The John Carroll Patriots earned an important victory Wednesday night, fending off a tough St. Frances squad from Baltimore to take a 63-57, home court win.
The contest, a rematch of last year's MIAA "A" Conference championship pairing, was largely contested at the charity stripe, as the Patriots converted 33 of 46 free-throws, which accounted for more than half their offensive output. The visiting Panthers outscored their hosts from the field, but had just 10 tallies at the line.
The Patriots were up throughout the game, running out to a 16-8 advantage by the end of the first quarter, and leading 30-20 heading into the half-time break. After outscoring the Panthers 14-12 in the third quarter to go up 44-32, the Patriots netted 19 in the final frame against St. Frances' 25 points, which allowed the guests to get closer than they had, but it wasn't enough.
Rodney Elliott led the way for the hosts, going nine-for-13 from the free-throw line and scoring a team-high 16 points in all. Kamau Stokes netted 13 points for John Carroll, while teammates Mike Owona and Jarred Jones both contributed nine points to the winning tally. The Patriots' Justin Jenifer scored all his points at the free-throw line, going eight-for-eight from the stripe, while Michael Maric netted six points in the win.
Tevon Saddler, a 2011 All-Harford selection who transferred from Aberdeen to St. Frances following his sophomore year, scored eight points in the loss.
Cobras top Fallston
The Harford Tech Cobras picked up a victory on their home court Wednesday, defeating the visiting Fallston Cougars, 53-42.
The Cougars held a narrow, 23-21 lead after two quarters of play, but the hosts pulled away in the second half.
Telvonne Lambert was the Cobras' top performer, scoring 22 points, dishing out eight assists and picking off four steals.
Danny Crawford had 13 points and seven rebounds in the victory, while fellow Cobra Isaiah Gills had a 12-point, 12-rebound, three-steal showing.
"It was a total team effort," Cobra head coach Bill Jones said. "George Hargrove, our junior guard, played a major role on defense. We haven't beaten Fallston in many years, if ever, so this is a great win for our program."
Mustangs split pair
The C. Milton Wright boys were knocked off Wednesday in Towson by the Loyola Blakefield squad, 73-36.
At half-time, the hosts led 45-19.
Will Hazelton paced the Mustangs scoring with 12 points, while Sam Hahner put up six points and had a team-best nine rebounds in the loss. Kevin Dorsey had six points, five steals and five assists for CMW, while Mychal Stefanides also scored six points.
Playing on the road Tuesday night, the Mustangs came back home with a 71-63 win over the Overlea team.
Dorsey paced the Mustangs with 20 points, while Hazelton scored 15 in the victory. Hahner had eight points for CMW, and Logan Keys and Stefanides both scored six points.
CMW was up 36-27 at the half.
Rams over Indians
The Edgewood Rams knocked off the visiting North East team on Tuesday night, 77-39.
The Rams led 33-14 heading into the half-time break.
Van Rolle led the winning side with a 16-point effort, while Freddie Story posted 12 points. Thomas Dillard had nine points for Edgewood, while Roderick Harrison netted eight, and Lenier Tucker, Sean Hensley and Troy Tucker each scored six points for Edgewood.
Joppatowne over Havre de Grace
The Joppatowne Mariners beat host-team Havre de Grace, 54-51, in overtime Tuesday night.
Trevon Mosely had 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists for the Mariners, while teammate Keith Alexander posted 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and four assists. Markell Huggins registered nine points, four rebounds and three steals in the victory, while Terrell Adams supplied Joppatowne with six points and three rebounds. Lavelle Banks had four points, two rebounds and three steals for the winning side.
Havre de Grace's top scorer was Ben Richardson, with 15 points; he also grabbed six rebounds. Elijah Bailey had 14 points for the Warriors, while Lavell McCullers scored 12 points.
Hawks topped in overtime
North Harford lost a close one Tuesday, 81-77, in overtime to the visiting Hereford Bulls.
The Hawks led 39-37 at the half-time buzzer, and were still up by two in the game's final minute, but the Bulls tied the game with 20 seconds left in regulation.
"We had a chance to win it," North Harford coach Jeff Burrows said. "It went to overtime, and we were down by two points with a few seconds left. We drew up a play, but they blocked the layup that would have tied the game."
Rodney Barnett scored 22 points to pace the Hawk offense, while Brock Hurley had 20 points and 13 rebounds. Nick Tittle scored 11 points in the loss, while Eric Bayer netted 10 points for North Harford.
Harford Christian wins conference matchup
Playing in their first MACSAC road contest of the season Monday night, the Harford Christian Eagles came away with a 66-44 victory over the Rosedale Baptist squad.
"Overall I am pleased with our effort," Eagles' coach Richard Westerlund said. "We lost some intensity in the second and third quarters, but overall I am pleased with our pressure. We want to be very active on the defensive end. That being said, we still have a long way to go to be the team we want to be, but this was a step in the right direction."
Luke Steelman led the Eagles with 18 points, 10 steals, six rebounds, five assists and five blocks. Josh Wilson had eight points, seven steals and three assists in the victory, while teammates Travis Henderson and Vince Wilson each posted eight points. Nathan Good had nine points for the Eagles.