Wins were aplenty Friday night for many Harford County boys and girls basketball teams as the region playoffs got underway for nine boys teams and eight girls.
Six boys teams won to advance onto Monday’s next round, while five girls teams also won to move onto Tuesday’s next round.
In Havre de Grace, for Class 1A East, Section I play, the Warriors (16-5) turned back the Bo Manor Eagles (8-13), 69-59. It was the fourth meeting this season between the two teams and the third straight win for Havre de Grace.
The Warriors got off to a fast, 6-0 start, and led throughout the first half. It was 20-16 after one quarter and the Eagles stayed in the game with a number of three-point shots.
“I’m not surprised actually, being it’s the fourth time we played them this year, they’ve given us a particular challenge,” Warriors coach Brian Eberhardt said. “Their kids are scrappy, I knew coming in this was not going to be an easy game.”
The Warriors led 36-31 inside of two minutes left in the half. A 5-0 run to end the half, sent the Warriors to the break, up 10, 41-31.
Bo Manor sophomore guard Anthony Pompilli scored 13 points in third quarter to bring the Eagles (20 points in quarter) back. Josiah Scott’s drive and acrobatic score allowed Havre de Grace to lead, 52-51, entering the final quarter.
Pompilli (23 points) added another basket to open the final quarter, giving Bo Manor its first lead, 53-52.
The inside play of the Warriors big two, Ishawn Bryant and Caprice Butler, took over. The two combined for all 17 fourth quarter points.
“It wasn’t originally the game plan, but we saw that was working so we kept driving it in there and why try to fix something if it isn’t broken,” Bryant said.
Bryant’s (21 points, nine rebounds) steal and basket, followed by Butler’s (16 points, 11 rebounds) put back on a missed free throw pushed the Warriors back ahead, 57-53.
“I was getting angry because I wasn’t getting the ball as much as I wanted, but I try to hold my team up,” Butler said.
Bryant’s final basket made it 61-55 and with 1:41 to play, the lead was 63-59.
Another Butler follow on a miss made it 65-59 and Bo Manor used its final timeout with 1:07 to play. Free throws from Bryant and Butler and an ill-advised baseline jumper from Butler closed out the scoring.
Jordan White added 12 points for the Warriors and Scott finished with 11. Johnny Knight had 16 points for the Eagles.
The Warriors will host Joppatowne (15-6) Monday at 6 p.m. The Mariners were a 67-56 winner over visiting Coppin Academy. Stats were not provided.
Also in 1A East, Patterson Mill (14-6) also advanced, beating visiting Colonel Richardson, 56-44. The Huskies will visit top seed Kent County, a 79-29 winner over Perryville, on Monday.
2A East boys
Fallston (11-10) advanced in 2A East, Section I with an 59-37 win over visiting Rising Sun (1-16).
Fallston was led by Collin Hoerr’s 15 points. Mason Mullaney added 11 points and Ethan Sommer scored 10. Ryan Cassedy chipped in with eight points. Nine players scored for the Cougars, who outscored the Tigers, 17-2, in the second quarter to take a commanding, 36-17, halftime lead.