The John Carroll Patriots earned an important victory Wednesday night, fending off a tough St. Frances squad from Baltimore to take a 63-57, home court win.
The contest, a rematch of last year's MIAA "A" Conference championship pairing, was largely contested at the charity stripe, as the Patriots converted 33 of 46 free-throws, which accounted for more than half their offensive output. The visiting Panthers outscored their hosts from the field, but had just 10 tallies at the line.
The Patriots were up throughout the game, running out to a 16-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter, and leading 30-20 heading into the half-time break. After outscoring the Panthers 14-12 in the third quarter to go up 44-32, the Patriots netted 19 in the final frame against St. Frances' 25 points, which allowed the guests to get closer than they had, but it wasn't enough.
Rodney Elliott led the way for the hosts, going nine-for-13 from the free-throw line and scoring a team-high 16 points in all. Kamau Stokes netted 13 points for John Carroll, while teammates Mike Owona and Jarred Jones both contributed nine points to the winning tally. The Patriots' Justin Jenifer scored all his points at the free-throw line, going eight-for-eight from the stripe, while Michael Maric netted six points in the win.
Tevon Saddler, a 2011 All-Harford selection who transferred from Aberdeen to St. Frances following his sophomore year, scored eight points in the loss.
Cobras top Fallston
The Harford Tech Cobras picked up a victory on their home court Wednesday, defeating the visiting Fallston Cougars, 53-42.
The Cougars held a narrow, 23-21 lead after two quarters of play, but the hosts pulled away in the second half.
Telvonne Lambert was the Cobras' top performer, scoring 22 points, dishing out eight assists and picking off four steals.
Danny Crawford had 13 points and seven rebounds in the victory, while fellow Cobra Isaiah Gills had a 12-point, 12-rebound, three-steal showing.
"It was a total team effort," Cobra head coach Bill Jones said. "George Hargrove, our junior guard, played a major role on defense. We haven't beaten Fallston in many years, if ever, so this is a great win for our program."
Mustangs split pair
The C. Milton Wright boys were knocked off Wednesday in Towson by the Loyola Blakefield squad, 73-36.
At half-time, the hosts led 45-19.
Will Hazelton paced the Mustangs scoring with 12 points, while Sam Hahner put up six points and had a team-best nine rebounds in the loss. Kevin Dorsey had six points, five steals and five assists for CMW, while Mychal Stefanides also scored six points.
Playing on the road Tuesday night, the Mustangs came back home with a 71-63 win over the Overlea team.
Dorsey paced the Mustangs with 20 points, while Hazelton scored 15 in the victory. Hahner had eight points for CMW, and Logan Keys and Stefanides both scored six points.
CMW was up 36-27 at the half.
Rams over Indians
The Edgewood Rams knocked off the visiting North East team on Tuesday night, 77-39.