BY DEWEY FOX, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:24 PM EST, February 28, 2013
Fallston, Edgewood, Havre de Grace Aberdeen and Joppatowne boys basketball teams stayed alive Tuesday night in boys basketball playoff action, winning their respective matchups.
Harford Tech, Patterson Mill, C. Milton Wright, Bel Air and North Harford all lost to end their seasons.
The Fallston Cougars won their opening-round playoff game with Harford Tech, dispatching the host-team Cobras, 55-40, in a Class 2A East VII Sectional matchup.
"We knew coming in that we'd have to limit [Harford Tech center] Isaiah Gills," Fallston head coach Tim Lacock said after the game. "He's very tough on the boards, and that's where he scores most of his points, so we tried to keep someone on him most of the game. We held him to under 10 points, so I think we did a pretty good job. We got into foul trouble late in the game, with three or four guys who all had four fouls, so everyone had to chip in four us to win tonight."
The sixth-seeded Cougars led, 22-16, at the halftime break.
Wyatt Alexander scored a game-high 20 points in the victory, while teammate Ben Lodanski had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
"Ben was a big part of the win tonight," Lacock said. "He came up with a lot of rebounds."
Fallston's Jordan Greenwood had nine points.
Gills scored nine points and pulled down a game-best 16 rebounds, while Harford Tech's Fred Gordon had 11 points and five steals. Hunter Norcross had nine points in the loss.
Fallston traveled to play second-seeded Edgewood in the sectional semifinal Thursday night at 6 p.m.
Rams eliminate Huskies
In a showdown involving the first- and second-place teams from this year's UCBAC Chesapeake (upper) Division race, the second-seeded Edgewood Rams eliminated visiting seventh seed Patterson Mill, 49-45, in the opening round of the Class 2A East VII Sectional tournament.
The Rams trailed the Huskies, 17-16, at halftime.
Roderick Harrison paced the Rams' offense with an 11-point effort, while teammate Kevin Ringgold had 10 points. Detrick Matthews and Lenier Tucker each scored seven points, while fellow Ram Lolami Charles had six. Edgewood's Fortune Okigweh and Jaleel Gibson each posted four points.
Khalid Smith scored 14 points to lead Patterson Mill, while Mike Reed netted 10 points in the loss. Bryce Butler and C.J. Felder both scored seven points for the Huskies, while Kevin Dorsey had six.
Joppatowne moving along
The Class 2A East VII Sectional top seed Joppatowne earned an opening-round victory, defeating visiting eighth seed Elkton, 64-55.
The victory earned the Mariners a spot in Thursday's sectional semifinal round, in which they hosted the winner of fourth-seeded Rising Sun.
Leading the way for the Mariners was Khalil Gore, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Joppatowne's Jermaine Head Jr. came through with 16 points, five assists and four steals, while teammate Markell Huggins had 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five steals. Matthew Jones had seven points, four assists and four steals in the win.
HdG extends season
Playing eighth-seeded host Friendship Academy in the opening round of the 1A North regional tournament on Tuesday, the ninth-seeded Havre de Grace Warriors extended their season by at least one game with a 65-60 victory.
In the second round of the 1A North tournament, which was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, the Warriors traveled to play top-seeded New Town
Leading the Warriors on Tuesday was Lavell McCullers, who posted a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. McCullers also dished out seven assists.
Eagles edge Towson
The Aberdeen Eagles, who saw their seeding in the 3A North tournament drop from a potential top four down to 11th after they had to forfeit 15 regular-season games for using an ineligible player, seemed to have put the scandal behind them on Tuesday, as they held on to beat sixth-seeded host Towson, 51-47.
Aberdeen led, 27-25, at halftime.
Darryn Garner led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points, while Eric Briggs contributed 14 points to the winning tally. Anthony Bennet had nine points in the victory, and Aberdeen's Maurice Harris netted eight points.
Harris pulled down a team-best seven rebounds, and Garner paced the Eagles in assists with five.
The victory earned Aberdeen a spot in Thursday's quarterfinal round, in which they were slated to play a 6 p.m. road contest with 14th-seeded Hereford.
The fourth-seeded C. Milton Wright Mustangs were knocked out of the Class 3A North tournament by a 64-50, home-court loss to 13th seed Woodlawn.
CMW's Mychal Stefanides had a team-high 21 points, picked off three steals and led the Mustangs in rebounds with five. Will Hazelton netted 14 points in the loss, while Corey Bays had nine points and a team-best four assists. Jamal Worthington scored five points and had three steals for the Mustangs.
North Harford done
The 15th-seeded North Harford Hawks were eliminated from the Class 3A North tournament, losing 55-24 to second-seeded host City High School.
Brock Hurley accounted for all but seven of the Hawks' points, ending the game with 17 tallies.
North Harford trailed, 29-4, at halftime.
Bel Air eliminated
The third-seeded Bel Air Bobcats saw their season come to a close on Tuesday night, as they were topped in the opening round of the 3A North tournament, 52-44, by visiting 14 seed Hereford.