BY DEWEY FOX, email@example.com
11:47 PM EST, February 4, 2013
The Joppatowne Mariners were pushed to the limit on Monday, but still managed to keep their Susquehanna (lower) Division boys basketball record spotless by beating the visiting Harford Tech Cobras, 74-62, in overtime.
The victory put the Mariners at 13-2 overall, and 10-0 in Susquehanna matchups, while the Cobras fell to 4-8 overall, and 3-6 against lower-division opponents.
Joppatowne led, 29-25, at halftime, and the game was tied, 56-56, after the fourth quarter.
Joppatowne's Khalil Gore led the Mariners with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals. Gary Blackston had 17 points, 12 rebounds and six steals, while teammate Markell Huggins put up 12 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks. The Mariners' Rashaad Gore had 10 points and six rebounds, while Keith Alexander helped the winning cause with eight points, seven assists and six steals.
Harford Tech's Isaiah Gills had 10 points, and more importantly, recorded 24 rebounds, which put him over 1,000 rebounds for his varsity career. Hunter Norcross had 16 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat, and Tyler Mister scored 11 points for the Cobras.
Mustangs knocked off
The C. Milton Wright Mustangs (9-7 overall, 3-5 Chesapeake) lost on the road Monday to the Franklin Indians, 57-37.
Corey Bays led the Mustangs in two categories, scoring 11 points and pulling down four rebounds. CMW's Mychal Stefanides had 10 points, four steals and four assists in the loss, with the last two being team-best totals. Alex Battaglia had five points in the loss.
Aberdeen tops Edgewood
The Aberdeen Eagles took an important Chesapeake (upper) Division win on Friday night by knocking off host Edgewood, 79-73.
Darryn Garner was the driving force behind Aberdeen's offense, scoring a season-best 35 points, while also accounting for eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Aberdeen's Eric Briggs had 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal, while teammate Anthony Bennett notched 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal. James Rouse led the Eagles in blocks with four.
Edgewood's Jaleel Gibson and Roderick Harrison each had a team-best 16 points in the loss. Kevin Ringgold and Lenier Tucker netted 13 points apiece for the Rams, while Edgewood's Detrick Matthews scored nine points.
Ringgold paced Edgewood with six assists, while Harrison dished out five assists. Lolami Charles had a game-best 11 rebounds, and fellow Ram Fortune Okigweh had 10 rebounds.
With the win, Aberdeen moved to 11-4 overall, and 7-1 in Chesapeake Division play. Edgewood fell to 12-4 overall, and 6-2 against upper-division foes.
Bel Air over Havre de Grace
The Bel Air Bobcats earned a Susquehanna (lower) Division victory Friday night, defeating the host-team Havre de Grace Warriors, 62-56.
With the win, Bel Air improved to 11-6 overall and 7-2 in lower-division games. Havre de Grace (6-8 overall) fell to 5-4 against Susquehanna opponents.
Bel Air led Friday's matchup, 31-26, at halftime, and was up, 44-41, heading into the fourth quarter. Havre de Grace took a 54-53 lead with three minutes remaining, and was up, 56-55, in the final minute, but the Bobcats scored the last seven points of the game.
The Bobcats' Tyler Norcross scored 19 points and brought down 10 rebounds to lead his team in both categories. Bel Air's Parker Jones put up 12 points in the win.
Havre de Grace's Lavell McCullers had 22 points and eight rebounds.
Joppatowne tops Bo Manor
Playing on their home court Friday, the Joppatowne Mariners continued their dominance of the lower division with a 65-37 win over visiting Bo Manor.
Leading the way for the Mariners was Matthew Jones, who posted 16 points, four assists and three steals. Gary Blackston had 14 points and eight rebounds in the victory, while teammate Markell Huggins notched 13 points and 10 rebounds. Joppatowne's Khalil Gore came through with eight points, while fellow Mariner Jermaine Head had five points and a team-best eight assists.
CMW busts Fallston
The C. Milton Wright Mustangs took an upper-division win over Fallston (3-11 overall, 1-7 Chesapeake) on Friday, beating the visiting Cougars, 60-43.
Mychal Stefanides scored 22 points in the victory, while teammate Corey Bays netted 12 points. Will Hazelton had 11 points for CMW and Jamal Worthington had six.
Hazelton and Stefanides both had five assists and four steals, which were team-high totals. CMW's Sam Hahner had three points and led the Mustangs in rebounds with six.
Fallston's top scorer was Wyatt Alexander, who netted 16 points.
Patterson Mill smashes Elkton
The Patterson Mill Huskies (12-4 overall, 8-1 Chesapeake) won at home on Friday, dispatching the Elkton Golden Elks, 54-31.
Up 25-21 at halftime, the Huskies outscored the Elks, 29-10, over the final two quarters.
Kevin Dorsey led the Huskies in scoring with 12 points. Khalid Smith and Bryce Butler each scored 11 points for the winning squad, while Mike Reed was close behind with 10 points. Patterson Mill's Zach Dorn had six points.
Tech beats Rising Sun
The Harford Tech boys got a victory on Friday night, defeating the North East Indians, 51-34.
Isaiah Gills had 13 points, 25 rebounds and five blocks in the victory, while the Cobras' Hunter Norcross posted 11 points and 10 rebounds. Harford Tech's Tyler Mister had 10 points.
Patriots split two games
Playing at Coolidge High in Washington D.C. on Saturday, the John Carroll Patriots fell short in a 69-58 loss to the Dunbar squad.
The two squads were tied, 25-25, at halftime, and heading into the fourth quarter the game was still deadlocked, 29-29.
John Carroll's Rodney Elliott finished with 26 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Kimbal Mackenzie put up 20 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. The Patriots' Mike Owona had six points, four rebounds, one block and one steal, while teammate Jordan Martin notched four rebounds, two points, one assist and one steal. Michael Tertsea had three rebounds and one point in the loss.
At home the previous evening, the Patriots pulled out their 12th straight victory over rival McDonogh, knocking off the visiting Eagles, 52-42.
Elliott had a season-best performance in the win, notching 31 points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Martin finished with five points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds, while Mackenzie came through with nine points, three assists and one rebound. Lionel Owona led the Patriots in rebounding with six boards, blocked two shots, scored two point, and had one steal.
North Harford over Harford Christian
The North Harford Hawks won on the road Thursday night, overcoming a halftime deficit to edge out the Harford Christian Eagles, 55-49.
The visiting Hawks trailed, 21-19, at the halftime intermission, and were behind, 34-27, in the third quarter before head coach Jeff Burrows said his team "woke up."
Leading the North Harford charge was Brock Hurley, who had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six steals.
Madison Varvaris posted six points and three assists in the victory, while Nic Hammer came through with eight points, seven rebounds and three assists. North Harford's Ryan Feiss notched six points and four steals.
The Hawks had a tough night at the charity stripe, hitting just 18 of 42 free throws.
With the win, North Harford (2-5 Chesapeake) improved to 7-8 overall.