No. 14 Gilman continues late surge, ends McDonogh’s MIAA A basketball postseason hopes; Winborne and Rosenfield combine for 35 (VIDEO HERE!)
by Derek Toney
Entering the season, McDonogh School was a Top 10 team and a MIAA A Conference title hopeful. Gilman School was hoping to be competitive after a disappointing season.
Well, what a difference a season has made. The 14th-ranked Greyhounds defeated the Eagles, 70-54, in a MIAA A Black Division contest inside Lamborn Field House in Owings Mills.
Sophomore guard Christian Winborne had 18 points and four steals for Gilman (16-9 overall), and senior Danny Rosenfield added 17 points and a team-high six rebounds. Jared Billups and freshman guard Carlton Carrington each scored 14 points for McDonogh (15-17).
The Roland Park school led wire-to-wire, winning for the ninth time in its last 10 league decisions, advancing its league mark to 13-5. Gilman has secured the top spot in the MIAA A Black Division.
The Greyhounds were 5-13 in league play last season.
Gilman coach Will Bartz said turnaround has been culture-based.
“This group of boys truly and genuinely love each other and you can see that on the floor,” said Gilman coach Will Bartz, who credited assistant Jeff Goudine for helping instill a different environment. “We’re focus on that process [culture] and the results are going to be the results.”
“The chemistry has really started to kick in,” said Winborne.
The Greyhounds led by as many as 20 points Wednesday, dropping 10 3-pointers. Rosenfield, a reserve, hit five daggers.
“Everyone is feeling good, we’re moving the ball,” said Rosenfield, who shot six-of-eight overall with two steals in 22 minutes Wednesday. “Everyone is confident in each other.”
Bartz said Winborne’s 3-pointer, set up by Rayuan Lane’s pass, right before the halftime buzzer was a momentum changer. Lane, another reserve, finished with seven points, five assists and two steals.
Gilman led 35-26 at half, but McDonogh, trying to keep its playoff hopes alive, drew to 37-33 after a basket from Dani Dennis-Sutton. The Greyhounds answered with a 16-2 run as another Rosenfield’s dagger completed a surge of 13 straight.
Bartz said Gilman’s bench featuring Rosenfield, Lane and senior Jack Tortolani (four rebounds) was the difference.
“It’s just a testament to the mindset of this group…someone else has to step up,” said Bartz.
Dennis-Sutton finished with 13 points for McDonogh, which received team-high eight rebounds from Jared Billups and Mathani Paul-Swinson. The loss eliminated the Eagles (9-10) from playoff contention.
Last year, McDonogh reached the MIAA A semifinals. The Eagles didn’t realized their potential this season due to injuries, inexperienced and suspensions.
McDonogh coach TJ Jordan was pleased his team was able to manage the distractions to stay in playoff contention until its final game.
“All the adversity and roster changes, our guys persevere,” said Jordan, whose projected starting five didn’t play together this season. “Everybody wrote us off and we’re fighting til the last game of the regular season to get into the playoffs. Some games, we played six guys.”
McDonogh’s playoff fate was also sealed when Pallotti (9-9), which has the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles defeated Gerstell Academy Wednesday. Boys’ Latin School (10-8) will be the Black Division’s No. 2 seed while Pallotti and Glenelg Country (10-8) meet Friday to decide the third and fourth spot.
Friday, Gilman will honor its seniors in the regular season finale against Annapolis Area Christian School.
Tuesday at the Finney Center, the Greyhounds host Archbishop Spalding or Loyola Blakefield in their first MIAA A postseason game since 2016.
“Eventhough we got we’ve clinched the No. 1 seed, we got to play like we’re at the bottom of the bracket,” said Winborne. “We got to keep that hunger inside of us and keep playing hard.”
“We’re kind of lucky because we’re floating under the radar,” said Bartz, a 1999 Gilman graduate who returned to his alma mater three years ago after a championship stint at Indian Creek School. “Nothing changes, just normalize the game. We’re going to stick with our culture, stick with our process.”
No. 14 Gilman School 70, McDonogh School 54
Gilman – Marshall 13, Winborne 18, Cooper 2, Foster 8, Hinds 4, Rosenfield 17, Lane 1, Pearce 7. Totals 25 10-22 70.
McDonogh – Paul-Swinson 7, Billups 14, Robinson 4, Carrington 14, Asher 2, Dennis-Sutton 13, Totals 22 7-19 54.
Gilman 18 17 19 16 – 70
McDonogh 9 17 16 12 – 54