The third-seeded Dulaney boys basketball team used speed and quickness to establish early supremacy and breezed past visiting and sixth-seeded Bel Air, 93-45, in a Class 4A North Regional first-round playoff game Friday night in Timonium.
Five Dulaney players scored in double figures: Joey O’Dwyer (18 points), Kyndle Jones (18), Alex Kassolis (15), Lamont Sanders (13) and Jaylen Wiggins (12).
Jahari Carmichael led Bel Air with 12 points and Michael Yetter added 10.
Dulaney (17-5) advances onto play second-seeded and host Kenwood at 7 p.m. Monday.
“They are long and athletic and bigger than us,” said Dulaney coach Matt Lochte, comparing the Bluebirds to his guard-oriented team. “But we love our guard play and if we can get our guys to put the ball in the basketball consistently, we like our chances.”
Dulaney simply overwhelmed Bel Air.
The Lions jumped out to a 19-5 lead in the first seven minutes.
They had four layups during that stretch and both O’Dwyer and Marco Vogel hit three-pointers.
Dulaney pushed the lead to 26-7 by the end of the first quarter on the Bobcats (4-15).
“They have a high-octane offense and they will put up a lot of points on the board,” Bel Air coach Anthony Blackburn said of a team that averages 80 points a game. “We tried to contain them as best we could. We didn’t get back on defense, which really, really hurt us.
“We switched to a 2-3 zone later on the game to slow them down so they couldn’t run,” he added. “We did everything we could.”
Dulaney held a 41-23 lead at the intermission.
O’Dwyer, a 6-foot-2 sharpshooting senior guard, had 15 points in the first half.
Midway through the third quarter, the Lions hiked their advantage to 55-26.
“Joey and Alex shoot the ball well and score,” Lochte said of his two leading scorers. “But we have multiple players who can score. It makes it a hard matchup for teams if they have a defensive stopper or two. They can’t matchup with all five guys.”
Bel Air shot 51 percent from the field, but the Bobcats were 11-for-21 from the freethrow line.
Jake Vazquez (7), Ali Husain (5), Jimmy Nicol (5) and Josh Holcomb (1) accounted for the rest of Bel Air's points.
Dulaney junior guard Cole Harshman chipped in eight points and eight rebounds for Dulaney.
Javon Smith (4), Pat Fitzgerald (3) and Vogel (2) also scored for the Lions.