Already with five league losses, Glenelg Country School could not afford to fall any further off the playoff pace in the MIAA A Conference basketball standings when it hosted Mount Carmel Friday night if it hopes to reach the post-season.
Facing a must-win, the 12th-ranked Dragons outscored the visiting and No. 10 Cougars 21-15 in the final quarter to pull out a 62-60 win in Ellicott City.
Senior star Anthony Longpré was limited to just 12 points in the win, but he got eight of them in the final quarter to lead the winning surge. Caidon Owen, who scored 14 key points, also hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth.
Jalen Gabbidon had a game-high 20 points for the Dragons, including 13 in the first half as GCS established a 31-27 lead.
Jordan Jones and Will Thomas each scored 19 points to lead Mount Carmel, and University of Tennessee-Chattonooga recruit Terry Nolan Jr. finished with 15 points.
With the victory, Glenelg Country (10-5 overall) improves to 3-5 in the A Conference, as it remains in fourth-place in the Black Division.
Mount Carmel (12-4) fell to 4-3 in the league and remains tied for second with Calvert Hall College in the Red Division. McDonogh School leads the Red Division at 6-1, but the other two playoff spots in the division remain wide open.
No. 12 Glenelg Country School 62, No. 10 Mount Carmel 60
Mount Carmel – Nolan 15, Evans 3, Thomas 19, Jones 19, Watson 2, Bush-Williams 2. Totals 26 6-7 60.
Glenelg Country – Gabbidon 20, Wilson 15, Longpre’ 12, Barnett 9, Etuaful 2, Owen 14. Totals 21 12-16 62.
Mount Carmel 15 12 18 15 – 60
Glenelg Country 18 13 10 21 – 62