The comeback started with 3.6 left on the clock when, with the North Harford down 69-64, the Hawks' Madison Varvaris was fouled while nailing a three-pointer, then iced his free-throw to cut Bel Air's lead down to one point.
The Hawks fouled immediately on Bel Air's ensuing possession, giving the Bobcats a chance to go up by three, but Bel Air's shooter hit just one from the charity stripe, putting his team up 70-68. The Hawks got the ball to Barnett on the inbounds pass, and he rose to the occasion, swishing the game-winner from 10 feet behind the three-point line as the buzzer sounded.
Barnett led the Hawks, putting up 21 points, making five steals and handing out five assists. Nick Tittle helped the winning cause with 18 points, five assists and five steals. North Harford's Eric Bayer had seven rebounds, while Varvaris finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
Huskies poleax Cougars
The Patterson Mill Huskies moved to 2-0 on the year with a 67-33 drubbing of the visiting Fallston Cougars Friday night.
J.J. Butler was the Huskies top scorer, netting 19 points, while Garett Burkhead had 16 points in the victory. Mike Reed scored eight points for Patterson Mill, and teammate Malik Bonds had six points.
Kyle Tyree scored six points to pace the Cougars, while Jason Lawrence put up five points in the loss.
Eagles edge Joppatowne
The Aberdeen Eagles boys basketball team evened its record at 2-2 Thursday night, defeating the Joppatowne Mariners, 73-67, at Joppatowne.
Rounding out Thursday's local action, Havre de Grace defeated North East, while Edgewood was knocked off by Kenwood.
Eagles show balanced scoring
Leading the Aberdeen attack was Brian Adkins, who posted 15 points. Mike Davenport and Eric Briggs were close behind their teammate, as each came through with a 14-point performance. James Warfield and Jevon Hill-Gee both had 11 points, and Dezmon Smoaks scored eight points for the Eagles.
Markell Huggins was Joppatowne's top performer, putting up a game-high 19 points, pulling down five rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Lavelle Banks had 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Mariners, while Matthew Jones had seven points, two rebounds and nine assists. Keith Alexander registered three points, three rebounds, and teammate Anthony White grabbed a pair of rebounds. Trevon Mosley had 12 points and nine rebounds for Joppatowne, while Kalil Gore posted seven points and five rebounds. The Mariners Terrell Adams came up with five points and four rebounds.
Warriors over Indians
The Havre de Grace Warriors won at home Thursday night, knocking off the North East Indians, 63-48.
Lavelle McCullers paced the Warriors, scoring 24 points and posting nine rebounds. Ben Richardson had 15 points in the victory.
Playing a home match up with visiting Kenwood on Thursday, the Edgewood Rams suffered a narrow 53-49 defeat.
The Rams were leading 29-25 after two quarters of play.
Van Rolle and Thomas Dillard each scored a team-high 16 points for the Rams. Troy Anders netted four points for Edgewood.