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Bel Air outlasts Fallston in overtime boys basketball showdown

BY DEWEY FOX, dfox@theaegis.com

11:09 AM EST, January 8, 2013

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The Bel Air Bobcats traveled across town Monday for a non-conference boys basketball contest with the rival Fallston Cougars, and came back home with a 55-48 overtime victory.

With the win, Bel Air (3-0 Susquehanna) improved to 7-3 overall. Fallston (0-2 Chesapeake) fell to 1-6 for the season.

The fourth quarter of the Monday matchup ended with the two squads knotted, 44-44, sending the game to overtime, where Bel Air opened with a 5-0 run and held the lead through the end of the contest.

Bel Air and Fallston played to a 10-10, dead-heat in the first quarter, and at halftime the Bobcats were up, 23-18. By the end of the third quarter, Fallston had fought back to take a 32-30 lead.

Tyler Norcross had 19 points and nine rebounds for Bel Air, while teammate Chris Murdock had 13 points. The Bobcats' Parker Jones had nine points and a team-best four steals.

Huskies top Mustangs

The Patterson Mill Huskies earned an important Chesapeake (upper) Division victory Friday night, topping the visiting C. Milton Wright Mustangs, 63-47.

The Huskies led at the half, 29-20.

Malik Bonds led the Huskies (5-3 overall, 2-0 Chesapeake) in scoring with 17 points, while teammate Mike Reed had 14 points in the victory. Bryce Butler had 12 points for Patterson Mill, while teammate Khalid Smith netted 10 points. Patterson Mill's Kevin Dorsey tallied six points.

The Mustangs (6-2 overall, 1-2 Chesapeake) were led in scoring by Mychal Stefanides, who had 16 points. Will Hazelton netted 14 points in the loss, while Corey Bays posted nine.

Hazelton led the Mustangs in two categories, posting four assists and seven steals, while Logan Keys had a team-high five rebounds.

Harford Christian by three

The host-team Harford Christian Eagles slipped past visiting Mt. Airy Christian on Friday night, 43-40, in overtime.

Sean Hughes scored 11 points and had eight steals in the win, while teammate Zach Dawson also scored 11 points. Nathan Good led the Eagles in blocks with five, and also posted five points. Ryan Redmond and John Wilson both had five points in the victory, while Aurelius Page netted four points.

John Carroll topped on road

In their first regular-season game following a grueling holiday schedule that saw them travel as far as Hawaii, the John Carroll Patriots were topped, 76-67, by host team Mount St. Joe's on Friday evening.

John Carroll's Rodney Elliott had a team best 25 points, while also compiling six rebounds, five assists and one steal. Kimbal Mackenzie had nine points, two rebounds and one steal in the loss, while teammate Jordan Martin had 11 points, one assist and one steal. The Patriots' Mike Owona came through with six points, six rebounds and one steal, while Michael Tertsea had eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block. Trystan Pratapas posted six points, seven rebounds and three assists for John Carroll.

Bobcats bash Bo

The Bel Air Bobcats won big at home Friday night, dispatching the visiting Bo Manor Eagles, 71-34.

The hosts led after the first quarter, 22-11, and were ahead at halftime, 31-21. In the third quarter, Bel Air pulled away by outscoring the visitors, 21-7.

Tyler Norcross led the Bobcats in two categories, scoring 18 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Bel Air's Parker Jones had 10 points and four steals, while fellow Bobcat Juwan Singletary had nine points and seven rebounds.

Warriors lose heartbreaker

The Havre de Grace Warriors (3-4 overall, 2-1 Susquehanna) lost a heartbreaker Friday night, dropping their home court contest with the rival Perryville Panthers, 64-63.

Lavell McCullers led the Warriors with a 24-point, six-rebound performance. Havre de Grace's Zayrron Blake posted 14 points and six rebounds in the loss.

Eagles smash Elks

The Aberdeen Eagles (5-2 overall, 3-0 Chesapeake) dispatched the visiting Elkton Golden Elks on Friday night, 61-21.

Aberdeen's Eric Briggs had 11 points, six assists and two steals, while teammate Tyril Rozier posted 11 points and three assists. Alex Funcheon had eight points, two blocks and a team-best seven rebounds in the victory, while fellow Eagle Darryn Garner scored 10 points. Nate McKinney scored six points for the Eagles.

Edgewood over North Harford

In a low-scoring affair at North Harford Friday night, the Hawks (4-5 overall, 1-2 Chesapeake) were narrowly beaten by the Edgewood Rams, 41-36.

The victory put Edgewood at 5-2 overall and 2-0 in Chesapeake Division play.

Edgewood's Kevin Ringgold led the Rams in scoring with 10 points, while also posting six steals and four rebounds. Jaleel Gibson had nine points, two rebounds, two blocks and two steals in the victory, while teammate Fortune Okigweh put up six points, two blocks and a team-best eight rebounds. The Rams' Detrick Matthews had six points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, while teammate Lenier Tucker notched five points, four rebounds and a team-high six steals. Gibson and Okigweh each blocked two shots.

North Harford's Brock Hurley had 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in the defeat, while teammate Collin Keating had seven points. The Hawks' Nic Hammer had seven points and eight rebounds.

Harford Christian takes one

The Harford Christian Eagles won their Thursday boys basketball MACSAC matchup with Rosedale Baptist, beating the host-team Panthers, 68-47.

"Coming off of the holiday break, there was obviously some rust," Harford Christian Coach Richard Westerlund said. "Especially with our defense, to my surprise. Our rotations were slow, but we were able to get the win, and get the stops we need. We aren't satisfied, and want to get better."

Holding a narrow lead, 44-42, after three quarters, the Eagles stepped up and outscored the hosts, 24-5, over the final eight minutes to seal a victory. Harford Christian was up at halftime, 32-23.

John Wilson led the way for the Eagles, putting up 16 points and seven assists. Phil Good had 15 points in the victory, while teammate and brother Nathan Good came through with eight points, and grabbed a team-best 14 rebounds. Zach Dawson scored 10 points for the Eagles, and Sean Hughes notched six points. Ryan Redmond netted five points in the win, and fellow Eagle Aurelius Page had four points.