HOWARD COUNTY, MD — Behind a season-high 26 points from senior Chase Paar and 15 from junior Jarod Robinson, Glenelg Country boys basketball ran away from John Carroll to earn a MIAA A Conference road win on Wednesday night.
“It really started on the defensive end,” Paar said after the 77-62 triumph. “We got stops and got out in transition, ran the floor really well and we got good open shots. Those were the biggest keys to tonight’s games.”
Six of the seven Dragons players who saw game action scored at least eight points. Paar, a George Washington commit, was the big scorer, but Robinson, Igor Yoka-Bratasz (12 points), Jordan Brathwaite (eight points), Noah Charles (eight points) and Cole Paar (eight points) were also integral to the victory.
Chase Paar also secured nine rebounds and had four blocks, while his younger brother Cole grabbed seven boards.
Add these up, and you get the Dragons’ highest scoring total since their blowout win against John Paul the Great on Dec. 15.
As for John Carroll, Jalen Bryant scored 23 points and freshman Tyson Commander added 12 points.
“We battled early,” John Carroll coach Seth Goldberg said. “There were a couple of runs from Glenelg Country. The Paar brothers both played well, as did the other guys — [coach] Garrett O’Donnell does a great job. They got a lot easy in transition and they got a lot easy around the rim, and we had to work a little bit harder. And then they had a couple of big runs that we didn’t answer.”
John Carroll and Glenelg Country (6-5 MIAA A Conference, 14-6) traded buckets throughout the opening quarter. The Patriots drilled a pair of threes and got to the rim for layups, while the Dragons, when they were not turning the ball over, also produced most of their points inside.
Leading, 19-15, after the first period, the Dragons turned to Chase Paar to help them build a sizable halftime advantage. He converted a layup, a jumper and a 3-pointer from the left corner. He also converted all three of his free throws. And if those nine points weren’t enough, he controlled the defensive glass and protected the rim. Thanks to his contributions, the lead grew to 38-25 before the break.
“There’s times where he’s almost too unselfish, and we want him to be a little more selfish” O’Donnell said. “So tonight, he wasn’t selfish, he just took what was there.”
The Dragons’ lead ballooned to more than 20 points in the third quarter, and it appeared they’d pull away even more in the final period. However, the Patriots hung tough. With three minutes to play, they closed the gap to 69-57.
But, in the final few minutes, the Dragons returned to the form that helped them get out to their big lead in the first place.
“We did a really good job pushing the ball,” O’Donnell said. “I think we started breaking down defensively, and our solution to breaking down defensively was taking quick shots instead of grinding it out. So we tried to beat our defensive mistakes with quick offense.”
Glenelg Country (6-5 MIAA A Conference, 14-6) — 77, John Carroll — 62
GCS — Chase Paar 26, Robinson 15, Yoka-Bratasz 12, Brathwaite 8, Noah Charles 8, Cole Paar 8.
Halftime: 38-25, GCS
St. Paul’s — 70, Chapelgate (1-7 MIAA B Conference, 6-16) — 46
CCA — Felder 16, Knox 14, Marvin Cofield 8, Mbergan 6, Praylow 2.
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Halftime: 23-22, St. Paul’s