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Hereford boys basketball routs Owings Mills in Class 2A region playoff

Hereford boys basketball defeats Owings Mills Wednesday night, March 4, in a Class 2A North Region quarterfinal. (Tom Worgo/Baltimore Sun Media Group video)

The Hereford boys basketball team, backed by one of its most impressive efforts of the season, showed it could put a team away when it concentrates on the business at hand.

Seniors Scott Isett, a 6-foot-3 forward, and Gabe Ceribelli, a 6-foot guard, provided Hereford with a solid inside-outside combination that set the tone for what became a 68-44 victory over visiting Owings Mills in a Class 2A North Region quarterfinal Wednesday night.

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Ceribelli scored a game-high 19 points and Isett finished with 17.

"It was nice to come out and start the postseason the right way," Hereford coach Jim Rhoads said.

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The win helped the Bulls get over the 13-point loss to Woodlawn eight days earlier in the Baltimore County championship game.

It was Hereford's first appearance in that game in school history.

"It was tough to come back from the championship-game loss to Woodlawn, but I thought we had a couple of days of good practice," Rhoads said.

Ceribelli had eight points — including two three pointers — and Isett chipped in four points that helped produce a 17-14 lead in the first seven minutes against Owings Mills.

Hereford (19-4) opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run to go ahead 26-18.

Ceribelli highlighted the spurt with a three-point play.

The Bulls led 34-27 at halftime.

"Gabe is our leading scorer and a guy who runs our offense," Rhodes said. "He is our catalyst on both ends. He hit a couple of threes early and did a nice job of getting to the basket."

The Bulls started to make it a runway in the third quarter, when Owings Mills (10-13) struggled mightily. Hereford used an 11-4 run to boost the lead to 43-31.

By the end of the quarter, the Bulls pushed their lead to 51-32.

"They capitalized on our mistakes," Owings Mills coach Edward Lewis said. "We had too many turnovers and didn't communicate well. That's a veteran team over there. They pushed the ball and got it where they needed to make wide-open layups."

Senior combo guard Chaz Harvey led Owings Mills with 18 points.

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Chase Wagner scored 14 points for the winners and teammate Aaron Geschwilm added 11.

The Bulls will play Randallstown in a region semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. in Parkton.

The Rams beat Overlea, 72-52, in a quarterfinal.

"It will be a real challenge for us," Rhodes said. "I am sure they are very good. They always are."

Hereford 68 Owings Mills 44

H: Ceribelli 19, Isett 17, Wagner, 14, Geschwilm 11, Bittner 4, Gervovasilis 3.

OM: Harvey 18, Jenkins 9, Tiawan 9, Hill 4, Byrd 2.

Half: 34-27 H

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