Senior guard Jalen Gabbidon scored eight straight points attacking the basket to help give the Glenelg Country boys basketball team a double-digit lead with a big second quarter run at Boys' Latin on Monday.
When the host Lakers made a formidable bid to come back — closing within four points early in the fourth quarter — Gabbidon showed he was just as dangerous from the outside.
The Harrisburg Academy (Pa.) transfer hit a 3-pointer with 6:08 to play that restored order for the visitors. It started a 7-0 run that sent the No. 13 Dragons to a 57-49 win over the No. 10 Lakers in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play.
Gabbidon scored a game-high 15 points as Glenelg Country improved to 17-7 overall and 8-6 in the league's Black Division. The Dragons are now mere percentage points behind John Carroll (7-5) for second place.
Boys' Latin (17-9, 7-6) dropped to fourth place..
After falling hard at No. 4 Poly, 60-30, in a non-conference game Saturday, the Dragons responded favorably with an important league win on the road. An 18-0 run in the first half got them a big lead, and they had plenty left for the fourth-quarter spurt to put the game away.
"It was a matter of pride," Gabbidon said. "We knew that wasn't the team we are on Saturday when we played Poly. We know we're much better than that, so we came out here to prove it. We know Boys' Latin is a good team — they've been picking up a lot of wins — and we wanted to assert ourselves in the league. We're going for a championship and you're going to have bad game, but you can't let the previous game affect the next one. We came out and played our best."
Trailing 12-8 late in the first quarter, the Dragons used that big run — including a baseline dunk by Gabbidon as the offensive highlight — and ended up with a 33-16 lead at the half.
But with fellow senior standout Anthony Longpre (10 points) on the bench for the Dragons with foul trouble for much of the third quarter, the Lakers showed a lot in clawing back in the game. Three-pointers from Jaylin Andrews (13 points) and Cameron Watts (14 points) cut the lead to 41-36 going into the fourth quarter.
The Lakers got two free throws from Andrews to open the fourth quarter and cut the lead to 41-37 when Gabiddon helped close the door with his pivotal 3-pointer. C.J. Wilson scored on a putback followed by two free throws from Gabbidon and the lead was quickly back up to 48-37 less than a minute later.
After not recognizing the team that was on the court in Saturday's lopsided loss at Poly, Glenelg Country coach Kevin Quinlan was impressed with how the Dragons bounced back.
"To our guys' credit, we had a light practice [on Sunday] and I wasn't sure how they would enter the gym, but they all came in energized and ready to roll," he said.
Boys' Latin assistant coach Jim Morrissey led the team with head coach Cliff Rees serving a one-game suspension for undisclosed reasons.
"We talked in the locker room about coming out with more energy after I thought in the first half Glenelg just played a lot harder than us," Morrissey said. "In the second half, I just kind of challenged them to match the energy that Glenelg came out with and I thought they did a nice job. In the end, we had just dug ourselves too big of a hole."
13 Glenelg Country 57, 10 Boys' Latin 49
GC – Gabbidon 15, Wilson 6, Longpre 10, Owen 4, Burnett 9, Paar 7, Etuaful 4, Hornatko 2.
Totals: 21 12-19 57.
BL – Watts 14, Bradhser 5, Murray 5, Andrews 13, Lewis 2, Walsh 8, Spencer 2.
Totals: 16 12-23 49.