BY DEWEY FOX, email@example.com
10:58 PM EST, January 6, 2014
The Joppatowne Mariners held on to take an important Chesapeake (upper) Division boys basketball victory on Monday night, edging the host Patterson Mill Huskies, 54-50.
The victory put Joppatowne into a tie with Aberdeen for first place in the division race. Both teams are 2-0 against Chesapeake foes.
Patterson Mill fell to 1-1 in upper-division games.
Joppatowne trailed, 14-8, after the first quarter of play, but managed to take a 27-25 halftime lead by outscoring the hosts, 19-11, in the second quarter. The Mariners extended their lead to 40-35 by the end of the third quarter. The Huskies finished strong, outscoring the visitors 15-14 in the final quarter, but it was not enough to catch Joppatowne.
Sir Nicolas Phillips led the winning side in scoring with 18 points. Gary Blackston had 16 points in the victory, and fellow Mariner Khalil Gore posted 15 points. Jermaine Head Jr. netted five points for Joppatowne.
Phillips also paced Joppatowne in rebounds, pulling down 13 boards, while Blackston had 11 rebounds. Gore grabbed seven rebounds.
Head picked off five steals to lead the Mariners in that category, and also dished out a team-high six assists. Gore had four assists, and Blackston posted three.
John Carroll over McDonogh
Playing on the road in an MIAA matchup on Saturday night, the John Carroll Patriots picked up a win over the McDonogh Eagles, beating the hosts, 45-36.
John Carroll head coach Tony Martin indicated that Saturday's win marked the Patriots 13th straight victory over McDonogh.
John Carroll's defense turned in another solid effort, holding the Eagles to 29 percent shooting form the floor, and limiting McDonogh's top scorer, 6-9 Evan Fisher, to nine points in all.
"[Fisher] had nine points in the first half," Martin said. "We adjusted our defensive schemes and held the big man scoreless in the second half."
The Patriots' Kimbal Mackenzie led all scorers with a 19-point effort, while also compiling six rebounds and one steal.
Jordan Martin posted eight points, six rebounds, and a team-high five assists in the victory. Lionel Owona had nine points, six rebounds and one steal for the Patriots.
John Carroll's Eli Long was co-leader in assists with five, led his team in steals with three, scored two points and grabbed two rebounds in a strong all-around performance.