The John Carroll boys basketball squad delivered at home Friday evening, holding on to a one-point advantage through the final whistle of their matchup with the visiting St. Frances Academy Panthers to notch a 42-41 victory.
In their last 10 meetings with the Panthers, the Patriots have come out with victories nine times.
Rodney Elliott, who hit the game-winning three-pointer in John Carroll's 39-37 victory over McDonogh on Jan. 14, came through again in this contest, knocking down a two-point field goal in the game's waning seconds to put the Patriots up by one. Elliott finished the contest with 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds.
The Panthers took possession of the ball for the final time with four seconds left on the clock, and managed to get off a three-point attempt from the corner, but there to swat the shot into the stands was Patriot forward Mike Owona.
John Carroll's Kimbal Mackenzie had nine points, three assists, two steals and one rebounds, while teammate Jordan Martin posted five points, three rebounds and three assists.
Mike Owona posted five rebounds and one block, while teammate and brother Lionel Owona had nine rebounds and two points.
The Patriots' Malik Tyne came through with eight points, three rebounds, three steals and one block. Michael Tertsea had three points, three rebounds and one assist in the win.
Last Wednesday, the Patriots earned another tight victory, beating host Glenelg Country School, 54-52.
Having his best night of the season thus far, Elliott finished with 27 points, five assists, one steal and one block.
Mike Owona registered 12 rebounds, six points, two steals and one block, while Tyne had six points, six rebounds and one steal.
Mackenzie came through with eight points and two assists in the victory. Lionel Owona had three rebounds and one assist.
Aberdeen edges Patterson Mill
The Aberdeen Eagles earned a huge Chesapeake (upper) Division win on Friday night, edging the host Patterson Mill Huskies, 51-49.
Aberdeen trailed at halftime, 24-19.
Tyril Rozier led the winning squad with a 19-point effort, while teammate Darryn Garner came through with 14 points. Eric Briggs scored eight points in the victory.
Aberdeen's Maurice Harris led his team in rebounds with nine, while teammate Alex Funcheon had eight. Briggs and Rozier both dished out a team-high three assists.
Patterson Mill's Khalid Smith notched a team-best 15 points, while fellow Husky Bryce Butler netted eight points. Mike Reed scored seven points in the loss, and teammate C.J. Felder had five points.
The victory put Aberdeen at 7-4 overall, and 5-1 in Chesapeake Division contests. Patterson Mill fell to 8-4 overall, and 5-1 against upper-division foes.
Joppatowne continues streak
The Joppatowne Mariners (9-2 overall, 7-0 Susquehanna) kept their Susquehanna (lower) Division winning streak alive on Friday night with a 75-70 home victory over the Bel Air Bobcats (8-4 overall, 5-2 Susquehanna), despite a season high league scoring effort by Bel Air's Tyler Norcross.