The Aberdeen Eagles boys basketball team celebrated its seniors Tuesday night with a UCBAC Chesapeake Division win over Route 40 rival Edgewood.
The Eagles (6-7, 7-11) started fast and then held on to defeat the Rams (4-5, 5-13), 63-57.
Senior Mo Whitley scored seven of his nine points in the first quarter to give Aberdeen an 11-2 lead midway through the opening quarter. It was a bounce off the glass from teammate Jalen Williams that Whitley grabbed and put in that gave the Eagles the 11-2 lead.
Edgewood called timeout and out of it the Rams scored two quick baskets, but Aberdeen scored the next two and led, 15-6, after one quarter.
“In the beginning we were playing hard, we put pressure on them,” Whitley said. “The around the third and fourth quarters, we weren’t putting really that much pressure on them, so when we let down, we let up a little bit.”
Travis Dean came off the Edgewood bench and scored six straight points to pull the Rams to within five, 19-14.
Aberdeen senior Jaquane Hayes answered with a three to make it 22-14, but Edgewood stayed tough and closed back to within four, 24-20.
A 6-0 run by the Eagles pushed the lead to double digits, 30-20. Dean’s fourth basket of the quarter, a follow, beat the buzzer. Aberdeen led at the half, 30-22.
An 11-4 run by Edgewood to open the third quarter had the Rams down just one, 34-33. A Rian Watkins basket pit the Rams ahead, 35-34, but Nahjuan Rodgers knocked down a three-point shot to put Aberdeen back ahead, 37-35.
A Marcellus Carroll free throw made it 38-35, but Omari Johnson tied the game at 38 all with his three-pointer.
Aberdeen outscored Edgewood, 7-2, over the remaining time in quarter three and led 45-40 into the fourth quarter.
In the final quarter the Rams closed the gap to four numerous times, but the Eagles made 6-of-9 free throws in the quarter and Carroll made three baskets to keep his team out front en route to the win.
“I think we just had to slow down as team, we were rushing. We just had to regroup, call some timeouts and get it together,” Carroll said. “I think we pulled it out.”
Carroll finished with 11 points, while Hayes led the Eagles scoring with 12. Whitley and Rodgers each added nine points, while Jermere Bush-Williams and Tyrell Williams scored eight points apiece.
Monzell Ware’s 13 points paced Edgewood. Isaiah Goetze netted 12 points and Cam Edwards scored 10, all in the second half.
Mustangs beat Cougars
In another Chesapeake game, division champion C. Milton Wright (10-1, 16-3) cruised past visiting Fallston (0-12, 2-18), 71-46. The Mustangs led 25-20 at the half.
Jalen Jackson scored 15 points to lead four Mustangs in double figures. Jackson also had seven assists.
Quincy Haughton and Corey Patterson (11 rebounds, four blocks) scored 12 points apiece and Brye Hopkins added 10.
Fallston’s Alex Kakoullis led all scorers with 25 points, while Connor Disharoon and Alex Flasch each scored six.
The game was close in the third quarter, before CMW outscored the Cougars, 26-6, in the fourth quarter.
“Proud of the way we fought and we were able to hit a few three’s to keep us in it for a while,” Cougars coach Brian Hulka said. “They’re just so big and talented, they wore us down in the fourth quarter.“
John Carroll (5-24) was on the short end again Tuesday night at Mt. St. Joe. The Patriots were beaten, 73-53.
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Jalen Bryant led the efforts with 11 points. Tyson Commander added seven points and Jaiden Jakubowski scored five.