Chapelgate keeps boys basketball playoff hopes alive with win over St. Paul's

With its back against the wall, Chapelgate's boys basketball team delivered a performance to remember on senior night.

Building on a victory over Curley two days earlier, the Yellowjackets started fast and never slowed down Wednesday en route to a convincing 65-46 victory over St. Paul’s that keeps them alive in the chase for this year’s Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs.

Chapelgate (6-10, 12-14) is competing with two other teams, Friends and St. Mary’s, for the sixth and final spot in the postseason and knew its matchup with St. Paul’s was basically a must-win game.

“Our motto right now is, ‘Let’s start a one-game win streak every time we play.’ We’ve got them momentum and now we’ve just got to keep it going,” said Chapelgate coach Frick Frierson, whose team has two league games left in the regular season. “The pressure to win is keeping us motivated and moving forward.”

Terrell Willis (19 points) and Chris Grandy (17) led the charge for the Yellowjackets on a night where they honored six seniors playing in their last home game. Chika Obi scored six points to lead that senior group.

After losing the first meeting against St. Paul’s earlier this winter, Chapelgate made a point of getting itself started on the right foot this time around. The Yellowjackets opened up a 15-9 advantage after the first quarter and pushed the lead up to as many as 20 points, 31-11, in the second.

By halftime, Chapelgate was ahead 38-17. The team’s offense was really clicking, according to Frierson.

“We shot well tonight and that carried us,” he said. “When you’re making shots that tends to make everything else look good too.”

The Yellowjackets, which also got 12 points from Matt Frierson and nine from Malik Grandy, never led by fewer than 14 points in the second half.

Chapelgate now has road games against Pallotti (12-4, 19-6) on Friday and St. Mary’s (6-10, 9-12) on Monday to close out the regular season. Winning both of those games doesn’t guarantee a spot in the playoffs, but would certainly help in the quest to catch Friends (7-11, 8-16), which currently occupies that sixth spot.

“We’re trying to ignore all the scenarios and just control what we can control,” Frierson said. “At this point, that’s all we can do.”

Chapelgate 65, St. Paul’s 46

Ch (6-10, 12-14): M. Frierson 12, M. Grandy 9, C. Grandy 17, Willis 19, Obi 6, Rivera 2.

SP (10-8, 12-13): Bare 11, Thompson 6, Tucker 8, Wilson 11, Williams 6, Brown 1, Hefner 2, Buttorazzi 1.

Half: 38-17 Ch.

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