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Aberdeen beats Harford Tech, 65-60, in boys basketball

Aberdeen's Jaquane Hayes, shown in earlier season action, scored 19 points to lead the Eagles' win over Harford Tech.
Aberdeen's Jaquane Hayes, shown in earlier season action, scored 19 points to lead the Eagles' win over Harford Tech. (The Aegis file photo)

Playing with a little added incentive, the Aberdeen boys basketball team visited Harford Tech Friday night in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division battle.

The Eagles (4-3) trailed after one quarter, but they took a lead in the second quarter and despite trailing by two in the third quarter, the Eagles went on to win, 65-60.

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"It was very special, I looked into this game, it was on my schedule then past year,” Eagles point guard Jaquane Hayes said. “I really want to give this game to Coach Jones because helming;es the one that influenced me.”

Hayes, a former Tech player and Coach Jones, Bill Jones, guided the Cobras for 13 seasons. He's now an Aberdeen assistant.

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Aberdeen led 7-5 early, but Tech ran off eight unanswered points to lead, 13-7.

Aberdeen battled back and on Hayes’ second, long three-point basket of the quarter, Tech’s lead was 15-12..

The Cobras (3-3, 7-8 were ahead, 15-14, after one quarter, but Aberdeen opened the second quarter with an 9-0 run to slip ahead, 23-15.

The Cobras cut the lead down to three, 25-22, but a 4-for-9 showing at the free throw line didn’t help the Cobras comeback efforts.

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With Tech struggling from the field and the line, Aberdeen outscored the Cobras, 7-2, over the final few minutes of the half to lead at the half, 32-25.

Tech came out of the break on fire. The Cobras scored nine straight points to slip back on top, 34-32.

A three from Hayes (19 points) and two from Nahjuan Rodgers put the Eagles back on top, 37-34, and they never trailed again.

Rodgers came off the bench for Aberdeen to score eight points in the second half and finish with 15. “I was frustrated, but when I got my first shot off, I was on fire,” Rodgers said. “They got us at our house, we got them here.”

The Eagles closed the quarter on an 9-4 advantage to lead 46-38 with one quarter to play.

A three from Rodgers and two baskets by Hayes to start the final quarter had Aberdeen ahead, 53-40.

Marcellus Carroll’s three-point play a little later kept the lead at 13, 59-46. Tech, though, had a little life.

Curtis McKisset scored eight of his 18 points and Jalen Dangerfield added nine of his 15 in the final quarter to give the Cobras a chance. A Khoury Harris basket brought the Cobras to within three, 63-30, with 18 seconds to play.

Aberdeen senior Jermere Bush-Williams then calmly sank two free throws to close the scoring. Bush-Williams finished with 17 points.

“Tonight I just wanted to come out and make a statement game," Hayes said. “Tonight we played as a team all-around, so I just wanted a statement game for us."

The Eagles (4-7) were back in action Monday and lost, 65-63, to visiting Parkville in non-league action.

Bush-Williams led the way with 16 points and Mo Whitley added 15. Hayes added 14 points, 10 assists and five steals. Jahiem Jones added six rebounds.

Mustangs beat Huskies

C. Milton Wright (7-0, 12-3) stayed perfect in Chesapeake play, beating visiting Patterson Mill (2-5, 8-8), 76-58, Friday,

Corey Patterson led the Mustangs with 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Brye Hopkins added 16 points and four steals.

Jalen Jackson finished with 13 points, while Dylan Kutcher scored 12 and Bryan Stiemke netted 11.

Luke Harris and Connor Madson scored 14 points each for the Huskies and Michael Austin added 12.

CMW led at the half, 34-26.

Warriors win two

Havre de Grace (8-0, 14-0) had no trouble staying undefeated with an easy, 76-35, road win Friday at North East (1-6, 3-11) in Susquehanna Division play.

Marlon Lewis led the Warriors with 19 points and seven rebounds. Quentin Ware added 12 points.

The Warriors also won Monday, beating visiting Rising Sun (0-7, 1-8), 59-20, in Susquehanna play.

Lewis scored 14 points for the winners.

Mariners beat Cougars

In Chesapeake play, Joppatowne (5-2, 8-3) beat visiting Fallston (0-7, 2-12), 69-51, Friday.

Jaylen Morris led the Mariners with 18 points and Christian Corley added 14 points and four assists.

Hawks lose to Elks

North Harford (5-3, 6-8) lost at Elkton (6-1, 12-1), 66-39, Friday in Susquehanna play. The Hawks were down, 29-17, at the half.

Austin Smith led the Hawks with 15 points. Paul Keeney added 10 and Evan Allred scored six.

Bobcats beat Tigers

Bel Air (5-3, 6-6) hosted and beat Rising Sun (0-6, 1-7), 68-47, Friday in Susquehanna play.

Andrew Tredinnick led Bel Air with 13 points and five rebounds. Junior Mason Bosley had eight points, 11 rebounds and three assists, while Caden Morris chipped in with 10 points.

Bel Air led at halftime, 30-22.

Patriots lose twice

John Carroll (3-19) lost at McDonogh, 50-43, Friday night.

Leading the Patriots were Tyson Commander, 16 points, four rebounds; Jalen Bryant, 17 points, five rebounds; Jaiden Jakubowski, six points; and Cesar Tchilombo, nine rebounds, one assist, one block.

TJ Vaughn also had four assists.

The Patriots were also beaten Monday at Boys’ Latin, 80-52.

Leading scorer Commander did not play. Bryce Meads led with a season-high 14 points and three rebounds. Jakubowski added 13 points and Bryant scored six points.

Tchilombo grabbed seven rebounds.

Rams fall, too

Edgewood (3-9) lost a non-league game on Thursday to visiting Edmondson-Westside, 75-51. The Rans trailed at the half, 39-24.

Cam Edwards and Isaiah Goetze scored eight points each to pace the Rams.

Rian Watkins added seven points and Travis Dean scored six points. Quentin Dozier-Dunn and Omari Johnson each scored five points.

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