The Harford Tech boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night Friday with a huge, lopsided win over Bel Air.
The 85-35 non-division win was decided pretty early for the Cobras (16-4), who were playing for a potential home game in the upcoming regional playoffs. It's likely the Cobras or Fallston Cougars (18-4) will advance to the Class 2A east region title game. That game will be here in Harford County.
For the Bobcats (11-9) it was just the end of the regular season.
Tech jumped out to an early 11-3 lead, with senior Darius Dangerfield scoring four points and dishing out three assists that led to the other seven points.
The lead quickly exploded to 20-5, due to a few factors. Tech seemed to make every shot, while Bel Air, when it got a shot, couldn't get one to fall. The Bobcats were rattled by the Cobras' pressure and adding that Devin Anderson was tagged with three fouls in the first six minutes, the Bel Air flow was just not there.
Tech led 31-10 after one quarter, and the lead only got bigger from there. It was 40-12 when Dangerfield made a steal and tossed in a three-point shot from the corner. Dangerfield's three was one of five in the second quarter for the Cobras, who made 11 for the game.
The long-range shooting propelled Tech to a 57-17 halftime lead, which meant a running clock in the second half would end Bel Air and its fans misery a little sooner.
The Cobras outscored the Bobcats, 22-7, in the third quarter to lead 79-24. The Bobcats did outscore the Cobras, 11-6, over the final eight minutes.
Tech senior Dominic Webb, who tossed in four of the three-pointers, led the Cobras with 20 points. "This was big, all three seniors wanted to come out and play big, as our last promised home game," Webb said. "We just wanted to come out with a bang,"
Darius Dangerfield finished with 17 points, while younger brother Jalen Dangerfield and Jordan Bright scored 10 points each.
Michael Yetter scored nine points to lead the Bobcats.
Rams finish with win
Edgewood (16-6) closed regular season play with a road win Friday, beating Bluford Drew/Civitas, 63-50, in non-league play.
Rayshod Hooper led the Rams with 17 points, and Ryan Burgess added 10 points.
Others scoring were Stephanie Levels, nine points; Tiare Waldon, eight; and Maurice Epps, seven.
Huskies win, too
Patterson Mill (3-9, 7-12) also closed the regular season with a win, beating host Elkton (1-11, 7-12) 66-38, in UCBAC Chesapeake Division play.
The Huskies led at half, 29-23.
The Clowney brothers, Rashawn and Rashawd, led the way with 18 points apiece.
Nick Cress also reached double figures with 10.
C. Milton Wright (8-14) did not close with a win, losing at Glenelg Country School, 58-46, in non-league play Friday.
Imran Hussain and Ryan Miller scored 12 points each for the Mustangs. Jack Van Syckle added eight points, six rebounds and six blocks.
Thursday night was a light night for boys high school basketball action. But for the three Harford County teams that played, it was a good night.
Teams from Edgewood, North Harford and Harford Christian each posted wins.
Edgewood's win came on the road at the New Era Academy, 61-53, in non-league play. The Rams were ahead at the half, 30-21.
Senior Ryan Burgess led the win with 27 points 17 rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Others contributing in the win were Tiare Walton, seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists, five steals; Rayshod Hooper, eight points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals; Maurice Epps, three points, five rebounds, two blocks, four assists, five steals; and Jalil Scott, five points, one block, two steals and four rebounds.
Hawks close with win
North Harford (8-6, 10-10) closed its season with a UCBAC Susquehanna Division win in the afternoon. The Hawks beat visiting Bo Manor (2-11, 4-15), 59-44.
Jake Helewicz was the leading scorer for the Hawks with 20 points. He also had four steals. Sam Cornelius added 15 points and eight boards, while Paul Keeney had a great all-around game with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
HCS wins, too
Harford Christian (7-8) was a winner as well, as the Eagles celebrated Senior Night. The Eagles cruised past visiting Red Lion Christian, 66-33.
Darin Miller scored 21 points for the winners, while senior Chris Beirle added 12 points. Fellow seniors contributing were Jordan Tymes with four points and Garret Brophy with three points.