Playing its second game in as many days, the Edgewood boys basketball team earned its first win Tuesday by beating visiting Elkton, 72-67, in Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division play.
The Rams (1-1 overall) used a strong second half to pull off the win. Edgewood trailed 35-27 at the half, but scored 20 or more points in each of the final two quarters behind its pressure defense to secure the victory.
“We got in the second half and coach [was] telling us defense is the key, so we came out and played hard and we finished it off,” junior guard Deandre Maxxwell said.
Edgewood opened the second half with an 8-0 run, which tied the game at 35. A Marcus Hicks 3-pointer put the Rams ahead, 40-37, but Elkton answered with its own 8-0 run to slide back in front, 45-40.
Hicks’ second three had Edgewood back within two points, 47-45. Baskets by Maxxwell and Kameron Rankin put the Rams back on top. Another Maxxwell basket gave Edgewood 24 points in the quarter and a 51-49 lead.
The Rams then scored four points in the first 48 seconds of the fourth quarter and Elkton called timeout.
The stoppage had little effect. Made 3-pointers from Deion Metz and Rankin helped Edgewood boost its lead to double-digits, 63-52, with 4:20 left in the game.
Elkton (0-1), though, didn’t give in. The Elks went on another 8-0 run to climb back to within three, 63-60. A Jamar Corprew put-back basket after a missed three snapped the Elks run and gave Edgewood a 65-60 lead with 2:22 left.
The teams traded baskets the final two minutes to close out the five-point Rams win.
“We didn’t come out with a lot of energy last night and in the first half tonight we didn’t,” Rams coach Terry Maczko said. “In the second half we came out, we had the energy, forced the turnovers, got some easy buckets as result of it and we’re able to do a few things. It’s a long way to go though.”
Maxxwell led Edgewood with 20 points, while Metz added 15 and Hicks netted 12.
“A lot of turnovers the second half and we didn’t have any guard play,” Elks coach Charles Given Sr. said. “Somebody who can actually come in and say, I want the basketball and I’m going to control this game for our behalf and do whatever. We just didn’t have that.”
Elkton’s Erijae Williams scored 22 points to lead all scorers, while Zyan Williams scored 12. Jaden Nichols contributed nine points.
Fallston 50, Perryville 40
The Cougars (2-0, 1-0) won their second straight, beating the visiting Panthers (0-1) in Susquehanna Division play.
“Proud of the way we played consistent defense all night,” Cougars coach Brian Hulka said. “Dylan Wheeler, Collin McMaines and Charlie Widomski did a great job of handling their pressure well at the end of the game.”
Wheeler led the scoring with 16 points and Dylan Kreis tossed in 15. Luke Wolff added six points and nine rebounds.
Patterson Mill 64, Rising Sun 36
The Huskies (1-0) opened their season with the win over the visiting Tigers (0-1) in Susquehanna Play. Patterson Mill led at the half, 37-14.
Kyle Luddy scored 19 points to pace the winners and Drew Pape added 11. Tyree Wilson scored nine and Will Pape tallied eight.
“Great to be back out on the court playing again,” Huskies coach Jeroud Clark said.
Harford Christian 52, Arlington Baptist 20
The Eagles (2-1) led 19-2 after one quarter and cruised from there to beat the visiting Eagles.
Josh Olinger led the scoring with 15 points and Ben Coomes added 11. Senior Dan Giro chipped in with 10 points and Peyton Heiss scored seven.
North Harford 49, North East 41
The Hawks (1-0) opened their season with the win over the host Indians (0-1) in Susquehanna play.
George Alexander led the winners with 13 points, while Garrett Reinecke scored nine and Evan Wagner netted eight.
Havre de Grace 71, Bel Air 66
The Warriors (1-0) went on the road to beat the Bobcats (0-1, 0-2) in Chesapeake action.
Dominik McKenney-George scored 20 points for the Warriors. Braydyn Malloy added 15 and Jun Mun scored 14.
West Nottingham 68, John Carroll 67
The Patriots (2-2) lost to the host Rams in non-league play.
Tyson Commander led the Patriots with 16 points, while TJ Vaughn scored 14 and Terry Long Jr added 12.
C. Milton Wright 75, Joppatowne 45
The Mustangs (1-0, 1-1) grabbed a road win over the Mariners (0-1, 0-1) in Chesapeake play.
Jordan Stiemke scored 27 points for CMW and Rocco Polesovsky added 19 points, six rebounds and four assists. Stiemke also had six rebounds and four steals.
Andrew Chase led the Mariners with 16 points and Kenneth Ejelonu added 12 points. Kenneth Hunter scored nine.
Kylil Omar had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
“This game was a tale of game plan discipline, missed shots and turnovers for our team. C. Milton Wright executed effectively and Joppatowne didn’t capitalize on our opportunities and turned the ball over entirely, too much to have won the game,” Mariners coach Jesse Jones said. “Costly mistakes on both ends of the floor, we have a long week of practice to regroup, as this was our only game for the week, so we’ll be putting in a lot of work in practice to focus on the areas that we need to improve upon.”
CMW led at half, 27-12.
Patterson Mill 70, Rising Sun 44
The Huskies (1-1) bounced back from Monday’s loss to beat the host Tigers (0-1) in non-division action.
Patterson Mill jumped out to a 20-4 lead in the first six minutes and led 44-20 at the half.
Madison Knight’s 27 points led the way, while Kiley Wilhelm (13 points), Ava Wheeler (12) and Zoe Valan (11) also scored in double figures.
North Harford 33, C. Milton Wright 29
The Hawks (1-0) opened the season with the win over the host Mustangs (0-1).
“Low scoring game, got off to a very slow start,” Hawks coach Wayne Huller said.
Laynie Sheahy and Marissa Struhar led the Hawks with 10 points each. Struhar also had 10 rebounds, while Sierra McManus and Lillian Duffy each had seven boards. Duffy also had five blocked shots.