In an important UCBAC boys basketball matchup Tuesday night, the Patterson Mill Huskies all but sealed up a Susquehanna (lower) Division crown by edging the host-team Joppatowne Mariners, 59-54.
With the victory, Patterson Mill, which has yet to lose to an UCBAC opponent this season, bumped its record to 14-2 overall and 12-0 in Susquehanna Division play. Joppatowne fell to 13-5 on the year and 10-2 against lower-division opponents – with both of those losses coming at the hands of the Huskies.
Tuesday's contest saw the Huskies run up a 32-26 lead by the halftime break.
Garett Burkhead was Patterson Mill's top scorer, posting 19 points. Malik Bonds netted 12 points in the victory, while fellow Huskies Jay Kuhn and Matt Golczewski each added eight points to the winning tally.
Joppatowne's big gun was Terrell Adams, who scored 13 points, while close behind with a 12-point effort was teammate Trevon Mosley. Matthew Jones and Lavelle Banks each netted 10 points in the loss, while Keith Alexander posted nine points for the Mariners.
Pats win by three
The John Carroll Patriots came home from their Tuesday-night road matchup with a narrow three-point victory, as they topped the host-team McDonogh Eagles, 41-38.
"In a well-played contest by both teams, were the margin for error was slim, [we] performed well in key areas," Patriots head coach Tony Martin said. "[We] shot a perfect 11-for-11 from the foul line, handled the ball well, having only seven turnovers, and kept the big, physical Eagles off the offensive boards, limiting them to five offensive rebounds."
Up by six at one point in the second half, the Patriots found themselves even with their hosts in the final minute of regulation after the Eagles hit a game-tying three pointer. Rising to the occasion was John Carroll's Kamau Stokes, who buried what would be the winning jumper from deep in the left-hand corner after taking a dish from teammate Jarred Jones.
The Eagles, now trailing by a pair of tallies, used two timeouts to set up a shot that would have tied the game back up, but the Patriot defense was able to handle the attempt without fouling, which sealed up the John Carroll victory.
Jones had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists in the victory, while Stokes came through with 13 points, one assist, one steal and one rebound. Rodney Elliott registered nine points and one steal in the victory.
"A committed defensive effort was given by Lionel Owona, Mike Owona, Christian Owona and Marcus James, which helped offset the offensive force of McDonogh's big man, Kayel Locke, while containing the other Eagle players," Martin said. "Locke, who had 40 points in a game earlier this season, was once again held in check with only 11 hard-earned points."
Bobcats top Panthers
The Bel Air Bobcats (8-9 overall, 7-4 Susquehanna) picked up a lower-division win on Tuesday, dispatching the host-team Perryville Panthers, 64-46.
The two teams played evenly through the first quarter, with the Bobcats outscoring Perryville 15-14. The second frame saw Bel Air build a 31-24 lead before the halftime buzzer. Up 45-32 heading into the final quarter, the Bobcats did not allow their hosts to get closer than 16 points for the balance of the contest.
Tyler Norcross led Bel Air with a 24-point, 14-rebound showing, while Juwan Singletary helped the winning cause with 14 points. Bel Air's Nick Vazquez posted eight points and six rebounds.
Tech over Bo Manor
Harford Tech, (11-5 overall, 8-3 Susquehanna) was beaten in Cecil County Tuesday night, losing to the Bo Manor Eagles, 87-83, in double overtime.
Trailing 37-34 at the halftime break, the Cobras found themselves tied with the hosts, 68-68, at the end of regulation. After one period of overtime, the two squads were still deadlocked, at 72-72.
Isaiah Gills had the hot hand for Harford Tech, coming through with 23 points, 21 rebounds and six blocks. D.J. Jackson had 21 points in the loss, while teammate Telvonne Lambert posted eight points and a team-best 13 assists. Harford Tech's Derrell Lee registered 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Aberdeen pummels North Harford
Playing on their home court Tuesday night, the Aberdeen Eagles (11-6 overall, 8-3 Chesapeake) cruised to a 72-33 victory over the North Harford Hawks (7-10 overall, 2-8 Chesapeake).
The Eagles led their guests, 33-13, after two quarters of play.
Ryan Stinar led the Hawks in scoring with 10 points, and pulled down nine rebounds.