Four Harford County boys basketball teams are still alive for region titles after each won Monday section semifinal games.
Harford Tech, C. Milton Wright, Joppatowne and Patterson Mill were the winners and all will be back in action Wednesday.
At Tech, the Cobras (12-6) held off a stiff challenge from Fallston (11-11) to win, 67-61, in Class 2A East, Section I play.
The Cobras made it look easy early, racing out to an 17-4 lead. Fallston, however, closed the first quarter on an 7-0 run and with a 9-2 start in quarter two, took its only lead, 20-19, on a Demarco Beed basket.
“We knew that they were gonna shoot three’s and we’re kind of the opposite team is that we like to run and they’re relying on three’s,” Tech coach Bill Jones said. “We were up big, 17-4, and then they hit their shots and came back. I guess to our credit, we didn’t give up.”
Tech found its offense again and led, 30-26, at the half.
Fallston’s Ryan Cassedy warmed up in the third quarter, making three, three-point shots and scoring 11 of his game-high points in the quarter. The Cougars closed to within two, 43-41, but Tech answered with five points to push the lead back out seven, 48-41.
Laday Cooper, who led Tech with 17 points, scored nine in the quarter to keep his team ahead.
“The beginning of the game, we knew the team [Fallston] wasn’t gonna lay down, so the game plan was basically to run up and down the court and if they ran with us, then we’ll slow the game down and go from there,” Cooper said.
The Cougars rallied late in the third, but Tech still led, 50-48, heading to the final quarter.
In that final quarter, Tech’s lead was 54-53 with 4:19 to play. Fallston saw its next five trips down the floor come up empty. Tech led 60-53 before the Cougars scored again.
A pair of Cassedy three’s pulled the Cougars back to within four twice, 62-58 and then 65-61, but time just ran out on the Cougars chances as Tech made just enough free throws (5-10) in the quarter.
Da’Shawn Lucas added 14 points and Anthony Ifeacho scored 13 for Tech. Jordan Bright added nine.
Ethan Sommer scored 14 for the Cougars and Mason Mullaney added nine.
“I can’t compliment them enough, they play so tough and they play so hard and game’s like this, we’re at a disadvantage athletically against a team like Harford Tech,” Cougars coach Brian Hulka said. “For us to overcome that with hearts and hustle is just remarkable, so I’m proud of them, so proud of them.”