Prior to the holiday break, St. Vincent Pallotti pulled off a much needed upset of then-No. 6 Mount Carmel. Wednesday, the Panthers followed up that performance with a 56-46 home win over No. 12 Glenelg Country School.
Pallotti jumped out to an early 11-3 lead and maintained the eight-point spread into halftime, as the Panthers continued to lead, 25-17. Glenelg Country, outscored Pallotti 19-10 in the third quarter to surge in front by one, before the host Panthers dominated the final stanza, going on a 21-10 run and hitting 7-of-8 free throws to seal the victory.
Pallotti’s Everette Hammond scored 19 points to lead all scorers and Ronell Giles netted 15 in the win. Antony Longeré scored 17 points to pace the Dragons and Jalen Gabbidon had 14 for GCS.
The victories were absolutely necessary for the Panthers (7-6 overall) to climb into the MIAA A Conference playoff chase, which they have now done. They are 3-2 in the league and currently in fourth place in the Red Division, but tied in the loss column with No. 11 Calvert Hall College and 10th-ranked Mount Carmel, who are each 4-2 in league play and tied for second.
Glenelg Country, which is in the Black Division, now has an uphill battle to the playoffs. The Dragons (9-5 overall) are 2-5 in the conference and in fourth place in their division, where top-ranked Mount St. Joseph (6-0) and No. 7 John Carroll (4-1) have created some separation at the top. The Dragons are a game back of No. 15 Boys’ Latin (2-3) for third place and only three teams in each division qualify for the post-season.