Glenelg's Eric Breland had one thought in mind with his team trailing by eight points and three minutes to play against Wilde Lake yesterday.
"I just didn't want to lose two games in a row, so I guess I played better than usual," he said.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound sophomore, who averages 16 points and eight rebounds, indeed played far better than usual. He scored a career-high 29 points and had 12 rebounds, leading the second-place Gladiators to a 73-72 victory at Glenelg. The win kept Glenelg (12-3 overall, 8-3 league) two games behind Oakland Mills in the Howard County race.
Breland, who shot 14-for-20 from the floor, scored the game's first 10 points and its last nine points.
Wilde Lake (5-8, 5-6), leading 72-64, was shut out in the last three minutes while Breland made three layups, a put-back and a free throw.
It was a heartbreaking third straight close loss for Wilde Lake, which lost by a point to Long Reach Friday and by three to Oakland Mills last Wednesday.
What made it especially tough was that the Wildecats missed two layups just before the final buzzer.
"We knew coming off a big loss Friday to River Hill that we had to get this one," Glenelg coach Jeremy Snyder said. "And the guys responded well. This was as big a win as we've had all year."
Glenelg out-rebounded Glenelg 31-21, but made 18 turnovers to just 12 for the Wildecats.
Glenelg also outshot Wilde Lake from the floor, hitting 31-for-67 (45 percent) to 40 percent (26-for-64) for Wilde Lake.
"We got the ball up the court quicker than they did. They had their backs turned," Breland said. "And we played good defense at the end."
Davis Huber contributed six points, eight rebounds and four blocks for Glenelg. Jeff Starcher scored 11 points.
Glenelg point guard Brandon Robertson had seven points and seven assists while breaking the school career record for three-point baskets (54). It was a buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter that put Glenelg ahead, 63-60.
It was the second buzzer-beater for Glenelg. Chris Bowen (12 points) made a shot to end the first half from three-quarters of the court.
For Wilde Lake, Jeff Bright sank five three-point baskets and scored 24 points. Point guard Chad Fawcett scored nine points, made nine assists and had six steals. Brandon McCreary scored 13 points and had three steals and three assists. Jerome Parkinson scored 14 points, blocked four shots and made two steals. Nyema Wilson scored 11 points.
Pub Date: 2/02/99