South Carroll got a layup from Tyler Alcid with 9.1 seconds left to rally from a 10-point deficit at halftime and defeat Westminster, 36-35, in an early-season Carroll County game.
The Cavaliers (3-1, 2-1) were paced by Gavin McTavish's 13 points. Devan Curet led Westminster (5-1, 4-1) with nine points.
"We didn't play well, so it's hard to be that happy with the effort," South Carroll coach Doug Goff said. "I am proud of my guys, though. We rallied and we played a lot better in the second half."
The Owls turned up the defensive intensity late in the second quarter. In a 2:40 span, Westminster outscore the Cavaliers 9-0 to take a 23-11 lead. After two late free throws by South Carroll's Logan Cook, the Cavaliers trailed 23-13 at the break.
South Carroll came out in the second half to score eight of the first 10 points to cut the lead to 25-21 with 3:07 left in the third quarter. Westminster would extend the lead to 31-26. on two Zach Mead free throws with 7:45 left, but South Carroll would not go away.
The Cavaliers took their first lead with 2:54 left, on a McTavish jumper, but the Owls regained the lead with 52 seconds remaining when Darius Clifton turned a steal into an uncontested layup.
After a time out and a South Carroll miss, South Carroll's Phillip Breno picked up a loose ball in the Westminster end and found Alcid for an easy layup that turned out to be the game winner.
The Owls had one more shot as time expired, by Curet's 3-pointer bounced off the rim.
"We didn't come out with the intensity we needed to," McTavish said. "We just weren't meshing in the first half. In the second half, we came out and played South Carroll defensive basketball. We took care of the basketball a lot better in the second half, and that ended up being the difference."
For Westminster coach Steve Burns, the night was a lost opportunity for his Owls.
"We'll start over again in practice," Burns said. "We came out in the second half and turned the ball over on three straight trips. That let them back in the ball game. It was a back and forth game, but we didn't execute. In the end, we just didn't finish."
South Carroll 36, Westminster 35
SOUTH CARROLL – Alcid 8, Stup 3, Cook 2, Quinn 4, Dee 2, McTavish 13, Breno 4. Totals: 13 10-15 36.
WESTMINSTER – Meads 6, Clifton 2, Luley 4, Curet 9, Myers 6, Gomes 2, Ellison 6. 15 3-8 35. Half: W, 23-13.
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