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Maryland 2A boys’ basketball semifinals: No. 8 Gwynn Park rallies but falls to New Town

March 11

The fourth-quarter clock at University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center ticked below three minutes Friday, and nobody would have blamed the Gwynn Park boys’ basketball team if it went quietly into the College Park night. But these Yellow Jackets had a resolve few could match this winter, and it once again emerged at the end of the Maryland 2A state semifinals.

No. 8 Gwynn Park fell short of its first trip to the state final since 2010 in a 65-58 loss to New Town, but not before it showed the Baltimore Sun’s top-ranked team exactly how it got to this point.

Trailing by 14 points with less than three minutes to go, the Yellow Jackets nearly pulled off a shocking comeback with a full-court press that forced a succession of steals, ignited a 15-2 surge and put them in position to send the game into overtime.

Once two New Town foul shots left Gwynn Park down just 61-58, junior Justin Faison (15 points) let loose a three-pointer from the top of the key with 23 seconds left. The fans from Brandywine gasped, perhaps expecting it to go in considering the Yellow Jackets were just nine days removed from overcoming an 18-point deficit in the 2A South region semifinals against Douglass.

The ball sailed wide left, and New Town soon iced the game at the free throw line. But everybody involved couldn’t help but be impressed with the exciting finish Gwynn Park created.

“That comeback defines our team, defines our year,” Coach Mike Glick said.

The Yellow Jackets (24-3) were ultimately done in by poor free throw shooting and an inability to solve the 2-3 zone New Town (23-2) employed.

“Their length was the majority of the problem,” forward Isaiah Miles noted.

And yet Gwynn Park stayed close in the first half despite a poor shooting performance. It then briefly took the lead in the third quarter by creating turnovers and getting out on the fast break

But the Titans responded with a powerful 14-0 run that didn’t end until early in the fourth quarter. It provided the defending 2A state champions with just enough cushion late.

Senior Aaron Parker led Gwynn Park with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Miles also had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds), but “we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Faison said.

That, however, did little to dissuade Glick’s pride in what took place during the frantic final few minutes.

“One of the most resilient bunches I’ve coached in 23 years,” he said. “I’ve never been prouder of a team than I am of this team. Went out like champions. Just came up a possession or two short.”

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

March 10, 2016 12:40 AM EST - Marc Stern and The Washington Post's Mark Giannotto take a look at the upcoming state tournaments. (Video by Dalton Okolo for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC.)


Class 2A

No. 1 NEW TOWN (21-2) vs. GWYNN PARK (24-2)

Time: 7 p.m.

Outlook: After capturing the program's second state title last year in Class 1A, New Town made the jump to 2A this season. So far, so good. The Titans claimed the Baltimore County championship and followed with the North Region crown, taking a 15-game winning streak into Friday. The Titans have made a strong commitment to coach Mike Daniel's emphasis on strong team defense, yielding only 46 points per game to opponents. The team's offense revolves around the senior guard tandem of Devin Smith and Matthew Johnson, who have combined to score 31 points per game. Gwynn Park, from Prince George's County, also leans on its defense under veteran coach Mike Glick and the Yellow Jackets feature a balanced offense with junior guard Justin Faison leading five players in double figures at 15.5 points per game.


Basketball playoff coaching tree has roots in Anne Arundel

Crofton resident Pratt helped Corriero get started

As Pete Corriero, Josh Pratt and Mike Glick headed out for their respective basketball games last Friday night, they all hoped for the best for not only themselves, but also their two friends.

When they gathered together later that night, they were all region champions.


"What a great feeling. We had just won and my assistant coaches told me Josh and Pete had also won," said Glick, who will lead Gwynn Park against New Town on Friday in the Class 2A state semifinals. "I was just overjoyed, and then instantly we said, 'Where are we meeting?'"

Corriero (Meade), Pratt (Huntingtown) and Glick are three of the 16 boys basketball coaches in the state who will participate in the state semifinals on Thursday and Friday at the University of Maryland's Xfinity Center.

Though they're now on their own with different sets of assistant coaches, they can each attribute their success to the fact that they've crossed paths with the other two.

It all started way back in the early 90s, when Pratt played for Glick at Montgomery College. When Glick took a job at St. Vincent Pallotti, he asked Pratt to be his assistant. The pair stayed together and moved on to Archbishop Spalding, then Pratt was hired by Dave Lanham to lead St. Mary's.

Enter Pete Corriero.

Pete Corriero

As a 21-year-old just out of college and interested in coaching, Corriero emailed Pratt inquiring about an opening at St. Mary's. Pratt told Corriero to come in to talk, and the two were working together shortly after. Pratt decided to take a job at Towson Catholic, and with Corriero not interested in joining him, Pratt suggested Glick hire Corriero at Gwynn Park.

"Josh called me and said I have a great young coach who could be your junior varsity coach. The best thing I've done was hire Pete," Glick said. "He was with me for two years and we went to the state final four. Pete helped lay the foundation of the program."

Corriero eventually landed at Meade and has gone 111-60 in seven seasons. After three straight sub-.500 seasons, Corriero's teams won 17 games each of the next two seasons and have gone 48-5 the last two years and won the state title in 2015. With two more wins this year, he would become the first public-school county coach to win back-to-back state titles and just the second to win multiple championships, joining Southern's Tom Albright.

Pratt, a Crofton resident, just led Huntingtown to a school-record 21 wins and the first region title in school history. The Hurricanes will face C. Milton Wright in a Class 3A state semifinal in the first game of the state tournament on Thursday afternoon.

Josh Pratt

Pratt began his coaching career in 1993 as a junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach under Glick at Pallotti. He followed Glick to Archbishop Spalding, where he coached and helped develop current NBA star Rudy Gay.

Lanham gave Pratt his first varsity head coaching job at St. Mary's, where Pratt stayed for a year before moving on to Towson Catholic. He coached the Owls for four years and won two Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference titles and a Baltimore Catholic League title. He coached a host of Division I prospects at Towson Catholic, including Donte' Greene, who played at Syracuse before getting drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2008.

Following the closing of Towson Catholic, Pratt returned to Pallotti and was the head girls coach for four years before taking the Chesapeake Science Point job in 2013. He moved on to Chesapeake for a year before taking over at Huntingtown.

Glick is in his 10th year at Gwynn Park and has gone 175-73 with four region titles and an appearance in the state final. He has a 457-210 overall record as a head coach.

Mike Glick

While Glick's resume speaks for itself, he is certainly proud of his two former assistants who will join him the next few days in quests for state titles.

"The job that Pete has done at Meade has been remarkable. I've never been more proud of any of my assistants," Glick said. "Josh is a phenomenal coach and he's rebuilt more than one program. We knew he was walking into a very good situation with a lot of support. I'm just so proud of Josh and it does not surprise me at all what he's done."

The three coaches brought their team together for a scrimmage prior to the season. With victories in their semifinals, they would play consecutively in their respective state finals on Saturday.

"The circle is definitely intertwined, but it's a heck of a tree," Corriero said. "I'm sure Mike is very proud of his two former JV coaches. One is a state champion and the other is a region champ."

If all three teams — or even any of them — were to reach the ultimate goal of a state title, Glick will definitely text the other two wondering where to meet to celebrate.

"I'm really happy for Pete and Josh. They're both great coaches," Glick said. "If there was some way we could all get a state championship, that would be the memory of a lifetime."

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Gwynn Park Pulls off Come-back for the ages vs Douglass in 2016 2A south regional semi Capitol Hoops Basketball March 3, 2016 7:53 am Gwynn Park trailed in this game for more then 31 minutes, but it was in the final 60 seconds where they made winning plays. Senior F Isaiah Miles capped off the comeback with a 3-point play with 8.1 seconds left. GP trailed by 18 late in the first half. Cam Hayes played a whale of a game for Douglass scoring a game high 27 points.
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County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, C.H. Flowers by 14, Sectional finals WIN, No. 18 Bowie by 12, Regional championship WIN, No. 23 Bladensburg by 5

Notable wins: Northwestern by 36, No. 3 Wise by 2, High Point by 26, La Plata by 44, Laurel by 36, DuVal by 36, Bladensburg by 31, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 6, Suitland by 40, No. 25 Bowie by 4, High Point by 45, Laurel by 30, Bladensburg by 7, Parkdale by 40, C.H. Flowers by 14, No. 18 Bowie by 12, No. 23 Bladensburg by 5

Losses: DeMatha by 22, Bishop McNamara by 5, No. 25 Bowie by 3

2. New Town Titans (1) – 100 points (21-2) LW: 4 (+2)

County: Baltimore, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Owings Mills by 3, Sectional finals WIN, Randallstown by 8, Regional championship WIN, No. 22 Dunbar by 13

Notable wins: No. 9 Perry Hall by 4, Gilman by 2, Calvert Hall by 7, Whitman by 23, Carver A&T by 87, Western Tech by 34, Loch Raven by 20, Hereford by 37, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Dulaney by 25, Owing Mills by 5, Pikesville by 37, Woodlawn by 16, No. 22 Dunbar by 13

Losses: No. 8 Poly by 12, Catonsville by 1

3. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets – 97 points (24-2) LW: 7 (+4)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 25 Central by 7; Sectional finals WIN, No. 3 Douglass-PG by 3; Regional championship WIN, Westlake by 10

Notable wins: Northern by 29, Forestville by 20, Crossland by 16, Urbana by 18, No. 5 Douglass by 5, CMIT by 46, Crooms by 38, Central by 4, Tall Oaks by 27, Oxon Hill by 13, CMIT by 57, Oxon Hill by 17, Fairmont Heights by 27, No. 25 Central by 7, No. 3 Douglass-PG by 3, Westlake by 10

Losses: No. 17 Largo by 2, No. 2 Eleanor Roosevelt by 9

4. Perry Hall Gators – 87 points (21-3) LW: 11 (+7)

County: Baltimore, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Catonsville by 25; Sectional finals WIN, Dulaney by 10; Regional championship WIN, Springbrook by 2

Notable wins: Bel Air by 33, Hereford by 32, No. 23 Dundalk by 5, Arlington Baptist by 54, Hereford by 27, Dulaney by 22, Chesapeake by 24, No. 8 Poly by 2, Towson by 22, Overlea by 20, Catonsville by 25, Springbrook by 2

Losses: No. 6 New Town by 4, Kenwood by 5

5. Douglass Eagles – 96 points (20-2) LW: 3 (-2)

County: Prince George’s, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 17 Largo by 6; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 7 Gwynn Park by 3

Notable wins: No. 8 Poly by 16, Northwestern by 43, No. 24 Crossland by 14, Clinton Christian by 26, No. 14 Largo by 13, Fairmont Heights by 57, Forestville by 22, Croom by 76, No. 22 Crossland by 22, Surrattsville by 26, Central by 23, Tall Oaks by 56, CMIT by 73, CMIT by 60, No. 17 Largo by 6

Losses: No. 2 Gwynn Park by 5, No. 7 Gwynn Park by 3

6. Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles – 83 points (21-4) LW: 15 (+9)

County: Montgomery, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Westminster by 6; Sectional finals WIN, Oakdale by 15; Regional championship WIN, No. 16 Tuscarora by 2

Notable wins: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 2, Rockville by 30, South Hagerstown by 26, Wheaton by 22, Northwood by 23, Watkins Mill by 32, Damascus by 40, Clarksburg by 12, Northwest by 22, No. 23 Gaithersburg by 7, Damascus by 33, Poolesville by 27, Blake by 20, No. 16 Tuscarora by 2

Losses: No. 18 Springbrook by 13, Sherwood by 8, No. 20 Tuscarora by 7, No. 9 Quince Orchard by 17

7. Dr. Henry A. Wise Pumas  – 81 points (15-4) LW: 2 (-5)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, No. 18 Bowie by 2

Notable wins: Miller by 9 (Va.), DuVal by 47, Kent County by 22, West Charlotte (N.C.) by 21, No. 15 C.H. Flowers by 38, Suitland by 52, Bladensburg by 13, Parkdale by 34, No. 25 Bowie by 1, No. 24 Bowie by 3, Laurel by 41, No. 16 C.H. Flowers by 14, Bladensburg by 7, Northwestern by 25

Losses: DeMatha by 13, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2, Riverdale Baptist by 2, No. 18 Bowie by 2

8. Middletown Knights – 70 points (20-5) LW: 20 (+12)

County: Frederick, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Walkersville by 26; Sectional finals WIN, Williamsport by 10; Regional championship WIN, No. 6 Oakland Mills by 1

Notable wins: Oakdale by 5, Urbana by 18, No. 21 Tuscarora by 3, Smithsburg by 25, Catoctin by 24, Catoctin by 42, South Carroll by 23, Walkersville by 26, No. 6 Oakland Mills by 1

Losses: No. 7 Linganore by 25, North Hagerstown by 20, Walkersville by 3, North Hagerstown by 2, No. 9 Linganore by 4

9. Oakland Mills Scorpions – 68 points (21-3) LW: 6 (-3)

County: Howard, 2A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Liberty by 39; Sectional finals WIN, Winters Mills by 34; Regional championship LOSS, No. 20 Middletown by 1

Notable wins: Wilde Lake by 24, Mt. Hebron by 25, Howard by 35, Centennial by 3, Glenelg by 37, No. 11 Hammond by 6, Winters Mill by 9, River Hill by 20, Atholton by 46, Reservoir by 47, No. 25 Centennial by 9, Mt. Hebron by 40, Howard by 18, River Hill by 34, Long Reach by 23, Wilde Lake by 25, Liberty by 39, Winters Mill by 34

Losses: Glenelg Country by 11, No. 11 Hammond by 3, No. 20 Middletown by 1

10. Baltimore Polytechnic Engineers – 67 points (19-4) LW: 5 (-5)

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Lat week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, Woodlawn by 12

Notable wins: No. 6 New Town by 12, Edmondson-Westside by 31, St. Maria Goretti by 10, No. 17 Baltimore City College by 23, Patterson by 16, Chaminade-Julienne (Oh.) by 3, Patterson by 13, No. 17 City by 9, Dunbar by 15, No. 18 Lake Clifton by 9, Digital Harbor by 25, No. 24 Lake Clifton by 21, No. 21 Dunbar by 21

Losses: No. 5 Douglass (PG) by 16, Capitol Christian Academy by 3, No. 9 Perry Hall by 2, Woodlawn by 12

11. Quince Orchard Cougars – 54 points (20-3) LW: 8 (-3)

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals LOSS, Clarksburg by 2

Notable wins: Wootton by 23, No. 18 Springbrook by 11, Avalon by 45, Frederick by 29, Gaithersburg by 3, Poolesville by 55, Seneca Valley by 17, Damascus by 43, Gaithersburg by 31, Watkins Mill by 29, Poolesville by 32, Clarksburg by 2, No. 16 Tuscarora by 6

Losses: No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 3, Clarksburg by 1

12. Tuscarora Titans – 53 points (19-5) LW: 16 (+4)

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, North Hagerstown by 12; Sectional finals WIN, No. 9 Linganore by 13; Regional championship LOSS, No. 15 Seneca Valley by 2

Notable wins: Seneca Valley by 7, Oakdale by 7, Catoctin by 43, No. 7 Linganore by 5, Washington (W.V.) by 29, No. 9 Linganore 13

Losses: No. 19 Middletown by 3, No. 7 Linganore by 8, Frederick by 7, No. 8 Quince Orchard by 6, No. 15 Seneca Valley by 2

13. Walt Whitman Vikings – 50 points (17-9) LW: NR

County: Montgomery, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 20 BCC by 1; Sectional finals WIN, Blair by 15; Regional championship WIN, Clarksburg by 1

Notable wins: Northwood by 28, Landon by 4, No. 19 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 11, No. 14 Richard Montgomery by 1, No. 19 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 1, Clarksburg by 1

Losses: Georgetown Prep by 9, No. 20 Bethesda Chevy-Chase by 4, No. 6 New Town by 23, St. John’s (N.Y.) by 3, Richard Montgomery by 6, Wootton by 8, Churchill by 1, Wootton by 13

14. Linganore Lancers – 48 points (22-2) LW: 9 (-5)

County: Frederick, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, South Hagerstown by 19; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 16 Tuscarora by 13

Notable wins: No. 19 Middletown by 25, Catoctin by 49, Walkersville by 47, South Hagerstown by 23, No. 21 Tuscarora by 8, South Lakes (Va.) by 4, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) by 7, Oakdale by 8, Urbana by 28, Winters Mill by 10, Brunswick by 25, Oakdale by 2, Frederick by 28, Westminster by 39, North Hagerstown by 19, No. 18 Middltown by 4

Losses: No. 20 Tuscarora by 5, No. 16 Tuscarora by 13

15. Hammond Golden Bears – 48 points (19-3) LW: 10 (-5)

County: Howard, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Atholton by 6; Sectional finals LOSS, Stephen Decatur by 2

Notable wins: Howard by 23, Centennial by 14, Atholton by 24, Marriotts Ridge by 33, Randallstown by 21, Digital Harbor by 47, Long Reach by 22, No. 4 Oakland Mills by 3, Centennial by 6, Marriotts Ridge by 26

Losses: No. 4 Oakland Mills by 6, Mt. Hebron by 1, Dunbar by 18, Stephen Decatur by 2

16. Bowie Bulldogs – 46 points (12-9) LW: 18 (+2)

County: Prince George’s, 4A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, No. 2 Wise by 2; Sectional finals LOSS, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 2

Notable wins: Polytech (Del.) by 22, Parkdale by 45, High Point by 22, Northwestern by 25, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 3, No. 2 Wise by 2

Losses: National Collegiate Prep by 7, No. 14 Largo by 3, No. 3 Wise by 1, Roosevelt (D.C.) by 3, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 4, Maret (D.C.) by 6, No. 5 Wise by 3, Bladensburg by 2, No. 1 Eleanor Roosevelt by 3

17. Lake Clifton Lakers – 45 points (16-10) LW: NR

County: Baltimore City, 1A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, Reginald Lewis by 5; Sectional finals WIN, New Era by 1; Regional championship WIN, Ben Franklin by 12

Notable wins: New Era Academy by 30, FAET by 38, Dunbar by 1, Patterson by 1, KASA by 35, KASA by 46

Losses: Woodson by 5, Edmondson-Westside by 3, No. 17 City by, Mervo by 6, Edmondson-Westside by 9, No. 19 City by 4, No. 8 Poly by 9, No. 8 Poly by 21, Patterson by 3

18. Frederick Douglass Mighty Ducks – 41 points (19-2) LW: 12 (-6)

County: Baltimore City, 3A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, City by 10; Sectional finals LOSS, Woodlawn by 10

Notable wins: Bluford Drew Jemison by 28, Joppatowne by 4, KASA by 32, NAF by 26, Forest Park by 34, NAF by 25, Southwestern by 22, Mervo by 23, Ben Franklin by 13, City by 10

Losses: Ben Franklin by 4, Woodlawn by 10

19. Surrattsville Hornets – 23 points (15-10) LW: NR

County: Prince George’s, 1A

Last week: Sectional semifinals WIN, McDonough by 29; Sectional finals WIN, Forestville by 19; Regional championship WIN, Patterson Mill by 8

Losses: Central by 1, No. 20 Bethesda-Chevy Chase by 6, Central by 4, Oxon Hill by 12, Potomac by 9, No. 2 Gwynn Park by 13, No. 4 Douglass by 26, No. 17 Largo by 15, Oxon Hill by 9, Friendly by 12