TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.
The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.
“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”
Baylor, a two-sport standout at the Olney private school, connected on a pair of free throws with 7:29 remaining in the fourth quarter to put Good Counsel ahead, 49-43.
However, Landon senior guard Donnell Frayer, a fourth team All-Sentinel performer last season, scored on a jump shot with 6:37 left to cut the deficit to 49-48.
Baylor, a chiseled 6-foot-5 and 220-pounds, muscled his way inside for a basket to give the Falcons a 64-57 advantage with 1:02 remaining.
“He owned the glass like we want him to,” said Kissal. “He finished on the interior. He converted at the foul line and he was a calming force for us.”
Frayer, who finished with a game-high 23 points, scored six straight points with under a minute remaining to cut the deficit to 65-63 before Baylor sealed the win by draining four consecutive free throws down the stretch.
“He’s our most experienced player so that was nice to see somebody step up when we needed him,” said Kissal.
Baylor, a distant cousin to NBA legend Elgin Baylor, has emerged as one of Good Counsel’s top gridiron prospects in the Class of 2018.
The outside linebacker and weak-side defensive end already holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Rutgers, Minnesota, Tennessee, North Carolina and Maryland.
“I’m looking forward to set up some visits soon,” said Baylor.