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Harford Tech beats Joppatowne for first division boys basketball win

Harford Tech's TJ Lowery, Jr., glides in for the score as Joppatowne's Kenneth Ejelonu tries to make the block during Friday night's game at Harford Tech.
Harford Tech's TJ Lowery, Jr., glides in for the score as Joppatowne's Kenneth Ejelonu tries to make the block during Friday night's game at Harford Tech.(Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

A fast start led the Harford Tech boys basketball team to its first UCBAC Chesapeake Division win Friday night.

The Cobras (1-4, 4-7) outscored visiting Joppatowne (2-3, 6-4), 17-4 in the first quarter and went on to win, 59-48. Tech led at the half, 28-10.

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“Definitely proud of the way our guys came out, that was part of it, it’s our gym,” Tech coach Drew Gill said. “We’ve been struggling a little bit this season, lot of close loss, so it was important to us to come out here and create our own energy in our own gym and I think we did that.”

Bradley Hall scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the first quarter for Tech who was ahead 12-4 when Joppatowne used its first timeout with 1:36 left in the quarter.

Out of the timeout, Tech’s Jamal Wright forced a turnover and scored and Enoch Wiredu followed with a three-point basket or the 17-4 cushion. Both were big problems for the Mariners.

Joppatowne had many missed shots, including a few from three-point range in the first half and a seemingly equal number of turnovers.

The Mariners made two baskets the entire first half, while Tech made a dozen, including three from beyond the three-point line.

“I’ve been emphasizing the pre-game, the mental part of the game and we’ve been joking and playing and I’m trying to get them to be ready to play before the game starts,” Mariners coach John Brooks said. “Didn’t see that, so we had a discussion about it.”

The discussion made some difference, but the hole created at the start of this one was just, too, great.

The Mariners opened the second half with a 9-2 run and suddenly the Mariners were back to within 11, 30-19. Tech called timeout.

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The Tech lead was 10, 34-24, when TJ Lowery, Jr. (15 points) completed a three-point play. Seconds later it a Khoury Harris three-point play to boost the lead back to 14, 40-26. The lead was 41-29 to begin the final quarter.

The Mariners cut the deficit down to eight, 43-35 early in the quarter, and 52-44 late, but Tech made 11-of-12 free throws in the final quarter to seal the win. The Cobras were 15-of-18 in the game with 21 made baskets.

“We’ve lost some games on the free throw line and tonight we kind of won the game on the free throw line late in that fourth quarter, most of points came there, so I was proud of our guys stepping up and knocking them down," coach Gill said.

Joppatowne made 14 baskets and went 20-for-32 at the line. Quian Thompson led the scoring with 14 points. Tre Williams added 11 and Kyree Ellis scored 10.

Mustangs beat Elks

C. Milton Wright (3-2, 9-3) went on the road to beat Elkton (3-2, 8-2), 74-71, Friday in Chesapeake play.

Bryan Stiemke poured in 26 points to pace the Mustangs, who led 45-31 at half.

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Jordan Stiemke added 15 points, while Cam Doherty and Corey Patterson added nine points each. Patterson also had 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Warriors beat Huskies

Havre de Grace (5-0, 9-2) stayed perfect in Chesapeake play Friday with a 65-56 win at Patterson Mill (0-5, 3-7).

The Warriors led at the half, 31-19.

Jai’erre Hoke scored 25 points to lead the Havre de Grace scoring. Marlon Lewis added 16 points and 12 rebounds and TJ Turner also reached double figures with 13.

Patterson Mill’s Kyle Luddy led all scorers with 23 points. Luke Harris added 11.

Hawks upend Cougars

North Harford (2-2, 2-8) earned a Susquehanna Division win at home Friday, beating Fallston (3-1, 4-8), 53-38.

The game was tied 19-19 at half.

Austin Smith had 21 points and 12 boards to lead the Hawks. Andrew Gainey and Jeremy Weber both had 11 points.

Gavin Barker chipped in four points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

“It was a very nice performance from us. We have played well at times, but never for 32 minutes,” Hawks coach Jeff Burrows said. “Tonight we did. I am very proud of my guys. We go through a lot during the season and it was great seeing them have success.”

The win was the 100th for Burrows.

HCS gets win

Harford Christian (4-3) defeated Mount Airy Christian Academy, 59-45, Friday.

Houston Howell had a huge night with 28 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Eagles.

Darus Bacote added 15 points, nine assists and five steals and Than Tynes had nine points and five steals.

Patriots win, too

John Carroll (16-3) won at Loyola, 75-74, Friday.

Four Patriots scored in double figures, led by Tyson Commander’s 17 points. Also scoring were Jalen Bryant, 16 points; Jeannot Basima, 15 points; and Jaiden Jakubowski, 14 points.

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