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Boys basketball: Ripken, Jones lead Gilman past St. Paul's

Daniel Wilson, center, of St. Paul's blocks a shot by Gilman's Ryan Ripken as Lamonte Wade of St. Paul's helps out during the first half.
Daniel Wilson, center, of St. Paul's blocks a shot by Gilman's Ryan Ripken as Lamonte Wade of St. Paul's helps out during the first half. (Steve Ruark, Patuxent Homestead)

Senior forward Ryan Ripken scored 24 points and senior guard Cyrus Jones had 22, leading Gilman past host St. Paul's, 64-57, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference game Saturday night. The win strengthens the Greyhounds' lead on first place. They are 9-0 in league play, sitting ahead of second-place St. Paul's (9-2).

Gilman has beaten St. Paul's twice, posting a 66-60 victory on Dec. 6.

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Saturday's game featured a strong Crusaders' rally. St. Paul's trimmed Gilman's 17-point, third-quarter lead to four points midway through the final period before the Greyhounds pulled away.

The Crusaders (13-7) struggled early as they couldn't slow down Ripken, who finished with 17 points in the first half. St. Paul's trailed by as many as 10 points, 13-3, in the first quarter, and fell further behind, 32-19, by halftime.

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"I thought we were timid in the first half," St. Paul's coach Seth Goldberg said. "We have to get a little more consistent. If you play good teams, you have to play for four quarters."

St. Paul's picked up its play in the third quarter, trimming Gilman's margin to 38-31 on Miles Davis' layup.

Midway through the final quarter, the Crusaders used a 7-2 run to cut the advantage to 46-42.

Then Gilman (12-4) quickly boosted its lead to 11 points — the biggest of the quarter. The Greyhounds made six consecutive free throws and got a three-point play from Jones to thwart St. Paul's comeback bid.

"We played really hard defensively in the first half," Gilman coach Owen Daly said. "We limited a really good team to 19 points, which is really hard to do. You know St. Paul's is going to fight and push to get back in the game. I thought our guy's composure in handling them really closing the gap iis what I was impressed with."

Tre Hamer paced St. Paul's with 15 points and Lamont Wade added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.

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