In a rare late-season public against private Howard County showdown, Chapelgate took advantage of some inspired play down the stretch from sophomore Jason Murphy en route to an overtime victory over Atholton on Monday night.
The Yellowjackets’ center scored four of his game-high 20 points in the extra period, including what turned out to be the game-winning basket, on the way to helping earn a 58-56 win. For a Chapelgate team that came in having lost three straight games by four points or less, it was a big step forward according to coach Frick Frierson.
“This means a lot to us because Atholton is a really good program and we don’t get many opportunities to play these kind of in-county games, so to pull one out like we did tonight is big,” Frierson said. “I thought we actually came out flat in the first half, but we picked up the intensity in the second half to force overtime and then we finally got over that hump in a close game. It’s kind of been a trial by fire for us, getting in these late-game situations and having to figure out how to finish.
“Tonight we showed some maturity, proving that we’ve learned from those previous situations.”
Atholton (6-12 overall), which was led by Skyler Rankin’s 15 points, had set the tone early behind some hot outside shooting. The Raiders hit six 3-pointers in the opening half, establishing a lead as large as 11 points on two different occasions.
At the half, Atholton held a 30-22 lead on Chapelgate (11-16).
But the Yellowjackets began chipping away in the third quarter, with Jalen Morant (15 points) hearting up from beyond the arc and Murphy establishing himself inside.
By the end of the period, following a floater in the lane by Morant, Chapelgate had tied the game for the first time since the opening minute.
The fourth quarter saw the two teams exchange blows, with Atholton going ahead by seven before Chapelgate answered to take their own lead with a minute left in regulation. Murphy again was a key, going a perfect 4-4 from the foul line in the final minutes and also converting a layup.
“In the first half, I felt like I was acting a little soft … but I just second half came out going up strong and crashing the boards,” Murphy said. “I went right to the basket and was able to finish down the stretch.”
Atholton did answer with a pair of foul shots from Nick Perlin to tie the game in the final seconds and force overtime.
Then in the extra period, after Chapelgate grabbed the lead, Atholton had several looks in the final seconds to tie or take the lead. Ultimately, however, Murphy came up with a big block and Cliff McEachin delivered a late steal to seal the victory.
The loss is the fourth overall in the last five games for Atholton.
Chapelgate 58, Atholton 56
CCA (11-16): Murphy 20, Morant 15, McCray 10, McEachin 6, Wise 3, Tringali 2, Dickerson 2.
A (6-12): Rankin 15, J. Parkins 12, Waterworth 10, Perlin 8, Washington 6, Silverstein 3, Sanghavi 2.
Half: 30-22 A.
Wilde Lake 71, Manchester Valley 51
Trea Keys scored a team-high 20 points and the Wildecats cruised to the non-county victory. Marquis Bullett also added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
WL (11-7): Keys 20, Joseph 16, Bullett 13, Greene 8, David 6, Raymond 4, Moore 2, Van Tassell 2.
MV: Schene 20, Shipley 14, Breeden 7, Johnson 4, Kirby 3, Gerber 3.
Half: 36-26 WL.
Glenelg Country 57, Boys Latin
Jalen Gabbidon led the way with 15 points, as the Dragons built a huge lead at the half, 33-16, and then held on down the stretch for the victory.
GC (17-7): Gabbidon 15, Longpre 10, Burnett 9, Paar 7, Wilson 6, Eutaful 4, Owen 4, Hornatto 2.
BL: Watts 14, Andrews 13, Walsh 8, Murray 5, Bradsher 5, Lewis 2, Spencer 2.
Half: 33-16 GC.