Towson High coach Tim Gavin hardly enjoyed his team's performance Tuesday night. Watching the Generals (7-13) fall to Aberdeen, 51-47, in a Class 3A North Region quarterfinal was frustrating for Gavin, given the number of opportunities they had to overcome the Eagles from Harford County, who had to travel to Towson as a lower seed after forfeiting the first 15 games of the season for using an ineligible player.
Regardless, the Eagles parlayed a 27-25 halftime advantage into a 10-point lead heading into the final period when the Generals made a belated run to make the final score close.
"We had a lot of chances," said Gavin, whose squad followed a similar path in many of its losses this season. "We were just trying to get back into the game, but we missed the front end of three one-and-ones in the fourth quarter. We missed a lot of layups, too."
The Generals were a woeful 6-for-14 from the free throw line, dooming their comeback bid.
As usual, senior Chance Goldring led Towson with 15 points, a hair below his team-leading 16.5 points-per-game average this season.
Goldring started hot, scoring eight points in the first quarter before being cooled off by foul trouble.
Because the Generals average only 45 points per game, having to play some key minutes without their leading scorer made their job much more difficult.
"When he doesn't score, we can't be very competitive," Gavin said.
Forward Charlie O'Melia, though, was a pleasant surprise in the contest.
The 6-foot-5 junior pulled down a season-best 11 rebounds, prompting Gavin to say it was O'Melia's "best game of the year. He was a monster on the boards and played great defense, too."
All in all, though, Gavin was, understandably, disappointed in the outcome.
"I thought we played hard," he said. "We just didn't execute well at all."