With the Fallston boys trailing by two and the final seconds of Friday's basketball contest at Joppatowne ticking away, the Cougars' Gus Makres sank a three-point shot just before the buzzer sounded to hand his team a 63-62 victory over the host-team Mariners.
Prior to the last-second defeat Friday, Joppatowne (8-3 overall) had not been beaten in four previous Chesapeake (upper) Division games. Fallston (7-6 overall), on the other hand, came into the contest with a 1-2 mark against upper-division foes.
Fallston's white knight, Makres, finished the game with 15 points.
Ben Lodanski had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars, while teammate Kyle Tyree posted 16 points and eight rebounds.
Joppatowne's leading offensive force was Gary Blackston, who posted a game-best 21 points, while also registering five rebounds and six steals.
Sir Nicolas Phillips had 17 points, three steals and a team-high 14 rebounds in the loss, while fellow Mariner Khalil Gore had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. Jermaine Head Jr. put up nine points, five rebounds, five steals and led the Mariners in assists with 10. Rashaad Gore posted five points, six rebounds and one block.
Aberdeen drops C. Milton Wright
The Aberdeen Eagles (6-2 overall, 4-1 Chesapeake) took a big road victory on Friday night, handing the C. Milton Wright Mustangs (5-5 overall, 2-3 Chesapeake) a 61-55 defeat.
Aberdeen led at halftime, 24-20.
Jaleel Gibson scored 17 points to pace the Aberdeen offense, and Tyril Rozier contributed 11 points to the winning tally. Darryn Garner netted nine points, and teammate Lavell McCullers came through with eight points. Aberdeen's Ben Richardson came through with seven points.
CMW's Mychal Stefanides led all scorers with a 25-point effort. Will Hazelton led the Mustangs in assists with six and steals with three. Corey Bays had eight points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Jamal Worthington scored 11 points.
Havre de Grace over Bo Manor
The Havre de Grace took a long trip into Cecil County on Friday night, but it proved to be worth it, as they came back home later with a 56-38 Susquehanna (lower) Division win over the Bo Manor Eagles.
The win put Havre de Grace at 3-6 overall, and 3-2 against lower-division opponents.
Jordan Hawthorne had 15 points and five steals, while Shawn Whittaker posted 12 points. Geno Nappi helped the winning side with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Zayrron Blake had eight points and 10 rebounds.
Bel Air knocks off Harford Tech
Bel Air took a home court victory over Harford Tech Friday, and very nearly touched the 100-point barrier, with the Bobcats dispatching the visiting Cobras, 94-65.
The win put Bel Air at 6-4 overall and 5-0 in the Susquehanna Division. Harford Tech fell to 5-4 on the season, and 2-2 in lower-division play.
Following a 29-point outburst in the second quarter, Bel Air went into halftime with a 54-36 advantage.
Jahari Carmichael had 22 points and four assists for the Bobcats, while Tom Keller posted 18 points and nine rebounds. Kevin Morrissey notched 14 points and nine rebounds, while C.J. Simmons had 12 points and six assists. Bel Air's John Gallina had 10 points.
Edgewood over North Harford
The Edgewood Rams (4-5 overall, 1-2 Chesapeake) earned their first upper-division victory on Friday, knocking off host-team North Harford, 51-44.
North Harford (2-11 overall, 0-5 Chesapeake) led the visitors, 24-22, at halftime.
North Harford's Andrew Klapka had 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nic Hammer put up 10 points and six rebounds in the loss. Ryan Feiss had 10 points, five steals and four assists for the Hawks, and Zach Stike pulled down seven rebounds.
Joppatowne defeats Southwestern
The Joppatowne Mariners, top dogs in the UCBAC's Chesapeake (upper) Division, won a non-conference road game Thursday evening, dispatching Southwestern, 65-53.
With the win, Joppatowne (4-0 Chesapeake) improved to 8-2 on the season.
The Mariners led, 33-29, at the halftime break.
Khalil Gore led the Mariners in scoring with a 17-point effort, with Sir Nicolas Phillips adding 16 points. Gary Blackston and Jermaine Head Jr. each scored 14 points for Joppatowne.
Phillips pulled down 16 rebounds to pace the Mariners in that department, while Blackston had 11.
Head dished out a team-best nine assists and also led Joppatowne in steals with five. Phillips had three assists and two steals, while Blackston posted four steals and a team-high two blocked shots.
Patterson Mill over Douglass
Playing host to Baltimore's Frederick Douglass squad Thursday night, the Patterson Mill Huskies (8-3 overall, 3-2 Chesapeake) emerged from the non-conference matchup with a 52-40 victory.
The Huskies were leading, 31-19, heading into the third quarter.
C.J. Keyser had a season-best performance, scoring in 31 points.
Rahmon Felder had 12 points for the Huskies, while Bryce Butler had four.
Bel Air over Bo Manor
The Bel Air Bobcats earned a Susquehanna (lower) Division win Thursday, beating the visiting Bo Manor Eagles, 86-57.
The victory boosted Bel Air over the .500 mark for the season at 5-4 and put the Bobcats at 4-0 in lower-division play.
Bel Air led the visitors, 24-14, after one quarter and were up at halftime, 43-29.
Bel Air's C.J. Simmons had 18 points, six assists and five steals, while Calvin Fleagle contributed 15 points and five steals.
The John Carroll boys ended a tough, nine-game stretch of road matchups last Wednesday evening with a 64-55 win over Glenelg Country School.
Eli Long led the Patriots, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
John Carroll's Kimbal Mackenzie had 14 points, two steals and a team-high six assists, while teammate Mike Tertsea came through with 14 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Malik Tyne had seven points, three rebounds, one steal and one block in the victory, while Kevin Kangu contributed five points, two rebounds and one assist. Jordan Martin put up three points, three rebounds and one assist for John Carroll.