Two UCBAC boys basketball teams with 1-1 Chesapeake Division records met Thursday night as Patterson Mill hosted Aberdeen.
The Eagles (1-2, 2-5) played the Huskies (2-1, 8-1) tough early on, but the Huskies wore down the visitors en route to an 61-50 win.
“It means a lot to us, you know, we’ve had this team since last year, so we have the chemistry,” senior forward Rashawn Clowney said about the win. “We’ve been really grinding in practice, we strive to be the best all the time. Thatmgtbe mentality we have.”
Aberdeen matched the Huskies basket-by-basket in the first quarter and actually led 13-12 at the end of the quarter.
The Eagles scored the first basket in the second quarter, but Patterson Mill quickly slid ahead, 18-15, on back-to-back three’s from Dmitri Robinson and Dale Harris.
Aberdeen stormed back with four straight points, the final three coming on a three-point play from Kai Davis. Aberdeen led, 19-18.
A Phil Greene three, Tre Gross follow and a Davis basket pushed the Eagles to an 26-20 lead. Patterson Mill called timeout with 3:51 to play in the half.
The Huskies responded out of the stoppage, outscoring the Eagles 10-2 the rest of the half. That sent the Huskies to the half, leading, 30-28.
Patterson Mill outscored Aberdeen 6-2 in the first two minutes of the second half. The lead was 40-33 after Rashawd Clowney stole the ball and then assisted Ahmir Felder’s layup with a behind-the-back pass.
The Huskies lead grew to 42-33 and Aberdeen coach Patrick Mull called timeout with 3:40 remaining in the third quarter.
The Eagles stayed in range, but Harris sank his fourth and final three-point shot to close the quarter. The Huskies lead was 49-41.
The Huskies quickly pushed the lead to double-digits and the lead was 55-43 on Rashawn Clowney’s breakaway and two-hand slam. “I’ll never force it, you just gotta let the game flow and if it comes to me, of course I’ll take it,” Clowney said. “It feels good, it feels great.”
Aberdeen pulled back to within 10 in the quarter, but the Huskies scored enough to keep the comfortable lead. Nick Cress did most of the damage, scoring all nine of his points in the final quarter.
“A couple guys got into some foul trouble, which didn’t help us out,” Aberdeen coach Mull said. “The big thing that stuck out to me is they hit some big shots and we didn’t hit any. We just gotta get back to the drawing board and just work on some shooting drills in practice.”
Rashawn Clowney and Harris scored 13 points each to pace the Huskies. Max Elliott, see action for the first time in a week or so, scored eight points off the bench before going back to it with some soreness in his left ankle.
Davis led Aberdeen with 11 points and Greene had nine. Mo Whitley finished with eight points and Rasaan Beck added seven off the bench.
Cobras beat Cougars
Harford Tech (2-1, 6-2) added a Chesapeake win at Fallston (0-2, 4-2), 65-59, Thursday. Tech led 31-27 at half.
“Hard fought game, we gave up too, many transition buckets in the first quarter,” Cougars coach Brian Hulka said. “Hung around within 10 the entire game, just couldn't string together enough stops or baskets in the fourth quarter to pull even.”
The Cobras had four players in double figures, led by Anthony Ifeacho’s 15 points. Jawaun Lucas added 13 points and Jordan Bright scored 11. Laday Cooper finished with 10 points.
Ethan Sommer scored 21 points to pace Fallston. Ryan Cassedy added 15 points and Mason Mullaney scored nine.
Bobcats lead Susquehanna
Bel Air (3-0, 3-6) hosted and beat Perryville (1-1, 1-3), Thursday night, 64-28, in Susquehanna Division play.
Bel Air was led by junior Ray Burrows’ 10 points and four rebounds. Senior Connor Smith had six points, eight rebounds and three assists and freshman Jaiden Jakubowski chipped in with seven points. Freshman Brandon Kestner added eight points, five rebounds and three blocks.
Bel Air led at halftime, 27-12.
Warriors beat Hawks
Havre de Grace (1-1, 3-4) won its first Susquehanna game Thursday, winning at North Harford (0-2, 2-5), 65-49.
Caprice Butler led the Warriors with 14 points and 12 boards. Jordan White added 16 points.
Mariners beat Rams
Joppatowne (2-1, 5-2) got back in the win column Thursday, defeating visiting Edgewood (0-2, 2-7), 78-59, in Chesapeake play.
The Mariners were in control by half, leading, 43-20.
Montrell Horsey led the Mariners with 23 points, seven assists and five steals. Jalen Morris added 21 points and Jalen Willis contributed 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. DeAnthony Creighton had a team-best nine rebounds.
In the loss, Monzell Ware led the Rams with 15 points, while Stephan Lievers added 12 points. Cameron Edwards had nine 9 points and Rian Watkins added eight points.
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