After the first half of Mervo's boys basketball game against Patterson last night, the Mustangs needed to have a talk.
Their sluggish first half led to a two-point deficit, and it came days after Mervo's loss to Parkville on Saturday at the Basketball Academy.
"We were playing down, and the kids weren't playing well," coach Daryl Wade said. "We had a family discussion, and the guys decided they wanted to play a little ball today."
Mervo played its up-tempo, attacking offensive style in the second half and blew out Patterson, 81-48.
"We came out with more intensity," Mustangs forward Byron Westmoreland said. "We picked it up defensively and made our open shots."
In the first half, No. 10 Mervo (10-3) struggled against the Clippers' 3-2 zone defense, which forced them to play a conventional half-court offense.
In the second half, Mervo started mixing in 1-2-1-1 and 2-2-1 zone-press defenses, leading to turnovers by Patterson (7-3).
That allowed the Mustangs to get into fast breaks and use their speed and scorers.
The Mustangs opened with a 19-2 run in the third quarter to take a comfortable lead. Up 50-37 to start the fourth, Mervo had a 12-0 run to put the game away.
Westmoreland had a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks. Jamaal Ramsey added 19 points off the bench.
Coriese Bruce had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers.
Cardinal Gibbons 69, No. 5 St. Frances 66 -- Maryland-bound Sean Mosely missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have sent the game into overtime as the Panthers (17-7) lost at home to the Crusaders. Mosely, who finished with 17 points, received the inbounds pass at halfcourt and took two dribbles before taking a shot that rimmed out as time expired. Jamar Briscoe led all scorers with 21 points and Dylon Cormier added 16 for Gibbons, which built a 10-point halftime lead and held on for the win.
No. 2 Lake Clifton 69, Dunbar 64 -- Jason Sharp scored all 17 of his points in the second half as the Lakers (12-1) overcame an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat the visiting Poets. The junior, who was battling a sore knee, saw limited action in the first half but told his coach at halftime that he was ready to go in. He came out firing in the second half and finished 5-for-6 from the field, including 3-for-4 from three-point range. Antoine Allen led the Lakers with 21 points and Cleveland Melvin added 15 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 3 Arundel 69, Old Mill 43 -- Sherrone Vails scored 19 points and Simone Egwu added 15 as the Wildcats defeated the Patriots. Ciarra Lucas paced Old Mill with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.