The Havre de Grace boys basketball team won its 19th straight game Thursday night and it was a bit easier than many might have expected.
The Warriors (13-0, 19-0) jumped ahead of visiting Elkton (9-2, 15-3) with a big first quarter and never really looked back, winning big, 74-56. The win clinched the UCBAC Susquehanna Division title for the Warriors, who needed a buzzer-beater to beat Elkton in January.
Junior guard Josiah Scott lit the fire the Warriors needed to get going. Scott (team-high 19 points) drained three, three-point shots in the quarter and finished with 13 in a 24-point first quarter.
"It wasn’t so much me, it was all my teammates encouraging me to shoot,” Scott said. “I was just finding the right spots, because any given night, we’re so unpredictable, we could have anybody be the person that night.”
This night it was Scott. The Warriors also got three-point baskets from Marlon Lewis and Jordan White in the quarter that ended with a 24-13 Warriors lead.
The Havre de Grace lead quickly grew to 30-13 and Elkton called timeout. Moments later it was 32-16, but on back-to-back three’s by Elkton’s Farad Stevens and JaKeen Jackson, the Elks were back to within 10, 32-22.
Havre de Grace’s TJ Turner answered with a three in the final minute of the half that aided in the Warriors 38-22 lead at the half.
"It was fantastic, we know what kind of team Elkton is, they’re just loaded with athletes.” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “To get that kind of start here at home was fantastic, since en light of the way the last game ended. Last game went right down to the wire.”
Havre de Grace won that game, 61-58, on Jai’erre Hoke’s three-point basket.
Elkton did make a run to open the third quarter. The Elks scored seven straight and the Warriors lead was down to nine, 38-29.
A Gary Gibson free throw with 4:26 to play in the third quarter was Havre de Grace's first second half point.
From there the Warriors went on an 8-2 run to push the lead back to 15, 46-31. The Warriors made eight free throws in the quarter and led 51-35 at its close.
White's three-point play, started by a Lewis block, boosted the lead to 21, 61-40, just a minute into the final quarter.
White (15 points, eight rebounds, five assists), the lone starting senior for Havre de Grace, followed with another three-point shot and Lewis (16 points) also made a three as well.
“Basically, I was just trying to create defensive stops, take charges, rebound offensively and defensively, create shots for open teammates,” Lewis said. “I don’t really try to ballhawks, make sure everybody gets shots up." Lewis finished with 11 rebounds and four steals.
The Warriors pushed the lead to its largest, 74-52, with 1:11 to play. Full substitutions followed.
Gibson finished with 11 points and Quentin Ware added 10 points in the win.
Elkton’s Stevens led all scorers with 22 points and Da’Mear Triplett scored 12.
Mustangs beat Eagles, Bobcats
C. Milton Wright (9-1, 15-3) inched closer to the Chesapeake Division title with an hard-fought, 66-60 win at Aberdeen (5-7, 6-11) on Thursday.
Quincy Haughton scored 19 points to pace the Mustangs, who trailed 30-23 at the half. Aberdeen also led 48-39 through three quarters and with just :58 to play, but the Mustangs found a way to win.
Jalen Jackson added 13 points and four assists in the win and Brye Hopkins netted 12. Corey Patterson added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Mo Whitley scored 14 points to lead Aberdeen. Marcellus Carroll added 12 points, and 10 rebounds, while Tyrell Williams netted 11 points. Jaquane Hayes also scored 11 points and he also had seven assists.
Aberdeen lost at CMW, 89-30, in January.
The Mustangs also beat visiting Bel Air (9-8) Friday night, 61-43, in non-division play.
Hopkins’ 18 points led four players in double figures. Haughton added 12, while Hunter Sigler and Patterson (nine rebounds, four blocks) added 10 apiece.
Josh Stocum scored 13 points to lead Bel Air.
Huskies beat Cougars
Patterson Mill (5-6, 11-9) beat visiting Fallston (0-11, 2-16), 63-58, Thursday in Chesapeake play. The Huskies led 28-24 at the half.
Nathan Roussey’s 15 points led the Huskies scoring, while Connor Madsen added 14 and Michael Austin netted 12. Kyle Luddy and Luke Harris scored nine points apiece.
Alex Flasch led Fallston with 17 points and Alex Kakoullis added 12. Kendall Outing scored 10 for the Cougars and Keith Edwards tallied nine points.
The Cougars trailed 20-10 after the first quarter, but came back to lead by five after the third quarter and for most of fourth quarter.
“Tremendous defensive effort by Kendall Outing really slowed them down on offense,” Cougars coach Brian Hulka said. “Proud of the way we fought back after a slow start, the defense and rebounding were tremendous in the second half when we went to the Box-and-1 on [Connor] Madsen."
Cobras beat Rams
Harford Tech (5-4, 9-9) won at Edgewood (4-4, 5-12), 70-64, in Chesapeake play Thursday.
The game was tied 13-13 at the end of the first quarter. “We forced a lot of turnovers and had a big second quarter giving us a 40-27 lead at half,” Tech coach Drew Gill said. “Credit to Edgewood they really battled and made it a close game down the stretch, but we were able to hold on.”
Jalen Dangerfield’s 16 points guided the Cobras, while Bradley Hall added 10 points and Khoury Harris scored nine.
Edgewood’s Monzell Ware led all scorers with 25 points. Travis Dean added nine points and Cam Edwards scored eight. Also for Edgewood, Rian Watkins scored seven points, while Llandyn Armstead and Isaiah Goetze each scored six points.
Hawks beat Tigers
North Harford (6-5, 7-10) defeated visiting Rising Sun (2-9, 4-9), 51-41, in overtime Thursday in Susquehanna play. The Hawks outscored the Tigers, 12-2, in OT.
Austin smith had 11 points, while Sam Macatee and Dylan Jablon added 10 and nine points, respectively.
Senior Steven Cocoros earned his first start on senior night and had a career-high seven points, including the teams first four, which was a huge lift for the Hawks.
Patriots slip to 5-23
John Carroll (5-23) lost at Spalding on Thursday, 71-57.
Leading the Patriots, Tyson Commander scored 22 points. Jalen Bryant and Jaiden Jakubowski added 11 points each.
The Patriots were also beaten at home on Friday, 84-62, by Boys’ Latin.
Commander scored 14 points and Bryant had 13 points and four rebounds. Cesar Tchilombo added five rebounds.
HCS gets OT win
Harford Christian (9-10) needed overtime Thursday to beat visiting Arlington Baptist, 56-51.
Mikey Drew led the Eagles with 25 points and six steals. Houston Howell added 16 points and 13 rebounds and Darus Bacote had seven points and six assists.
Mariners take loss
In non-league action Thursday, Joppatowne (11-5) fell to visiting Dulaney, 81-61.
Jalen Morris had 28 points and Christian Corley added 10.
Other Thursday score
In Susquehanna play, Bel Air (8-4) won at Bo Manor (4-5, 5-14), 62-46.