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.