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South Carroll junior guard Dylan Graham talks about the Cavaliers' win over Winters Mill.

South Carroll boys basketball coach Jim Carnes isn’t a big fan of his team’s slow starts, and it happened again Tuesday night against visiting Winters Mill.

The Cavaliers trailed for nearly three quarters and fell behind by as many as 11 points. But Carnes loves the fantastic finishes.

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South Carroll used a strong fourth quarter en route to a 60-50 victory over the Falcons.

“We have been coming back all year,” said Carnes, whose team outscored Winters Mill 19-9 in the final quarter. “They don’t get frustrated. They just play hard and with intensity.”

Junior guard Dylan Graham sparked the Cavaliers’ rally. He finished with 19 points, which tied a season high, including 15 in the second half. The rally ensured a fifth win in seven games for South Carroll (8-7, 5-2 county).

Cody Parks (15 points), Kollin Pavlik (11), and Matt Gamble (10) also scored in double figures for the winners.

“He is our leader and general,” Carnes said of Graham. “He controls things offensively.”

Sophomore guard Chandler Gentzel led Winters Mill (1-11, 0-8) with 21 points and teammate Terren McDonald had 12.

Alex Barnes of Winters Mill made a layup to start the third quarter to give his team a 29-19 lead and midway through the period the Falcons held a 39-28 when Gentzel sank a 3-pointer.

But Graham sparked a 13-2 run with seven points to make it 41-41 at the end of the period 

The Cavaliers’ momentum carried over into the final quarter. They opened the period with a 14-2 run to take control. Gamble had six points during that span.

Winters Mill closed to 57-47 with 2:22 remaining before the hosts went ahead by as many as 13 points. The Falcons shot 22 percent (2-for-9) from the field in the final period.

“Our offensive execution wasn’t what we wanted in the fourth quarter,” said Winters Mill coach Devon Lesniak, who team suffered its 11th consecutive loss.

Things were different in the first half.

After South Carroll senior forward Josh Kaye made a layup 38 seconds into play, Winters Mill went on a 10-0 run. Devin Callahan and Gentzel highlighted it each with 3 pointers.

South Carroll answered with a 7-0 run, however, which Parks finished with a 3-pointer of his own.

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The Falcons hung in and ended the period with a 6-2 spurt to go ahead 16-11.

Winters Mill continued to play well to start the second quarter and began with a 7-2 run in the first 2:30 to give the Falcons a 23-13 lead. Gentzel had four points during that sequence.

That forced Carnes to call a timeout.  

It didn’t help much to chip into the Falcons’ lead. They held a 27-19 advantage at the break.

Gentzel had 11 first-half points.

“In the first half, we rushed some shots,” Graham said. “We took a lot better shots in the second half and got settled in. We knew we could win the game. We have had a lot of slow starts, but we have come back a lot.”

South Carroll (60): Cody Parks 15, Dylan Graham 19, Josh Kaye 2, Matt Gamble 10, Kollin Pavlik 11, Mason Gavin 3.

Winters Mill (50): Terren McDonald 12, Chandler Gentzel 21, Alex Barnes 6, Devin Callahan 3, Brayden Dease 4, Matt Baile 2, Cole Sabad 2.

JV result: WM won.

Halftime: Winters Mill, 27-19

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