The host Gilman Greyhounds took full advantage of their greatest asset yesterday to beat McDonogh.
Gilman used its inside muscle to control the paint and dominate the boards en route to a 71-61 win in the finals of the Independent Schools Tournament.
"We beat them physically," said Tim Holley, coach of Gilman (16-12), whose team out-rebounded McDonogh, 44-33. "We succeeded in keeping them to one shot on most possessions. This was the last game of our season, and every senior rose to the occasion."
One Gilman senior, 6-2, 200-pound Jamal Cox, dominated the inside after McDonogh center Matt Harley got into early foul trouble. His 18-point, 13-rebound performance earned him the tournament's Most Valuable Player award.
Said Cox: "When they lost [Harley] we really got control on the inside. We were a little bigger to start with, but that just made it easier."
The game was decided in the first half. After McDonogh took a one-point lead to start the second quarter, the Eagles went cold, missing nine of their next 10 shots, leaving the door open for the Greyhounds.
Gilman's trio of Ted Evans (14 points, 4 assists), Josh Miller (14 points) and Cox took full advantage, staking the Greyhounds to a 34-26 halftime lead.
The teams traded baskets for most of the second half, but poor shooting kept the Eagles from making a run.
McDonogh's usually precise Geoffrey Streat, who nearly single-handedly brought the Eagles back from a 14-point deficit in their win over St. Paul's Thursday, hit just four of his 20 shots, missing many badly.
"He was just off today," said Albie Swartz, coach of McDonogh (14-13). "He had a lot of balls roll around the rim today -- he just didn't have the good rhythm."