Gerstell coach Ben Thompson talk about his team's win over Indian Creek.
FINKSBURG — No basketball team should play this well after having a game less than 24 hours earlier.
That thought was perhaps on the minds of every player and coach on the undefeated Indian Creek Eagles on Saturday as it watched Gerstell perform at high level in a 55-51 victory in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game.
The Falcons opened the game with an 11-0 run and led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter on Indian Creek (15-1, 10-1 MIAA B) before hold on to extend their winning streak to 10 games.
“We responded really well after having to come back and play the next afternoon,” said Gerstell coach Ben Thompson, whose team beat Winters Mill 76-63 on Friday night. “I would say it was one of our best games from start to finish. Our effort we put together was very consistent.”
Gerstell (12-8, 8-1) received balanced scoring and had three players in double figures: Khyle Washington (13 points, five rebounds), Anthony Carpenter (11 points, six rebounds) and Brad Witt (10 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks).
Malik McKinney led Indian Creek — which also played Friday night — with 20 points, and teammate Khiyon Washington added 18.
The Falcons looked like they were going to cruise to the win.
Gerstell led 53-42 after Ahmad Harrison sank a pair of free throws, but Indian Creek went on a 5-1 run over the next 26 seconds to trim the advantage to 54-47 as Washington scored five straight points.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 55-49 on McKinney’s layup with 17 seconds left and after a Gerstell turnover, Washington made another layup five seconds later to slice the lead to four points.
Gerstell committed another turnover, but Washington’s 3-point shot right before the buzzer was off the mark.
“We have had a hell of a season so far,” Indian Creek coach Josh Pratt said. “But you can’t spot a good team like them an 11-0 run to start the game and we didn’t shoot the ball particularly well [32 percent].”
Gerstell shot well to start the game and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 5:05 as Indian Creek missed three shots and committed three turnovers during that stretch.
That forced Pratt to call a timeout, but it didn’t help. The Falcons boosted their lead to 11-0 with 1:46 remaining.
Indian Creek missed its first 10 shots before Ian Green sank a pair of free throws.
Gerstell extended the advantage to 14-5 early in the first minute of the second quarter when Brad Witt converted a 3-point play. But the Eagles used a 5-0 run to close to 14-11 with 5:55 to go.