Gerstell junior Khyle Washington talks about his team's win over Manchester Valley. (Tom Worgo/Carroll County Times)
The Gerstell Academy boys basketball team took its chances against another Carroll County public school team Tuesday night.
Another county team was beaten.
The Falcons defeated host Manchester Valley, 75-53, as nine Falcons made the scoring column.
Gerstell has also beaten Century and Winters Mill while losing to South Carroll. The Falcons (9-8), who compete in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's "B" Conference, play their last county opponent when they host Westminster on Feb. 11.
"It means a lot," Gerstell junior combo guard Khyle Washington said of the win over Man Valley (6-7). "It's bragging rights. There's a lot of trash-talking that goes on in the county. We didn't get a lot of respect when we starting playing county teams last year."
Washington scored a game-high 20 points and added three assists. He started in place of Tyler Tillery, who missed the game because of the flu.
"He was incredible," Gerstell coach Ben Thompson said. "He is usually our sixth man, but we thought it would be a good opportunity to get in there and give us a jolt. He gave us energy from the start of the game."
Gerstell also received solid performances from junior Brad Witt (15 points, five rebounds) and junior guard Colin Rimel (16 points). Washington, Witt, and Rimel didn't have to play much in the final quarter because the Falcons were in control. Thompson emptied his bench.
Gerstell led by double digits by for than half the game and took a 58-41 lead into the final quarter.
"It's one of the few times we have been able to put together a complete game," Thompson said.
Gerstell jumped put to a 16-5 lead in the first 4:21 as Washington, Will Reed and Rimel all hit 3-pointers. That run prompted Manchester Valley coach Bernie Koontz to call a timeout to try and slow down the visitors' momentum.
Soon after that, the Mavericks —paced by junior guard Bo Schene's 16 points — went on a 6-2 run to trim the advantage to 19-11. Gerstell led 21-13 at the break.
Gerstell opened a double-digit lead for the first time when Witt made a layup 18 seconds into the period to put his team ahead 23-13.
Less than a minute later, Washington scored on a put back for a 25-16 lead, but the Falcons committed three straight turnovers.
That poor stretch allowed Manchester Valley to slice the margin to 25-20. But Gerstell pushed the lead to 32-22 on Anthony Carpenter's 3-pointer with 2:45 remaining.
Gerstell held a 39-25 advantage at halftime. Washington had 10 first-half points and Schene has nine points for the Mavericks, who went 11-for-24 from the field in the first half.
Manchester Valley opened the second half on a 4-0 run in the first 56 seconds to cut the deficit to 39-29. Gerstell, however, boosted the lead to 51-36 with 2:50 left in the third quarter on a pair of Carpenter free throws.
"Defensively, we didn't play our best game," said Koontz, who saw Gerstell shoot 55 percent (26-for-47) from the field.
Manchester Valley (53): Bo Schene 16, Tyler Jones 9, Dayne Koontz 7, Damian Luddy 5, John Stout 2, Dylan Bowen 4, Chris Joyce 2, Brandon Kirby 1, Dan Johnston 5, Jake Griffith 2.
Gerstell (75): Khyle Washington 20, Anthony Carpenter 5, Brad Witt 15, Colin Rimel 16, Will Reed 9, Blake Bissen 2, Max Friedman 2, Taylor Hodges 4, Tyrin Hawkins 2.