Back on the court, less than 24 hours since the last tip, C. Milton Wright and host Harford Tech waged battle Wednesday evening for the lead in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division boys basketball standings.
Tech (5-2, 9-3) started fast, but CMW (6-1, 11-3) caught up and then pulled away for an comfortable, 70-53, win.
The win gives the Mustangs a little cushion over Tech and Joppatowne, who the Mustangs have beaten twice.
“Coming from the loss to Patterson Mill, we knew we had to step it up,” senior Imran Husain said. “Yesterday against Joppatowne was a huge performance and we kind of just carried that with us into this game.”
The Mustangs took a few minutes to find the momentum, falling behind 6-0 in the opening minute.
A 10-2 run, though, got the Mustangs going and they just kept going. The game was tied at 12, but CMW scored the next four and led 20-15 at the end of the first quarter.
The Mustangs lead quickly grew to 10, 27-17, 1:20 into the second quarter. Another 10-2 run for CMW and the lead was 18, 37-19.
“We came out, we had some specific things we wanted to run on offense to start and we didn’t actually run it,” Mustangs coach Jon Stefanides said. “We had some kids run it and some kids running something else, had to make some changes and once we made the changes we got the ball inside and Corey [Patterson] did a nice job challenging Anthony [Ifeacho]. Anthony’s a great player, picked up a couple fouls and I think that turned everything around for them.”
Ifeacho had four of the Cobras 15, first quarter points. He had one free throw made the rest of the way.
Husain, who led all scorers with 25 points, scored eight in the second quarter and and nine more in the third. The Mustangs lead at half was 17, 43-26.
Both teams struggled a bit offensively to begin the second half, with the teams combining for 10 points with under four minutes to play in the quarter. The action and scoring picked up with CMW leading 57-38 into the final quarter.
The lead grew to its largest, 20, on Brett Lindsey’s (nine points) three-point shot. Tech outscored CMW 15-13 in the final quarter to cut the final margin to 17.
Quincy Haughton added 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Mustangs. Ryan Miller dished out four assists and Patterson finished with six points and four blocks.
Laday Cooper led the Tech efforts with 15 points (12 in second half) and Jordan Bright added 13 points.
“Let’s just say it’s very disappointing. Sometimes we have to question our hearts from the coaches down and it’s disappointing to play a game that meant so much tonight, even though it’s early in the season, the battle to continue to try to bring Harford Tech up and to put in a dud like this, it was just disappointing,” Tech coach Bill Jones said.
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