Glen Burnie coach Terry Bogle didn't deliver a fiery speech during halftime of last night's boys basketball game at No. 19 Dundalk. But what he said seemed to set a spark under his No. 17 Gophers.
"I told my guys at the half that we couldn't play any worse," Bogle said. "I told them we weren't running any offense and we weren't playing any defense. We just had to pick it up."
The Gophers did.
After scoring only 19 points in the first two quarters, Glen Burnie went on a tear in the second half, outscoring its Baltimore County opponent 47-18 en route to a 66-47 victory.
"One thing we got is numbers, and I think we wore them down a little bit in the second half," Bogle said.
"We went to a zone in the second half, and they didn't shoot the ball very well from the outside."
Both teams appeared erratic in the first quarter. Their shooting percentage reflected that, as each converted only three of 15 shots from the field.
Dundalk (5-4, 4-2), which has lost four of its past five outings, fixed some of its mistakes in the second quarter and reaped the benefits of adjustments.
The Owls also profited from a technical foul issued to Bogle and led 13-12 with 5:36 left in the half after two free throws by senior Travis Thorton.
The Gophers (5-1, 2-1) turned the ball over six times in each of the firsttwo quarters. Thanks to the efforts of senior Jeff Dickerson and sophomore Desmond Dailey, who accounted for all but three of Glen Burnie's first-half points, the visitors trailed at the half by only 24-19.
Dundalk bumped the lead to seven in the opening moments of the third quarter after two short jumpers by Jason Bandy and a third by Thorton before things started deteriorating for the Owls.
Glen Burnie took its first lead of the second half on a three-pointer by Dailey with 1:46 left in the third. He added two more in the waning seconds of the quarter, giving the Gophers a 43-39 lead heading into the final period.
Dailey finished with a game-high 27 points, along with six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Marquis Farmer added 12 for the victors, and Kenny Pitts chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds.
Thorton scored a team-high 15 points for the Owls, and the only other Dundalk player in double figures was Bandy, with 11.
"We played a very good first half, but we needed a kid to step up in the second and we didn't and they did," Dundalk coach Andy Pons said.
"No. 10 [Dailey] stepped up. He was uncanny. We had guys with hands in his face and he hit one three-pointer and my kid almost took his arm off. We don't have anything to be disappointed about; we just didn't execute when we needed to."