Leave it to the Gilman basketball team to rain on another team’s parade.
In this case, it was a torrential downpour.
The Greyhounds scored the game’s first 19 points, and after a letdown in the second quarter, cruised to an 85-49 victory over visiting Cristo Rey in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association nonconference game Saturday in Roland Park.
Eleven players scored for Gilman (9-9).
“More often, we have had to come from behind than play front-runners,” Greyhounds coach Owen Daly said. “As a coach, you love it when you start fast because it shows your kids are ready to go and it also gives them confidence. We just wanted to come out strong on our home floor and be together, and we were. The guys have been working hard and they deserved it.”
Cristo Rey (3-10) shot 5-for-17 from the field in the first quarter, and the Hornets found themselves behind 30-12 after one period.
“On defense, we are looking to get through screens and stop the ball,” said Cristo Rey coach Eddie Healy, whose team competes in the MIAA C Conference. “We didn’t. On offense, we just wanted to hit some shots and we just didn’t do that, either. Hopefully, we can’t clean this stuff up.”
Gilman took full advantage of Cristo Rey’s struggles, shooting 9-for-12 in the first quarter to build a 21-point lead.
The Hornets closed to within 16 points early in the second quarter, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Gilman played without leading scorer Everett Winchester, a Wright State commit who had back spasms. He and also missed Wednesday’s 56-43 loss to No. 10 Glenelg Country. He is averaging 18 points per game.
The Greyhounds, however, didn’t need him with the balanced scoring they received.
Junior combo guard Donald Duncan had a team-high 16 points, including three 3-pointers.
“He is a phenomenal athlete and has all the tools,” Daly said. “I just think he needs a little more confidence that he can be as good a player as everybody else knows he can be. Hopefully, tonight will get him there.”
Junior guard Drew Ehrlich chipped in 13 points and made three 3-pointers. Senior forward John Fitzgerald totaled 10 points and six rebounds, and sophomore point guard Brandon Madison added nine points and six assists.
Junior point guard Jakai Jones led Cristo Rey with a game-high 21 points and Terry Curry added eight points.