I don't have anything witty to say this week, so here are some numbers and figures from the last week of boys basketball:
1,000: That would be the number of career rebounds that Harford Tech's Isaiah Gills passed in the Cobras' 74-62 overtime loss to Joppatowne on Monday night. If you need some kind of mathematical proof of how tough it is to reach 1,000 in any statistical category during a four-year varsity career, refer to my last column, where I talked about Gills and Bel Air's Tyler Norcross passing the 1,000-point barrier on the same night. Now, points are one thing, as some players manage to average 20 or more points every game, but pulling down 10 rebounds or more in every varsity game for four years is almost more impressive, in my eyes. If it's any indicator of how big a presence Gills is on the boards, he finished Monday's game with 24 rebounds. I did a double take when I saw the stat sheet, thinking that someone had switched something up. That wasn't the case, and Gills became the first player that I've covered who has reached 1,000 in two categories. Well done, Isaiah.
Three: That is the collective number of points by which the Joppatowne Mariners have led their last two opponents at the end of the fourth quarter. On Tuesday night, the Mariners just barely got past Havre de Grace, beating the Warriors, 57-54, on the road, and playing Harford Tech on Monday, Joppatowne saw the Cobras mount a fourth-quarter comeback to tie the game, 56-56, by the end of regulation. They went on to outscore Harford Tech, 18-6, in the first overtime period to take a 12-point lead, but for a team with a perfect UCBAC division record (11-0 in Susquehanna games as of Thursday), the Mariners have been living dangerously. That said, nobody in the Susquehanna Division is going to catch them at this point. Who they play in the conference championship game though, that still needs to be sorted out.
10: That would be the number of points Patterson Mill held Elkton to in the second half of the Huskies' 54-31 victory over the Elks last Friday. Holding a 25-21 lead at the halftime break, the Huskies came out in the third quarter and proceeded to put a stranglehold on visiting Elkton, and a tight game turned into a 23-point rout. As stats like that usually mean that the winning team changed its defensive scheme, or that the losing team suddenly went cold, I asked Patterson Mill head Coach Jeroud Clark if he'd had his boys make a tactical switch in the second half. He said no, that the Huskies had only, "switched focus." As a former athlete, one who attempted to change focus just about every game in an attempt to make up for whatever problems I was having on the field, that answer made me laugh. I'll take some of that, please, if it's good enough to hold Elkton to 10 points over two quarters.
18-4: That is the fourth-quarter score of the Tuesday game between Edgewood and Patterson Mill, in which the Rams overcame an eight-point deficit to beat the Huskies, 53-47. The Rams trailed, 43-35, after three quarters, and before pulling out the big guns over the final eight minutes. I'm sure the win was sweet for Edgewood, which suffered its first Chesapeake Division loss to the Huskies on Jan. 11, losing by just four points, 77-73.
26: That's the total number of points scored by Aberdeen and North Harford in the first half of their Wednesday matchup. The two teams went into the halftime break having scored 13 points apiece. North Harford has been in more low-scoring affairs this season than anyone, and if they weren't so plagued by injuries, and a bit more steady in late-game situations, they'd be right up there near the top of the standings.