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Boys basketball: Bel Air wins easily Monday

The Bel Air Bobcats picked up a road victory Monday night, beating the North East Indians, 58-36. With the victory, the Bobcats improved to 7-9 overall and 6-4 in Susquehanna (lower) Division play.

In Monday's game, Bel Air ran out to a 14-7 lead by the end of the first quarter and led, 30-11, at halftime after outscoring the Indians 16-4 in the second quarter. Heading into the fourth quarter, the Bobcats led, 46-26.

Leading the way for the winning side was Tyler Norcross, who posted 12 points and nine rebounds. Chris Murdock, Juwan Singletary and Parker Jones had identical lines, with each contributing 10 points to the Bel Air offense.

Rams over Aberdeen

Edgewood boys basketball coach Austin Hill knew his team needed a victory Friday night in the Rams home-court showdown with Aberdeen, and the host squad came through, beating the visiting Eagles, 55-50.

With the victory, Edgewood (12-4 overall) improved to 8-1 in Chesapeake (upper) Division play, while Aberdeen fell to 7-3 against Chesapeake opponents and 10-6 overall.

"We knew what was at stake tonight, in the conference and Chesapeake Division," Hill said after the game. "We figured that we had to beat Aberdeen a second time, come out with a win, to stay in this. Tonight, we controlled the tempo of the game very well; it was in our hands pretty much start to finish."

As in their previous victory over Aberdeen, the Rams came through with a stellar defensive showing.

"We always like to come out in a press, and tonight we used a tight, man-to-man coverage," Hill said. "We limited Aberdeen to four points in the second quarter, and I've got to commend my guys on that. Aberdeen is a top-flight team, and to hold them to four points for eight minutes, that's tough."

In closing out their Chesapeake Division schedule, the Rams still have to matchups with Havre de Grace, C. Milton Wright and Fallston left to play.

"Out of those teams, Fallston is definitely the most dangerous," Hill said. "They're heating up right now, and they're a very disciplined team. Last time we played them, they were lighting it up from the floor. I think they missed two shots in the first 10 minutes. We basically had to play a perfect game to come out with a one-point victory. When we play them again, the plan is to make them play our game, try to get them hurrying shots and passes so we get some turnovers."

Huskies remain undefeated

The Patterson Mill Huskies continued their UCBAC unbeaten run on Friday night, dispatching the visiting Bel Air Bobcats, 71-56.

The game was tied at 34 at the halftime buzzer.

Pacing the Huskies (13-2 overall, 11-0 Susquehanna) on offense was J.J. Butler, who posted 29 points. Garett Burkhead had 14 points in the victory, while Malik Bonds netted 10.

Bel Air (6-9 overall, 5-4 Susquehanna) was paced by Tyler Norcross, who dropped 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Juwan Singletary had 11 points in the loss and fellow Bobcats Chris Murdock scored 10 and Derek Spanellis netted eight.

Mariners sink Eagles

Playing on the road Friday, the Joppatowne Mariners won big, defeating the Bo Manor Eagles, 69-39.

At halftime, the visitors led 33-14.

Markell Huggins was Joppatowne's top contributor, putting up 21 points, six rebounds and five assists. Trevon Mosley had 14 points, four steals and a team-high 13 rebounds in the win, while teammate Lavelle Banks came through with 10 points. Terrell Adams scored eight points for Joppatowne and Keith Alexander had six.

Mustangs trample Cougars

The C. Milton Wright boys earned a victory at home Friday night, defeating the Fallston Cougars, 58-40.

CMW (8-8 overall, 5-5 Chesapeake) trailed 17-15 after a slow opening half, but had built a 29-23 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Mychal Stefanides led the Mustangs with 22 points, 14 of which came in a fourth-quarter blitz, four assists and three steals. Sam Hahner had nine points and a team-best nine rebounds in the victory, while teammate Conner Bays had seven points and six rebounds. CMW's Kevin Dorsey came through with eight points, four assists and four steals. Matt Kline scored six points for the Mustangs.

Wyatt Alexander and Jason Lawrence each scored seven points to pace the Cougars, while John Makres had six points.

With the loss, Fallston fell to 2-15 overall and 2-7 in Chesapeake (upper) Division play.

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