With victories Monday night, the Joppatowne Mariners and Bel Air Bobcats took UCBAC boys basketball titles in their respective divisions.
The Joppatowne boys defeated Patterson Mill, 65-58, to finish on top in the Chesapeake (upper) Division, while Bel Air dispatched Perryville, 83-74, to earn the Susquehanna (lower) Division crown.
The two squads will meet Wednesday in the UCBAC Championship game at C. Milton Wright. The opening tipoff for that contested will be at 7 p.m.
Joppatowne wins two
Playing their final Chesapeake contest on the road Monday, the Joppatowne Mariners cemented their position atop the division with a 65-58 win over host Patterson Mill.
Joppatowne wrapped up with a 16-4 overall mark and a 10-2 record in upper-division games. Patterson Mill fell to 11-8 and 6-6 against Chesapeake opponents.
Gary Blackston had a season-best performance for the Mariners, pouring in 31 points. Jermaine Head Jr. netted 15 points, Khalil Gore had 10 and Rashaad Gore scored six points for Joppatowne.
Patterson Mill's Dajuan Madden had a team-best 18 points and C.J. Keyser posted 16. Rahmon Felder had 12 points in the loss, while Malik Bonds scored seven points.
In a Saturday matchup that would decide who emerged as champion of the Chesapeake Division, the Mariners hammered visiting Aberdeen, 68-46.
Joppatowne led, 32-24, at halftime.
Blackston had 25 points, 11 rebounds and one steal, while Head contributed 14 points, six rebounds, five steals and a game-high 11 assists. Khalil Gore scored 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals, while Sir Nicolas Phillips had 12 points, 11 rebounds and one steal. Rashaad Gore scored two points and pulled down 11 rebounds.
Bel Air tops Perryville
Like their future opponent in the upcoming UCBAC championship game, the Bel Air boys wrapped up a division title Monday with an 83-74 road win over Perryville.
The win put the Bobcats at 13-8 overall and 11-2 in Susquehanna Division matchups.
CMW ends Aberdeen's run
On Monday, C. Milton Wright ended Aberdeen's bid for a Chesapeake Division title, with the visiting Mustangs defeating the Eagles, 78-75.
Aberdeen, which had a 9-1 division mark as of Friday, fell to 9-3 in Chesapeake contests and 11-6 overall. CMW improved to 14-7 overall and 8-4 in the upper division.
The Eagles led, 31-28, at halftime.
CMW's Connor Bays had 17 points and posted team-high totals of six rebounds and three steals. Kyle Harkins scored 17 in the victory, while Mychal Stefanides, who passed the 1,000 career points mark on Friday, added 14 tallies, nine assists and three steals. Marcus Sampson had 10 points and Jamal Worthington had seven.
Aberdeen's Jaleel Gibson led all scorers with 28 points, while Tyril Rozier netted 16 points.