Following a couple weeks of cold shooting, Glenelg finally found its stroke.
Against Wilde Lake in the final game before winter break, the Gladiators hit nine threes and pulled away in the second half for an 80-60 victory that halted the team’s four-game losing skid.
“For us it comes down to making shots because that’s what opens everything else up for us offensively,” Glenelg coach Jansen McMillan said. “The frustrating thing is we have been getting good looks all season — tonight we just finally started knocking them down.”
In the win, Glenelg (2-4, 3-4) featured an extremely balanced attack with six guys totaling nine points or more. Matt Hammert led the way with 16 points, followed by Zack Haussler (13 points), Nick Oates (13), Dom Napolitano (12) Daine Van de Wall (11) and Bryce Helensky (9).
Devon Groves (20 points) and Khari Jackson (15) led the way for Wilde Lake (0-6, 0-6), which is still searching for its first win of the winter.
For much of the first half the Wildecats went toe-to-toe with Glenelg. The Wildecats trailed by just two points after the first quarter and took a one-point lead, 23-22, with 5:15 remaining in the second following a three-point play by Jackson.
But Glenelg built some momentum going into halftime, taking a 37-33 lead at the break, and then really broke things open in the third quarter.
With the score 41-37 two minutes into the period, Glenelg rattled off a 14-2 run on the strength of four 3-point shots — three of them coming courtesy of Hammert.
“We started getting baskets off the drive and that opened up shots for me and all the guys,” Hammert said. “And once a couple shots go in, it’s like everybody starts making them.”
Wilde Lake tried to close the gap, getting to within nine points early in the fourth quarter. However, Glenelg answered with another extended run to officially put the game out of reach.
A 16-2 Gladiator surge put Wilde Lake behind by 23 points, which was its largest deficit of the night.
“It felt great to finally get one,” Hammert said. “We played as a team finally and, that’s the thing, we showed what we can do when we play together.”
Glenelg 80, Wilde Lake 60
G (2-4, 3-4): Hammert 16, Haussler 13, Oates 13, Napolitano 12, Van de Wall 11, Helensky 9, Morgan 5, Richardson 1.
WL (0-6, 0-6): Groves 20, K. Jackson 15, D. Jackson 8, Lamptey 7, Kamara 6, Bowie 2, Evans 2.
Half: 37-33 G.
Chapelgate 53, Annapolis Area Christian 34
Ch (2-1 MIAA B, 6-5): Willis 18, Frierson 6, C. Grandy 19, Morant 4, Hardin 2, Fitzgerald 4.
AAC: Vina 8, Mcrae 2, Foley 6, Eberle 6, Hogan 6, Bowman 6.
Half: 19-14 CCA.