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Boys basketball: McDonogh edges Gilman

McDonogh's Kayel Locke goes up for a basket with Gilman's Ryan Ripken defending and teammate Cyrus Jones watching in the Eagles' 68-67 victory Thursday night.
McDonogh's Kayel Locke goes up for a basket with Gilman's Ryan Ripken defending and teammate Cyrus Jones watching in the Eagles' 68-67 victory Thursday night. (staff photo, photo by Noah Scialom)

McDonogh coach Donta Evans said his team has had problems closing out opponents. It happened again Thursday night against visiting Gilman.

McDonogh (6-4) held an 11-point lead early in the final quarter, but ended up holding on for a 68-67 victory in a non-league game.

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A pair of free throws from Andrew Hofmeister and one from Kayel Locke in the last 20 seconds helped preserve the victory. Locke, a senior forward, led the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

"We have played in a lot of close games this year," Evans said. "This is probably the third game we have been up close to double digits in the fourth quarter. We allow teams to kind of creep back into the game by turning the ball over or not finishing a play defensively. But give Gilman credit. They were making some difficult shots."

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Gilman (5-2) came storming back thanks to the play of senior guard Cyrus Jones (24 points) and senior forward Ryan Ripken (game-high 25 points) and senior guard Cyrus Jones (24 points).

Jones scored 16 points in the final quarter and Ripken sank three of his seven three pointers to spark the rally.

McDonogh led 61-52 with 2:59 remaining, but the Greyhounds used an 8-2 run over the next 1:50 to trim the margin to 63-60 as Jones scored five points during that stretch.

Gilman cut the lead to two points twice in final 30 seconds. Jones' layup made it 67-65 with 11.2 seconds left.

After Hofmeister made one of two three throws to go ahead 68-65, Jones made a layup at the buzzer.

"We probably need a three (pointer) there," Gilman coach Owen Daly said of the his team's final shot. "We are exhausted at point and the score changed so quickly in the last two minutes that its hard to keep up."

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