When Spalding Coach Mike Glick decided to go with a smaller lineup, 6-foot-6 senior forward Gus Durr took a seat on the bench -- without complaining. The Cavaliers have since won seven of nine games and Durr still managed 12 points in the team's win against St. Maria Goretti last week.

"Whatever it takes to win, I'm down for it," Durr said. "There are less minutes, but I still do what I have to do. I like coming off the bench and being an offensive weapon."

Spalding entered this week 15-4 and 7-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's A Conference. Although the team is led in scoring by junior Rudy Gay and senior Will Bowers, much-improved role players such as Durr and senior guard Tim Brackney have been integral to the team's success this year. Brackney, who earned a starting role midway through the season, scored a season-high 14 points in Friday's 55-51 win against St. Maria Goretti.

"The last couple of years I really didn't play that much because I had seniors ahead of me," said Brackney, who made four three-pointers in the third quarter. "I told myself this is going to be the year I get a lot more playing time. I kept working hard at practice. I had the right attitude, and all of a sudden the last six, seven games I started, and I've been playing pretty good. I have a lot of confidence right now." . . .

Meade senior Rochard McAfee was declared ineligible for the rest of the season and the Mustangs have forfeited two wins because he had at least eight unexcused absences from one of his classes. McAfee, who was averaging 14.9 points per game, played in victories against North County and Chesapeake after not attending all of his classes on those days. The Mustangs have lost four straight. Coach Butch Young said McAfee might appeal or transfer to another school.

-- Heather A. Dinich