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.
Patriots win, lose in BCL tourney
The John Carroll Patriots lost, 52-47, at UMBC on Sunday to Calvert Hall in the semifinal round of the Baltimore Catholic League Championships.
The Patriots' Jordan Martin had 14 points, three assists, two rebounds and one steal. Kimbal Mackenzie added 13 points, three steals, two assists and one rebound, while Eli Long had seven points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal. Mike Tertsea contributed five points, four rebounds, one assist and one block, while Malik Tyne had six rebounds and four points. Lionel Owona posted three rebounds and two points in the loss.
The Patriots opened the tournament on Friday with a 57-42 win over Archbishop Spalding.
Owona had nine points, three blocks, two steals and a team-high 13 rebounds. Mackenzie led John Carroll in scoring with 18 points, and also notched four assists, two rebounds and two steals. Tyne ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds and one block. Long registered 10 points, four assists and three rebounds.
Stefanides passes 1,000
Needing 11 tallies on Friday night to pass the 1,000 career point barrier, C. Milton Wright junior Mychal Stefanides did one better, netting 12 to help the Mustangs post a 62-56 win over the visiting Fallston Cougars.
Stefanides, who got to 989 career points on Thursday in CMW's win over North Harford, also posted four steals in the victory.
The Mustangs led, 34-29, at halftime.
Corey Bays scored a team-high 17 points for CMW, while teammate and sibling Connor Bays had 11 points, four steals and a team-best five assists. Chris Kiley had seven points and led CMW in rebounds with eight, while Marcus Sampson and Kyle Harkins each had six points.
Fallston's Travis Greenwood led all scorers with a 27-point effort, while Kyle Tyree had nine points and a game-best 10 rebounds.
The victory pushed CMW to 12-6 overall, and 7-4 in Chesapeake (upper) Division contests. Fallston fell to 8-12 for the season, and 2-11 against upper-division teams.
Patterson Mill defeats Edgewood
The Patterson Mill Huskies earned a tight victory on their home court Friday, defeating the Edgewood Rams, 79-75.
Leading Patterson Mill (10-6 overall, 6-5 Chesapeake) in scoring was C.J. Keyser with 22 points. Bryce Butler had 15 points in the victory and Rahmon Felder posted 13. Malik Bonds scored 12 points for the Huskies and Ben Adams had eight.
Edgewood's Roderick Harrison had 17 points, while Tyrone KcKisset and Kevin Ringgold both had 13 points. Keyon Williams posted 12 points in the loss and Immanuel Gladden-Stokes scored 11.
Aberdeen over North Harford
Playing their first game in more than a week on Friday, the Aberdeen Eagles (11-4 overall, 9-1 Chesapeake) earned a 60-51 victory over host North Harford (5-16 overall, 1-10 Chesapeake).
North Harford's Andrew Klapka had a career-high 26 points in the loss, while Colin Keating scored 10, also a career-high total.
Aberdeen led, 27-17 at halftime.
CMW over North Harford
The C. Milton Wright boys basketball team took an UCBAC Chesapeake Division victory on Thursday, knocking off host North Harford, 58-32.
For CMW's Mychal Stefanides, his 11 points left him at 989 career tallies, just 11 short of the 1,000-point barrier. The junior guard also led his team in assists with five.
Corey Bays paced the Mustangs in scoring with 15 points and posted a team-high three steals. CMW's Ben Halsey and Roby Appleby both scored eight points, while Marcus Sampson had five points and paced the winning side in rebounds with nine. Henry Cuffee and Kyle Harkins both had four points in the victory.
Brett Hurley netted nine points to lead North Harford in scoring.
HdG edged in overtime
The Havre de Grace Warriors suffered a tough loss Thursday, dropping a home-court contest with Elkton, 69-67, in overtime.
The defeat knocked Havre de Grace down to 6-11 for the season and 6-6 in Susquehanna Division contests.
The Warriors' Sean Whittaker scored 20 points, while Chop Jones had 14 points and a game-best 14 rebounds. Havre de Grace's Zayrron Blake pulled down 13 rebounds.
Joppatowne beats North East
The Joppatowne boys took a non-division victory in their Thursday matchup, topping the visiting North East Indians, 58-43.
Joppatowne (8-2 Chesapeake) improved to 13-5 overall with the win.
Joppatowne's Sir Nicolas Phillips had a team-best 17 points, while also posting 12 rebounds and four steals. Jermaine Head Jr. had 15 points, eight rebounds, six steals and a team-high nine assists in the victory, while Gary Blackston had 12 points, nine rebounds, six steals and three assists. Khalil Gore registered eight points, seven rebounds, five steals and five assists for the Mariners.