Short-handed Glenelg boys basketball rolls past Atholton

Oates, Hammert lead Glenelg boys basketball past Atholton for fourth straight victory

Playing shorthanded is nothing new at this point for the Glenelg boys basketball team, which has suffered through significant bouts with illness and injuries from Day 1 this winter.

But, as they showcased on Friday against Atholton, the Gladiators are learning to thrive in the face off adversity.

Behind 18 points apiece from Matt Hammert and Nick Oates, Glenelg (3-5, 5-5) battled through the absence of an injured Dom Napolitano (10.3 ppg) to defeat visiting Atholton 47-33 (3-5, 5-5) for the team’s fourth straight victory overall.

“It’s great because we have a lot of people stepping up really above what maybe was expected of them before the season,” said Hammert, who hit six threes on the night against the Raiders. “Nick and I as leaders know we have to do our part, but the rest of the guys are huge as well. Having Dom and Daine (Van de Wall) out right now obviously hurts us, but we’re showing we are still a good team without them.”

Hammert set the tone early on against the Raiders, as he hit four shots from beyond the arc in the opening 11 minutes. It was following his three with 5:07 remaining in the first half that Glenelg opened up its largest lead of the night, 25-8.

Hammert, who also hit a buzzer-beating shot from half court at the end of the first quarter, said he was in the zone.

“Coach says the entire team has to be aware of who’s hot … so if I, or anyone else, hits two in a row you just keep feeding them until they miss,” Hammert said. “So in that first half, I was feeling it and my teammates were looking to get me the ball.”

Oates, who scored eight of Glenelg’s final 12 points to help seal the win, said he fed off Hammert’s start.

“It’s definitely contagious. Once I see Matt hit one, I feel like I can hit one and then I give it back to him or Garrett (Mills) or anybody,” Oates said. “We can all knock down shots and we’re known as a 3-point shooting team.”

Atholton, which was led by Brandon Willis’ 14 points, made a push at the end of the first half to get back within single digits. But over the final two quarters, the Raiders never got closer than seven points.

Aside from its top two, Glenelg also got a strong effort from Brent Richardson (7 points) in the win.

Glenelg 47, Atholton 33

G (3-5, 5-5): Oates 18, Hammert 18, Richardson 7, Conners 4.

A (3-5. 5-5): Willis 14, Rodgers 8, Carter 5, Mason 4, Roman 2.

Half: 29-21 G.

Other scores:

Oakland Mills 79, Reservoir 61 (SEE FULL STORY AND VIDEO HERE)

OM (6-1, 8-2): Robinson 23, Ndiaye 18, Kiely 17, Williams-Day 11, Stanfield 4, Hopkins 2, Harris 2, Aaron 2.

Re (5-3, 6-5): Henry 20, Obering 11, Mierzwa 10, Maloney 6, Phillips 5, G. Garcia 5, J. Garcia 4.

Half: 47-31 OM.

Hammond 53, Wilde Lake 50

Ha (1-7, 2-9): Wilcher 13, Johnson 10, White 10, Whong 8, Ridgell 8, Nicholas 2, J. Thomas 2.

WL (1-7, 2-8): Cantwell 17, Ichrist 10, De LaRosa 9, Jordan 9, Lamptey 3, Bowie 2.

River Hill 73, Howard 60

RH (4-4, 7-4): Thomas 32, Sandler 19, Borucki 6, Martin 6, Gabel 4, DiSimone 2, Mentle 2, Robinson 2.

Ho (3-5, 4-6): Greene 16, Shuart 14, O’Malley 11, Dawkins 9, Noble 8, Savage 2.

Half: 34-22 RH.

Centennial 84, Marriotts Ridge 62

C (8-0, 10-1): I. White 29, Strothers 18, Brown 16, Clemens 10, Wilson 6, Merkey 3, An 2.

MR (3-4, 4-6): Clipp 21, Caffes 19, Whitacre 5, Koller 4, Speelman 4, Maroth 3, Talentino 3, Ingersoll 2, Costa 1.

Half: 41-37 C.

Mt. Hebron 55, Long Reach 50

MH: M. Smith 22, A. Smith 15, Trapuzzano 7, Schroder 6, Madden 3, Maloney 2.

LR: Carter 11, Lamar 11, Avery 8, Duckett 7, Clark 6, Statamatides 4, Brodnax 3.

Half: 27-18 MH.

Chapelgate 68, St. John’s 62

CCA (4-3, 9-9): Frierson 22, Grandy 15, Mitchell 11, Madden 9, Hughes 6, Ball 5.

SJ: Gairey 20, Boyd 18, Austin 11, Belmeas 4, Balcerek 4, Small 3, Campbell 2.

Half: 33-31 SJ.

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