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Oakland Mills spoiled Marriotts Ridge’s senior night on Wednesday.

Deshawn Willis scored a team-high 18 points to lead the way as Oakland Mills earned a 72-46 victory over the Mustangs that keeps the Scorpions tied for first place heading into the final game of the regular season.

Oakland Mills hosts Centennial on Friday and a victory in that game would guarantee at least a share of the county title.

After losing to Reservoir on Monday, its second loss to the Gators this winter, Oakland Mills (16-2, 18-3) came out and built a 39-30 lead at the half on Marriotts Ridge (5-14, 7-15).

Then in the second half, even with the host Mustangs getting 12 points on the night from Greg Speelman, Oakland Mills pulled away to the comfortable victory.

Before the game, Marriotts Ridge senior Robert Davis (10 points) was honored in a special celebration. He was presented with a basketball commemorating becoming the first player in Mustangs program history to score over 1,000 points for their career and he also had his jersey retired.

Oakland Mills crashed the party, however, to now sit on the doorstep of capturing the program’s third county championship in the last four years.

Atholton, which closes with games against Howard on Thursday and then Mt. Hebron on Friday, can secure a share of the title as well by winning out.

Oakland Mills 72, Marriotts Ridge 46

OM (16-2, 18-3): Willis 18, Ndiaye 15, Kiely 10, Williams-Day 8, Powers 6, Bradley 5, Williams 2, DeLarosa 2, Simpson 2, Collins 2, Aaron 2.

MR (5-14, 7-15): Speelman 12, Davis 10, Caffes 7, Bryant 6, Skogmo 5, Stringfellow 4, Sanchez 2.

Half: 39-30 OM.

Other scores:

Glenelg 73, River Hill 66

After losing by 20 points to River Hill earlier this winter, Glenelg came out on Wednesday and earned an impressive victory over the Hawks on senior night. Nick Oates led the way with 17 points for the Gladiators, but it was a balanced scoring effort that saw six guys score eight or more points that was the difference.

On the night, Glenelg hit 10 3-pointers, including three apiece from Oates and Matt Hammert.

In the loss, Charlie Thomas led River Hill with a game-high 30 points. It marks the third time this season that Thomas has reached the 30-point mark.

G (9-10, 11-11): Oates 17, Napolitano 15, Helensky 13, Haussler 10, Hammert 9, Van de Wall 8, Jarboe 1.

RH (12-7, 13-9): Thomas 30, Titus 17, Heitzmann 10, Sandler 7, Patterson 2.

Half: 34-34.

Centennial 60, Long Reach 40

C (12-6, 15-6): White 15, Brown 13, Strothers 12, Conley 8, Clemens 4, Wilkin 2, Fletcher 2, Tignall 2, Wilson 1, An 1.

LR (5-14, 8-14): Lamar 12, Clark 9, Paul 6, Montgomery 5, Carter 3, Barr 3, Menusan 2,

Half: 25-16 C.

Howard 48, Wilde Lake 44 OT (Tuesday)

Ho (6-12, 7-14): Reyna 11, Savage 10, Avery 8, Dargan 6, O'Malley 4, Noble 4, Shuart 2, Robinson 2, Okoye 1.

WL (3-16, 4-17): K. Jackson 15, Evans 11, Ampofo 9, Jordan 5, Lamptey 2, D. Jackson 2.

Half: 27-21 Ho. End of Regulation: 43-43.

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