Engineers top Gilman in finale (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)

by Derek Toney

With back-to-back Class 3A state titles, Poly High boys’ basketball team is thinking three-peat this coming winter. Inside the “warm” confines of Middleton Athletic Center at St. Paul’s School, the Engineers began the process, winning the St. Paul’s Summer League final Thursday evening with a 51-42 victory over Gilman School.

Rising junior forward Justin Lewis had a game-high 18 points for Poly. Rising senior point guard Jalne Rucker finished with 14 points for Gilman.

The defending Baltimore City Division I champ Engineers never trailed after a 12-0 run midway in the opening half, capping a 9-2 showing in the SPSL, the largest summer boys league in the region. Poly, the No. 4 seed, defeated top-seeded Loyola Blakefield, 47-40, in the semifinals.

Gilman, the 10th seed, fended off MIAA A Conference rival and No. 11 seeded Calvert Hall College, 56-51,in the other semifinal. Rucker’s basket with 1 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation, broke a 48-48 tie.

St. Paul’s Summer League Playoffs

Thursday’s results


No. 4 seed Poly 47, No. 1 Loyola Blakefield 40

No. 10 Gilman School 56, No. 11 Calvert Hall College 51



Poly 51, Gilman 42

Gilman – Malik Missouri 8, Roman Hines 4, Jalen Rucker 14, Matt Smith 6, Jordan Foster 6, Christian Winborne 4. Totals 15 2-4 42.

Poly – Justin Lewis 18, Rahim Ali 3, Trey English 2, Hasim Massenburg 9, Kym Brown 2, Bryce Lindsay 2, Ian Wallace 4. Totals 18 12-16 51.

Gilman 19 23 – 42

Poly 26 25 – 51


All-Star games

Underclassmen: Home 82, Away 78

Rising Seniors: Home 110, Away 81