"I knew before the game I would probably break it, but I didn't focus on it. We were focused on winning the game. At first, with the loss, it was kind of like not really accomplishing anything because our goal was to win a state title, but I went on to appreciate it."

Gavin was the team's primary inside threat in his first two years, playing alongside Ryan, and he was the only other South Carroll player to score in double digits in the loss, finishing with 12 points.

Fittingly, in the two years the brothers played together, they combined to score 1,504 points (Ryan with 1,018 and Gavin with 486) — the same total as Ryan's career mark.


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Goff wasn't sure what to expect last season after Ryan's departure, but he knew he would move Gavin to the featured wing position with hopes he could take over the lead role.

Gavin, who worked hard on his perimeter game during the summer, didn't disappoint.

He comfortably handled the responsibility of being the go-to player, and the increased defensive attention that came with it, to lead the Cavaliers to another county championship and a return trip to the state tournament. In addition to the consistent scoring, he averaged 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocked shots, 1.5 assists and 1.2 steals with nine double doubles in the team's 21-5 season.

And, as he did with Ryan, Goff sat Gavin as soon as a game was well in hand.

"Two years ago when we had Ryan and Gavin, I expected us to win and expected us to get to Comcast," Goff said. "Last year, I wasn't so sure. I wasn't sure how we were going to fit, and how Gavin was going to adjust to the wing and being the main guy that teams would put one or two players on. He handled it a lot better than I expected and made the adjustments a lot quicker, which is why we won so many games."

So, just how do you defend an athletic 6-6 player such as Gavin who has developed do-it-all skills that create nightmarish mismatches?

"It's tough," Westminster coach Steve Byrnes said. "When he's out on the wing, you can't put a post player on him defensively because he'll dribble right past them, and if you put a smaller player on him, he'll post up. He can drive and finish, he can post you up and, especially at his size, he's one of the best to come off a screen and hit a shot. It's just tough."

With 17 regular-season contests and one guaranteed playoff game remaining, Gavin would have to average more than 24 points per game to surpass his brother's mark. So he'll likely need the Cavaliers to make another strong playoff run to have more games — and opportunities — to pass his brother.

When asked about the goals he has for his senior season, Gavin talked about winning another county championship and making another playoff push to return to Comcast Center. It's only when he's specifically asked about the chance of becoming Carroll County's all-time leading scorer that he talks about it.

As for the brothers, only a couple of times have they talked about the possibility of Gavin's passing Ryan.

"He's not aiming for it, but I think it would be something he would like to have," Ryan said. "If he can do it, and it would be us two as the top scorers in the county, all-time, that would say a lot for the family. I'm not going to like it, but, at the same time, I would be happy for him."

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