Gilman had been scratching to get over the .500 mark after a slow start. The Greyhounds finally reached their destination, and made history in the process.
On its home court last night, Gilman defeated Severn, 61-46, for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference tournament title, its first league championship in 24 seasons.
Sophomore center Reggie Fugett scored a game-high 24 points for Gilman (15-14), which finished with 13 wins in its last 17 games. Ben Goetsch added 11 for the Greyhounds. Deon Peters and Davon Morris led Severn (15-9) with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The teams split during the regular season, but Gilman dominated the rubber match, leading by as many as 17 points in the second half. With a predominantly young roster, Greyhounds coach Tony Jordan saw his team rebound from a 2-10 start in December.
"We played a brutal schedule," said Jordan. "They just fought back and didn't give up all year."
Gilman's most recent championship prior to last night was the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference title in 1980.
With the 6-foot-6 Fugett scoring eight points in the second quarter, Gilman built a 30-20 halftime lead last night. The advantage expanded to 42-25 in the third quarter after a 10-0 run that included four points each from Goetsch and sophomore guard David Johnson.
Severn, minus starting center Richard Distad and key reserve Patrick Moran because of illness, got within 48-39 early in the fourth quarter, but Gilman was determined to break its championship drought. A pair of baskets by Fugett followed by a layup from junior Travis Hale put the Greyhounds comfortably ahead, 54-39.
"I figured if we can do it this year, we can do it next year and the year after," said Fugett. "Let's start something new, not make it another 24 years."