The McDonogh Eagles won handily over Indian Creek to advance to the semi-finals of the 14th Annual Bristow Holiday Tournament at Gilman on Tuesday night.
Robby Weingart ignited the McDonogh offense with an eight point first quarter, and the sharp-shooting guard finished with 16 on the night for coach Donta Evans to lead all scorers.
Kayel Locke added 14 and B.J.Andrews had 12 for McDonogh. Sophomore Tashoun Barnes led Indian Creek with 13.
McDonogh led wire-to-wire, and they pulled away from the young ICS Eagles in the third quarter with a 20 point explosion.
Evans said that he thought his Eagles might come out a little slow, because they only had one practice recently.
“In the second half we got it going, and it started with defense,” said Evans. “We picked up the intensity and forced some turnovers, got some layups and some transition jump shots and that’s a big part of what we do.”
Indian Creek coach Will Bartz, a Gilman grad, played in the Bristow tourney in 1999 when the Greyhounds played in the championship game, but lost to Mervo.
Bartz has done a good job of building the basketball program at Indian Creek, a school that has only been open for six years. His Eagles play in the MIAA C Conference.
On Wednesday, McDonogh will meet Central Bucks (PA), which had a first round bye, in one semifinal. Host Gilman will play Woodlawn, which defeated Coppin Academy, 69-38, in the other semifinal. Also on Wednesday, Indian Creek and Coppin will square off in a consolation contest.
The Greyhounds are the defending tourney champs. When they defeated McDonogh last year, Gilman’s Cyrus Jomes was the tournamnet MVP.
|McDonogh 66, Indian Creek 40|
|Indian Creek: Jenkins 7, Porter 4, Barnes 13, Morgan 3, Marsh 5, Ulmer-Bostick 8.|
|McDonogh: Scott 2, Walker 4, Kelly 2, Andrews 12, Weingart 16, Jorgensen 8, Jackson 7, Locke 14.|