-13 by closing the quarter on an 11-6.
The Cavaliers took control in the second quarter, going on a 26-9 scoring spurge in the period.
Spalding boosted its lead to 45-30 in the middle of the third quarter and led by as many as 17 points early in the final quarter.
"I thought this was one of our better games this season as far as moving the ball, shot selection and defense," Spalding coach Derrick Lewis said. "I was worried about them being tired. We had a basketball camp at Spalding today. Once we got our legs under us a little bit, we were able to get a lead and hold on to it."
Tyler Foster (15 points), William McBride (7), Douglas Cooper (5), Winchester (5), Cory Watson (3), Donald Duncan (3) also scored for Gilman.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun