After surprising John Carroll by 11 points two weeks ago, Gilman was hoping to boost its basketball reputation further in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference by pulling off another upset Saturday against host Archbishop Spalding.
The Greyhounds didn’t achieve their goal, but they seem to be gaining more respect.
Trailing by 17 points early in the third quarter, the visitors rallied to tie the game in the middle of the fourth quarter before Spalding dominated down the stretch en route to a 58-49 victory in Severn.
The Cavaliers (11-7 overall, 6-4 league) had four players in double figures, including junior forward Charles Meiklejohn (game-high 20 points), senior forward Malik Harris (12), senior guard Jourdan Grant (11) and junior guard Gary Jefferson (10)
Two Gilman players, freshmen Tyler Foster and Douglas Cooper, came off the bench to score 13 points apiece.
“Sometimes, when you catch up from 17 points down, you hit that wall,” said Gilman coach Owen Daly, whose team shot 36 percent (17-for-47) from the field and went scoreless for the final 3:55. “You hope it doesn’t happen, but it did for us.
“Spalding is a senior-laden team and we are a young team,” he added. “We often have three freshmen and one sophomore out there. We are learning from these experiences.”
Spalding also beat Gilman (9-12, 6-8) in late December by eight points as Greyhound 6-foot-5 forward Kai Locksley scored a game-high 23 points despite early foul trouble.
Locksley, the team’s leading scorer at 16 points per game, had the same problem again.
He fouled out with a minute remaining in the fourth quarter and finished with four points.
“He seems to get into foul trouble a lot and that was the case today,” Daly said. “So he was not able to get into the flow, but those other guys stepped up.”
Daly is referring to Foster, Cooper and freshman guard Donald Duncan.
They saw Spalding’s 20-18 halftime lead grow to 41-24 with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter after Meiklejohn sank a pair of free throws.
But the trio combined for 19 points as Gilman outscored the Cavaliers, 25-8, over the next six minutes to tie the game at 49-49.
The Greyhounds, however, failed to score the rest of the way, missing five shots and committing three turnovers.
Spalding finished on a 9-0 run, but the Cavaliers’ foul shooting left head coach Derrick Lewis frustrated. His team went 9-for-18 from the line, including 3-for-10 in the final quarter.
“I guarantee you, we will not go anywhere in the playoffs if we don’t start making the free throws,” Lewis said. “We have lost five games because of missed free throws this year.”
Everett Winchester (8 points), Andy Matthews (6), William McBride (4) and Duncan (3) also scored for Gilman.