McDonogh and Gilman were both narowly defeated in the final seconds of their semifinal games in the Sherm Bristow Holiday Tournament at Gilman on Wednesday night, setting the stage for the two rivals to meet in Thursday’s third-place consolation, where the visiting Eagles soared, 68-53.

On Wednesday, McDonogh missed a shot at the title game when it lost to C.B. West (PA), 41-40, and the Greyhounds fell to Woodlawn, 61-59, on a last secod bucket by the Warriors.  Both had a last-second chance to win those games, as McDonogh had a lay-up attempt by Kayel Locke carom out against the Bucks, and Gilman was victimized by a steal and winning layup by Woodlawn’s Corey Thomas, with four seconds to go in regulation.

With the quick turnaround neither team knew how might react on Thursday, by McDonogh, playing for the third time in as many nights, came out on fire.  BJ Andrews, Allen Jackson, Taysean Scott, an Kayel Locle all scored quickly for coach Donta Evans, as the Eagles grabbed a quick, 10-4, lead and were never headed.

Andrews stepped up his game in the second quarter, nailing three threes to carry the Eagles to a 31-17 lead at the half.  The advantage grew to 46-27 after three, and McDonogh cruised from there.

Andrews led all scorers with 23 points and Locke added 19.

Evans said that he has been looking for consistency from his squad, and on this night, he got it.

“Today we played with a sense of urgency,” said Evans. “We took up the challenge of defending (Cyrus) Jones and (Ryan) Ripken.  BJ had a great fourth quarter (against CB West), and he came out today and put an entire game together.”

Locke finished with 19 points, 17 of which came in the second half.

Cyrus JonesJones led Gilman with 22. The talented junior had 32 in the loss to Woodlawn on Wednesday and went over the 1,000 point mark with 4:16 to go in the fourth quarter.  It was the only bright spot of the night for the Greyhounds.

Jones, who also excels on the gridiron, became one of the top five scorers in Gilman basketball history withy his 22 point effort.

The Greyhounds will resume MIAA B Conference play on Monday night when they host St. Pauls, and McDonogh will play at Loyola in A Conference action on Tuesday.

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McDonogh 68, Gilman 52
McDonogh: Scott 6, Walker 4, Andrews 23, Rexford 3, Weingart 6, Jorgensen 2, Jackson 5, Locke 19.
Gilman: Montgomery 2, Jones 22, Koteen 10, Matthai 1, Ripken 9, Copeland 8.