Needing a road victory over Elkton Friday night to secure their second straight UCBAC Chesapeake Division title, the Edgewood Rams won in commanding fashion, polishing off the Elks, 65-44.
The victory put Edgewood at 11-1 in Chesapeake (upper) play and 17-4 overall. Patterson Mill finished in second place with a 10-2 upper-division mark. The Rams will move on to play Susquehanna (lower) Division champ Joppatowne in the UCBAC title game at 5 p.m. Wednesday at C. Milton Wright. Last year, the Rams captured their first UCBAC crown with a 55-41 victory over Patterson Mill in the conference championship game.
Jaleel Gibson helped the winning cause with a game-best 25 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Edgewood's Lenier Tucker had 12 points and eight rebounds, while Roderick Harrison posted nine points, four rebounds and two steals. Kevin Ringgold and Lolami Charles both scored six points in the victory. Charles pulled down 10 rebounds, while Ringgold dished out a team-high three assists. The Rams' Detrick Matthews had six rebounds, two assists and two points.
Patterson Mill edges Perry Hall
The Patterson Mill Huskies wrapped up their 2012-13 boys basketball regular season Friday night with a tight road victory, knocking off Perry Hall, 47-44.
The victory put the Huskies at 10-2 in the Chesapeake and 15-5 overall.
Patterson Mill led, 21-17, at halftime.
Khalid Smith paced the Huskies' offense, notching 16 points in the victory. Bryce Butler scored 12 points, while Kevin Dorsey and Mike Reed each netted eight.
Joppatowne undefeated in division
The Joppatowne Mariners, who clinched the UCBAC Susquehanna (lower) Division title last week, ended their division schedule with a perfect 14-0 mark Friday night, dispatching the North East Indians, 62-45.
The win pushed Joppatowne to 18-2 overall, the best season record of any UCBAC boys basketball team.
Leading the way for the Mariners was Markell Huggins, who had 17 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, four assists and three blocks. Khalil Gore posted 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists, while Jermaine Head Jr. came through with eight points, seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. Rashaad Gore had seven points in the victory, while fellow Mariner DeAngelo Morgan registered six points and three steals.
CMW, North Harford tangle
C. Milton Wright ended its regular-season Friday night with a Chesapeake Division victory, defeating the visiting North Harford Hawks (8-12 overall, 3-9 Chesapeake), 65-51.
The Mustangs improved to 13-7 overall and 7-5 in Chesapeake play.
CMW's Mychal Stefanides had a season-best performance, scoring 30 points, dishing out a team-best five assists and picking off four steals.
The Mustangs' Corey Bays had 14 points and led his team in rebounds with five. Will Hazelton had seven points and four steals in the victory, while teammate Logan Keys had five points.
North Harford's Brock Hurley once again led the Hawks in scoring, hitting for 19 points. Madison Varvaris had eight points for North Harford, while Collin Keating had seven.
Aberdeen closes with win
The Aberdeen Eagles (4-16 overall, 3-9 Chesapeake) took a victory in their final regular-season contest Friday night, edging out host Fallston, 47-42.
The loss dropped Fallston to 7-15 overall and 4-8 in the Chesapeake Division.
Anthony Bennett and Darryn Garner both netted a team-best 13 points in the victory, while teammate Eric Briggs had 11 points.
Maurice Harris paced Aberdeen in rebounding with nine boards, while Alex Funcheon had seven rebounds for the Eagles.
Garner dished out a team-high four assists, while Bennett and Briggs both had three assists. Funcheon led Aberdeen in steals with five.
John Carroll beaten
The John Carroll Patriots suffered a 61-47 road loss to the St. Frances Academy squad Friday.
"[We] entered the game with confidence," Patriots head coach Tony Martin said. "But, picked the wrong time of the season to have, literally, [our] worst shooting night of the year."
John Carroll's Rodney Elliott had eight points, three rebounds and three assists, while Kimbal Mackenzine came up with seven points, one rebound and one assist. Jordan Martin had 10 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals. Michael Tertsea posted nine points, four rebounds and two blocks in the loss, while C.J. Keyser had five points and four rebounds. Mike Owona pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
Bobcats drop Tech
In a Susquehanna Division matchup at Bel Air Friday, the host-team Bobcats knocked off Harford Tech, 77-50.
Bel Air (16-6 overall, 11-3 Susquehanna) was led in scoring by Tyler Norcross, who netted 31 points. Norcross also paced Bel Air in rebounds with 12. The Bobcats' Juwan Singletary posted 10 points and seven rebounds.
Harford Tech led, 15-14, after one quarter of play, but by halftime the Bobcats had jumped to a 35-21 advantage.
The North Harford Hawks suffered a second straight loss by six points or less on Thursday night, falling 51-46 to the visiting Elkton boys basketball squad.
The Hawks, who lost, 35-34, to Fallston Feb. 12, fell to 8-11 overall and 3-8 in the Chesapeake (upper) Division.
North Harford led the Golden Elks, 16-5, after one quarter of play, but the visitors battled back to take a 23-20 lead into the halftime intermission. The Hawks tied the game at 42 late in the fourth quarter, but three successive turnovers allowed the Elks to cement a six-point lead, which they would hold through the final whistle.
North Harford's Brock Hurley led the Hawks in scoring with 20 points and rebounds with 10 boards.