As the defending Class 4A boys basketball champions, the Perry Hall Gators have quickly learned that little is coming easy for them this season.
In their home opener Wednesday against upstart Dulaney, after celebrating the program’s first crown by unveiling the championship banner, the No. 7 Gators had to grind out the final minute to pull out a win.
Senior guard Tyler Holley had a big steal and dunk, junior Anthony Walker hit two clutch free throws and then Holley blocked a shot under the basket in the closing seconds. Shortly after, senior Terrence Johnson scored an easy layup just before time expired to give Perry Hall an 80-77 win over the No. 15 Lions in Baltimore County play.
So many names and faces have changed in the 10 months since Annapolis and Meade’s boys basketball teams met in the Class 4A East Region final. However, it was the freshest face that made the ultimate difference at the end.
By Brian Burden
Jan 03, 2018 at 9:00 PM
Walker led four Gators in double figures with 22 points — including four dunks to go with the makes at the free-throw line late — with Johnson (16 points), Anthony Higgs (16 points and 17 rebounds) and Laquill Hardnett (14) producing the balanced offense.
Perry Hall, fresh off an upset loss to Gerstell Academy in the championship game of Patterson’s Eckert Winter Classic last week, get the 2018 portion of the schedule off to a good start to even its record at 3-3.
Dulaney coach Matt Lochte was quick to credit the Gators and said their experience showed up in the important minutes, but he was also impressed with how his team responded favorably throughout the game to provide the 32-minute push. The Lions have six freshmen and sophomores on the roster with three of them in the starting lineup.