The No. 10 Arundel boys basketball team knew the Class 4A East regional final at North Point was going to be a tough, physical game and it was. Both teams had a player foul out in a game that featured 68 fouls, but the one-two scoring combination of Matt Bonds (26 points) and Anthony Williams (21) was too much for the Wildcats, who fell, 89-64, Friday night.
"Their pressure tired our guys out," Arundel coach Jeff Starr said. "We eventually broke the press, but our shots weren't falling. And by the time we got our rhythm going, we were down by 10 or 15 points."
The Eagles (24-1) used full-court pressure and got most of their points off drives to take a 19-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Bonds scored 10 of his 26 points in the second quarter and the Eagles pushed their lead to 46-26 at halftime.
North Point committed most of its fouls pressing, and Arundel (22-4) got most of its fouls trying to stop fast breaks.
North Point's sole defeat was a 60-57 loss to Washington powerhouse and host DeMatha at the Tip Off Classic.
No. 12 Poly 57, Paint Branch 47: John Crosby (16 points) scored the final seven points for the Engineers (20-6), including a steal and breakaway dunk to put the game out of reach for the host Panthers (21-5) in Class 4A North.
Paint Branch led early in the fourth, before Poly made its push. Darrion Stokes-Graham scored 23 points for the Engineers, who will face Magruder in the state semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. at Comcast Center.
Wicomico 60, Joppatowne 40: The host Mariners, the final Harford County boys basketball team, fell to the Indians in Class 2A East.
After a slow start to the opening quarter, during which both teams went silent for the first two minutes, Joppatowne's Markell Huggins opened the scoring with a 2-point basket. Unfortunately for the hosts, that would be their final advantage of the night, as the Indians quickly went ahead 7-2 and never relinquished the lead.
Down by 10 points in the final minute of the first quarter, the Mariners ended with a four-point run that pulled them to within 14-8. Huggins opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer that brought Joppatowne within three points, then Jermaine Head Jr. made a foul shot to make the score 14-12. That was as close as the Mariners would get, as Wicomico outscored Joppatowne 20-6 over the remainder of the second quarter to take a 34-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Wicomico opened the second half with a 2-point field goal that extended its lead to 18, but Joppatowne, spurred by back-to-back 3-pointers by Khalil Gore, was able to cut the deficit to 36-29 with an 11-point run. By the end of the quarter, the Indians had pulled ahead 43-34.
Wicomico put the game away at the beginning of the fourth quarter, scoring 11 unanswered points to go ahead 54-34. The two teams each scored six points in the remaining time.
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No. 1 Archbishop Spalding 59, Good Counsel 48: Aleah Epps scored 18 points and the Cavaliers (29-1) won every quarter but the fourth to improve to 2-0 at the Bishop Walsh Invitational basketball tournament in Cumberland and will face St. John's (D.C.) in tonight's championship at 6:15.
Spalding led 42-28 headed into the fourth quarter, in which it was outscored 20-17.
St. John's (D.C.) 56, No. 3 McDonogh 48: The Eagles (22-8) fell to the Cadets (30-1) at the Bishop Walsh Invitational.
McDonogh posted a 1-1 record through the first two rounds and will face Good Counsel in today's consolation game at 4 p.m.
Elizabeth Seton 66, No. 11 Seton Keough 62: The Gators (11-17) suffered their second straight loss at the Bishop Walsh Invitational. The Roadrunners improved to 20-11.
Keough lost, 68-44, to Good Counsel on Thursday. Keough faces the host Spartans, who lost to Georgetown Visitation, 65-20, in today's seventh-place game at 1 p.m.
Loyola 15, William Penn Charter (Pa.) 5: Villanova-bound Devin McNamara had three goals and four assists and Fairleigh Dickinson-bound Tyler Llewellyn had six goals and an assist as the host Dons cruised past the Quakers in the opening game for both teams.
Loyola took an 8-3 lead at halftime. The Dons travel to Malvern Prep (Pa.) next Saturday at noon.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun