Two years after their first shot at a regional crown ended with a five-point loss in the title game, the Patterson Mill Huskies stamped their ticket back to the championship matchup Wednesday with a 60-47 victory over visiting Fallston in the 2A East Section I final.
The Huskies made it all the way to the 2A East championship contest in 2012, only to have their season ended with a 47-42 road defeat at the hands of Easton. A rematch is possible in this year's final – the second-seeded Huskies will square off with the winner of Thursday's 2A East Section II final between Wicomico and Easton. The venue and start time of that game has not yet been announced.
Patterson Mill and Fallston came into Wednesday's game with very different tournament experiences. The Huskies followed an opening-round bye with a 79-41 drubbing of third-seeded Harford Tech, while the fifth-seeded Cougars escaped their opening-round contest at Elkton with a 55-53 win, then edged host North East 47-45 in the sectional semifinal.
In Wednesday's matchup, the Huskies held a 29-23 lead heading into the halftime break.
Patterson Mill's C.J. Keyser poured in 27 points to lead all scorers. Rahmon Felder netted 19 points in the victory, Bryce Butler had nine points, Dajuan Madden scored three points and Malik Bonds had two.
Travis Greenwood led Fallston in scoring with a 16-point showing and sibling teammate Jordan Greenwood came up with 11 points. Kyle Tyree had nine points in the loss and Gus Makres scored seven points. Ben Lodanski registered four points for the Cougars.
Edgewood headed to finals
One night after making it off of rival Aberdeen's home court with a season-extending, three-point victory, the sixth-seeded Edgewood Rams came up with more magic on Wednesday in the 3A North Section II finals, beating top-seeded host Dundalk, 76-71.
Edgewood made it to the sectional final with a 72-69 victory over Aberdeen, and a 57-53 win against North Harford in the tournament's opening round last Friday.
With the victory, the Rams move on to Friday's 3A North title game, which will see them play the winner of Thursday's Section I final between Milford Mill and Woodlawn. The venue and start time for the regional final has not been announced.
Joppatowne moving on
Four days after they were forced to forfeit their hard-won UCBAC boys basketball crown because of a practice violation, the Joppatowne Mariners seemed to put the punishment behind them Tuesday night, hammering fourth-seeded host Perryville, 80-53, in the 1A East Section I semifinal round.
Edgewood, Fallston and Patterson Mill also won Tuesday in the boys state basketball playoffs.
The top-seeded Mariners, originally scheduled to play on their home court through at least through the sectional final, were also penalized by having to travel for all of their tournament games.
Following a tight first quarter which saw Joppatowne take an 11-9 lead, the Mariners opened up in the second quarter, outscoring the Panthers, 22-10, to take a 33-19 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Mariners poured in 27 points to Perryville's 17 through the third quarter.
Khalil Gore led the Mariners in scoring with 18 points, while also racking up seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Gary Blackston had 17 points, four assists and a team-best 12 rebounds for Joppatowne, while teammate Sir Nicolas Phillips had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Rashaad Gore posted 10 points, five rebounds and led the Mariners in blocked shots with two. Dominic Smith scored nine points and had two steals in the victory, while Jermaine Head Jr. had seven points, eight assists and five steals. Will Veney netted five points, and fellow Mariner Malik Pender had three points.
In the sectional final game on Thursday, the Mariners travel to play the winner of a Wednesday matchup between third-seeded Colonel Richardson and second-seeded Kent County. The start time for the sectional final had not yet been announced.
Patterson Mill slams Harford Tech
The second-seeded Patterson Mill Huskies won handily Tuesday night in the 2A East Section I semifinals, defeating visiting third seed Harford Tech, 79-41.
The Huskies led, 38-17, at halftime.
Bryce Butler scored 20 points to pace the Patterson Mill offense and Rahmon Felder added 18 points. C.J. Keyser had 13 points for the Huskies and Chris Lorenzo posted 11. Dajuan Madden had six points and Malik Bonds had four.
Harford Tech's Darius Dangerfield had 11 points and four steals in the loss; Fred Gordon also netted 11 points. Tyler Mister registered nine points and Elijah Council pulled down a team-best 10 rebounds.
CMW knocked out
The C. Milton Wright boys suffered a season-ending loss Tuesday, as the fourth-seeded Mustangs were topped, 66-62, by top-seeded host Dundalk in the 3A North Section II semifinal round.
The Mustangs led, 31-24, heading into the halftime break.
Sibling teammates Connor Bays and Corey Bays were the Mustangs' top two scorers, posting 18 and 16 points, respectively. Connor Bays also put up team-best totals of five rebounds and three steals.
Mychal Stefanides had 12 points and three steals in the loss, while teammate Chris Kiley had seven points. CMW's Kyle Harkins netted five points.
Edgewood outguns Aberdeen
In an All-Harford County, All-Chesapeake Division 3A North Section II showdown at Aberdeen Tuesday, the third-seeded Edgewood Rams came out on top with a 72-69 victory over the second-seeded Eagles.
Roderick Harrison had the hot hand for Edgewood, scoring a team-best 21 points.
Aberdeen's Lavell McCullers netted 27 points to lead all scorers and grabbed a team-best 15 rebounds. Jaleel Gibson scored 19 points for the Eagles, and Darryn Garner hit for 12.
Fallston edges North East
Just two points separated fifth-seeded Fallston and top-seeded host North East on Tuesday at the 2A East Section I semifinal contest, and luckily for the visiting Cougars, those two points went their way, allowing them to make off with a season-extending 47-45 win.
The two teams were tied, 22-22, after two quarters of play.
Ben Lodanski had 12 points in the victory, while Travis Greenwood and Kyle Tyree both posted 10.
Fallston made it to the sectional semifinal with another two-point victory in the opening round, having defeated fourth-seeded Elkton, 55-53.