No. 5 John Carroll took its first step toward a threepeat of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association AConference boys basketball championship.
The two-time defending Patriots (25-10) got production out of their bigs early in the game and hung on to beat visiting Calvert Hall, 64-53, in Wednesday night's quarterfinal.
Six players scored, including 10 points by the forwards in the paint, and John Carroll took a 24-7 lead after the first quarter and a 34-13 lead at the break.
The Cardinals mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter as Drew Edwards scored 17 of his game-high 20 points, including three 3-pointers, but the Patriots held on to win.
D.J. Keyser had 16 points for John Carroll, which travels to No. 1 St. Frances in Friday's semifinal at 7 p.m.
Gilman 49, St. Paul's 44: The visiting Crusaders (12-14, 10-8) provided a quarterfinal scare for the Greyhounds (16-14, 10-8) in the MIAA BConference.
St. Paul's won the two opening quarters and was up 27-23 at halftime. Gilman was able to draw even in the third with a 6-2 run and pull away with a 20-15 run in the fourth.
Kai Locksley scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Greyhounds, who face top-seeded Boys' Latin in the semifinals.
Kenwood 72, Franklin 57: The Bluebirds mounted a second-half comeback, outscoring the Indians 45-29.
Emmanuel Toms led Franklin with 20 points, and Nick Hanson had 18.
Benjamin Franklin 71, Baltimore Freedom Academy 20: Jai Reeves scored 12 points for the host Bayhawks (18-3, 10-1 city), who next face Mervo (11-7, 9-1) in the Division II playoffs.
No. 12 Poly 52, Digital Harbor 47: John Crosby scored 15 points to lead the host Engineers (16-5, 7-2 city) past the Rams (9-7, 4-4).
Poly trailed 25-23 at halftime.