Three road wins in three nights impressively added up to the Class 4A East region championship for Annapolis, which got a 27-point, six-assist performance from senior guard Juan Brown to upset the host Anne Arundel County champion No. 13 Severna Park, 72-47, in the title game Friday night.
Severna Park had won three meetings against the Panthers this season, including a 63-52 win for the county championship Feb. 21.
Aaron Pratt added 13 points and four steals with Josh Glover also finishing with 13 points in the win.
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On Wednesday, Annapolis traveled to three-time defending region champ North Point and came home a winner before defeating Great Mills on Thursday.
The Panthers advance to the state semifinals at Maryland's Comcast Center, where they will take on the winner of the West region, either Walt Whitman or Clarksburg. The game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday.
No. 1 City 61, No. 14 Reservoir 45: Having raced out to a 15-point halftime lead against the Gators in the 3A East regional championship game Friday, Knights coach Daryl Wade cautioned his players during the break that a second-half run was coming.
So when the third quarter ended and City's lead had been trimmed to six, there was no panic in Wade's voice as he delivered the message that it was time to buckle down and get back to playing "City basketball."
"It was the fourth quarter — that's the money quarter, and that's what we practice for."
Right on cue, the Knights came out and scored the first 10 points of the final period to deliver what ended up being the decisive blow in a victory over host Reservoir.
Kamau Stokes (19 points), Omari George (12) and Timmy Bond (12) all ended up scoring in double figures for a City program that advances to the state semifinals for the first time since 2010. Last year, the team lost to Milford Mill in the regional finals.
"It's a big hump for the team itself and a great hump for me as a coach," Wade said. "We've been in this position before, but this team's special. I'm just hoping we can finish it off."
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No. 7 Milford Mill 72, Edgewood 53: The host Millers captured the Class 3A North regional title and advanced to the state semifinals at Comcast Center, where they are scheduled to play 3A South champion Westlake on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Justin Jenifer led the Millers with 20 points.
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Potomac 101, Oakland Mills 63: Maryland-bound Dion Wiley scored a game-high 32 points and Walter Broddie added 27 to power the host Wolverines (23-4) past the Scorpions (20-5) in a Class 2A South regional final.
Potomac opened with a 31-10 run in the first quarter and led 52-23 at halftime. Naquan Williams-Day had 19 points for Oakland Mills.