Hammond — No. 6 seed (2A South, Section I)

Record: 4-12 county, 6-17 overall

Best case: All of Hammond's talented pieces finally mesh together to propel the Golden Bears on an improbable postseason run. Senior Robert Gordon (15.2 points per game) continues to carry the scoring load, center Jalen Bourne dominates on both ends of the court and guards Micah Henry and Cameron Stallings alternate hitting big shots. After two close losses during the regular season, coach Mike Salapata's team defeats Glenelg in the first round, then shocks Oakland Mills on its home floor in the sectional semifinals. Those two wins set up a date with River Hill, which in two matchups this season has outscored Hammond by an average of 26 points per game. The Golden Bears don't win, but they stay with the county champion until the final moments to provide a promising ending to a down year.

Nate Pesce / for Baltimore Sun Media Group
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