The top-seeded Joppatowne Mariners walked all over visiting fourth seed Rising Sun on Friday in the 2A East District VII Sectional semifinal contest, and in so doing set up a rematch of the down-to-the-wire UCBAC title game that they lost to Edgewood last month.
Joppatowne, which bashed Rising Sun, 78-32, in Friday's sectional semifinal, will host the second-seeded Edgewood Rams on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The last time the two teams met was at the UCBAC title game on Feb. 20, when the Rams edged the Mariners, 59-55.
"You couldn't script a movie better than this," Joppatowne head coach Jermaine Head Sr. said following Friday's game. "Going into the regional finals, you don't want any of your games to be cakewalks. You want a challenge so you know you're playing the best you can. Every time we play Edgewood, it's a good game, so we're all looking forward to Tuesday."
Joppatowne's Khalil Gore had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Friday's victory, while teammate Matt Jones also knocked down 13 points.
The Mariners' Markell Huggins had 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals, while Jermaine Head Jr. contributed 10 points and six assists. Gary Blackston had 10 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for Joppatowne, while Keith Alexander had six points, five assists and four steals. Sean Tanner and Tyler McDougal both netted six points in the win.
Joppatowne led Rising Sun, 46-10, at halftime.
Edgewood over Havre de Grace in 2A East
The Edgewood Rams are still alive, but the Havre de Grace Warriors were knocked out of the boys basketball playoffs Thursday night.
The second-seeded Rams extended their season Thursday by topping visiting sixth seed Fallston, 59-47, in the Class 2A East District VII Sectional semifinal.
With the victory, Edgewood earned a spot in Tuesday's sectional final, in which they will play a 6 p.m. contest with the winner of Friday's game between top-seeded Joppatowne and fourth-seeded Rising Sun. If the Rams have to play Joppatowne, they will do so on the road, but if Rising Sun wins, Edgewood will host the sectional title matchup.
In the Thursday semifinal game, Edgewood was led in scoring by Jaleel Gibson, who poured in a game-best 14 points. Edgewood's Kevin Ringgold had nine points in the victory, while teammate Roderick Harrison had eight.
Fallston's John Makres and Wyatt Alexander both scored a team-high 12 points in the loss. Zach Pembroke scored six points for the Cougars.
Havre de Grace knocked out
The Havre de Grace Warriors' 2012-13 campaign came to a close Thursday night, when the ninth-seeded Warriors were knocked out of the Class 1A North regional tournament with a 69-50 road loss to top-seeded New Town.
Lavell McCullers had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, while teammate Kris Yancey contributed 13 points in the defeat.