An explosive fourth quarter on Thursday night nearly led Gilman to an upset road victory over rival McDonogh, but the Greyhounds fell one point short. Hoping to keep the momentum rolling into a Friday night encounter with Loyola, at Blakefield, the Hounds came up empty in the final quarter, scoring just six points in the period and fell to the Dons, 55-49.
Dan Vigus scored 19 points and Jordan Floyd added 13 to lead Loyola in the non-conference victory.
Gilman did have some carry over early as it built a 32-26 lead at the half, and held a 43-37 advantage after three quarters of play, but the fourth quarter belonged to the Dons on both ends of the floor. Loyola outscored the Greyhound 18-6 in the last eight minutes of play, as its stingy defense held the Hounds to just two field goals.
Loyola was trailing by two with five minutes to go in the game when Bennett Bradley hit a jumper to tie it, at 45-45, and then Vigus scored twice to give the Dons a four point lead. Free throws by Floyd and Jon Moran sealed the win for coach Josh Davalli.
Davalli said that taking charges, getting rebounds and getting stops was the key to the come from behind victory.
“It was a great team effort, and the defense led the way.”
Vigus said that the defense led the offense. “We were getting fast break points and open shots. We got down early, but we jumped out in the second half.”
Floyd said that Davalli told his team to dig deep. “We had to look within ourselves to get the W.”
On Thursday night, Ryan Ripken and Cyrus Jones combined for 49 points in Gilman’s loss to McDonogh, and on Friday at Blakefield it was more of the same through three quarters. Ripken, Jones and junior Ben Grace racked up 41 points for the Hounds after three quarters, but only Grace was able to score for Gilman (hitting two three-pointers) in the fourth quarter.
The Dons also lost a tough game on Thursday, bowing 51-49 to Winters Mill.
Loyola was 11-for-11 from the free throw line in the second half, and their accuracy from the line did not go unnoticed by Davalli. “All of our guys really shot free throws well at the end. Jordan (Floyd) stepped up, and Jon Moran did the same.”
Gilman’s Grace led all scorers with 20 points, Ripken had 16, and Jones added 11.
Loyola will play in a Jesuit tourney at Georgetown Prep next week, and the Greyhounds will host the Bristow Tournament at Gilman on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Loyola 55, Gilman 49
GIL 10 22 11 6 — 49
LOY 13 13 11 18 — 55
GIL: Grace 20, Ripken 16, Jones 11, McBride 2.
LOY: Vigus 19, Floyd 13, Dunn 9, Cross 4, Bradley 2, Moran 4, Boozer 4.