A handful of boys basketball teams closed out the final full week of regular season play with wins Friday night.
Leading the way was Havre de Grace, which ended another division championship season with a win. The Warriors (19-3) turned back a talented and visiting Newark Charter (12-7) team for a 57-50 non-league victory.
The Patriots jumped out to an 7-0 lead, but Havre de Grace out-hustled the visitors to get back in it. Marlon Lewis scored five straight points and Gary Gibson’s basket have Havre de Grace its first lead, 14-13.
The Patriots led 19-16 after one quarter. Khalil Proctor and Brett Lesher led the way with seven points apiece. Lewis had nine for the Warriors.
The Warriors surged ahead in quarter two from the free throw line. They went 6-for-6 and on a Lewis basket and Gibson three-point play, Havre de Grace led, 27-23 with 3:50 to play in the half.
The Patriots closed to within three, 51-48, with 3:00 left to play.
The Warriors, though, were strong on the offensive glass. A Lewis follow of a Gibson miss was followed by a Turner follow and the Warriors lead was 55-48.
Both teams added another basket to end the scoring. Lewis led all scorers with 25 points and Gibson finished with 16.
“Free throw shooting and I think we picked up our defensive intensity in the fourth quarter, got some turnovers and turned into some easy baskets for us,” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “That was really the difference, we converted free throws and we stepped up in the fourth quarter our defense and coverted some breakout layups.”
Mustangs beat Bobcats
C. Millton Wright (16-6) closed out with a 59-50 win over visiting rival Bel Air (13-6) in non-division play Friday.
Dylan Kutcher scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs scoring. Bryan Stiemke added 13 points and three steals, while Corey Patterson contributed 10 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. Jordan Stiemke added six points and four assists.
Joppatowne’s Alan Brown led all scorers with 19 points and Kyree Ellis scored 11. Quian Thompson added nine points.
CMW led the game at halftime, 34-23.
John Carroll (23-10) was eliminated in MIAA play Thursday, losing at St. Frances, 98-71, in the tournament semifinal round.