Lane hits a key layup; Winborne nets 16

by Joe DiBlasi

A slow start cost host Boys Latin in their league opener, as the Lakers fell to the Gilman Greyhounds, 48-43, in MIAA A Conference basketball action on Wednesday night.

The Lakers (0-2 overall, 0-1 MIAA A) were held to six first quarter points, and added just eight more in the second stanza, falling behind the Hounds 26-14 at the half.

Gilman’s Rayuan Lane (left) hit a key layup 53 seconds to go to turn back Boys’ Latin, while Christian Winborne led all scorers with 16 points.

BL stormed back after halftime with 17 third quarter points behind Will Spencer to cut the Gilman lead to four (35-31), and they tied the game 40-40 with two minutes to play.

Gilman stayed resilient to regain the lead on buckets from Jordan Foster and Jalen Marshall to go up 44-40 with 1:18 to go, but a clutch trey from Kendal Walker, 10 seconds later, got the Lakers to within one.

Then, on its next possession, Gilman’s Rayuan Lane hit a huge floater to give the Hounds the lead for good.

“It was all in the flow of the game,” said Lane. “Chris (Winborne) drove in and drew a couple of defenders, and he got the ball to me. I did a pump fake and then was able to get that lay up.”

Winborne led all scorers with 16. He called it a team effort.

“My teammates look for me to score, but it was a complete team effort. We all still stick together, and we play together.”

Gilman coach Will Bartz said, “Lane had a diagonal pass available to an open shooter, but he used a head and shoulder fake, and was able to hit a floater that we needed. He’s a gamer, and he can go in at tense moments and do the job.”

Bartz also praised Marshall, who scored seven first quarter points.

“Most people remember how a game ended but I want to remember also how Jalen started the game. He set the tone for us.”

The Hounds (2-0 overall) improved to 2-0 in league play. “We were gritty down the stretch,” added Bartz.

Laker coach Cliff Rees was proud of the effort in the second half, but he said that the energy, effort and intensity was just not there in the first half.

“There were too many turnovers,” said Rees. “We were not making the extra pass, and not finding the open guy. Gilman is a really good, athletic team, that plays with discipline. They held us to 43 points and it’s hard to win in this league with just 43 points.”

Spencer led Boys’ Latin with 13 points and Lorenzo Donadio added 12

GIL 12 14 9 13 — 48
BL 6 8 17 12 — 43
GILMAN: G. Marshall 9, Winborne 16, Foster 10, Rosenfeld 2, Missouri 5, Lane 4, Hinds 2.
BOYS’ LATIN: Spencer 13, Austin 12, Walker 5, Green 2, Schell 6, Stout 2, Austin 3.