Road win moves the Patriots into sole possession of second place in the MIAA B Conference’s Black Division

With top-ranked St. Frances running away with the top spot in the MIAA A Conference’s Black Division, the battle for the second place in the division, and a more favorable playoff seed, has come down to No. 5 John Carroll and No. 9 Loyola.

Entering the evening tied for that second spot, Wednesday, Loyola lost to No. 3 Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 69-58, while John Carroll took sole possession of second place with a 66-60 road win over Gilman.

Four players put double-figure scoring numbers in the book for the Patriots (11-7 overall, 6-3 MIAA A) with Jeannot Basima pacing the group with 23 points.

The Patriots asserted themselves in the second quarter, turning a two-point advantage into a 36-20 halftime lead. Gilman fought back to within six after three quarters and that is what the final margin of victory remained.

Tyson Commander scores 17 points for the Patriots, while Cesar Tchilombo and TJ Vaughn had 10 points each.

Gilman (4-4) overall is now 2-3 in the Red Division of the A Conference. The Greyhounds were led by Jalen Marshall, who scored a game-high 24 points, and Dejuan Lane, who netted 17.

Also on Monday in MIAA A Conference action, No. 2 Archbishop Spalding romped past Calvert Hall, 88-50, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph routed Boys’ Latin, 72-52. Mount Carmel (7-1) leads the Red Division, with Spalding (6-1) and St. Joe (5-1) right there with just one league loss each.

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