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Blanco carries Howard boys basketball in double-overtime win against Marriotts Ridge

HOWARD COUNTY, MD — With Howard boys basketball trailing, 56-53, with less than 30 seconds left in overtime, it was probably fairly obvious who the Lions would attempt to get the ball to.

Senior Andrew Blanco is one of the top scorers in the county, and he showed that offensive prowess against Marriotts Ridge on Friday afternoon. Blanco put forth a 19-point effort in regulation, which included five 3-pointers. And with the game on the line, he’d likely attempt another long ball.

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That’s exactly what happened, as Blanco beat the buzzer with his another triple to send the game into double overtime tied at 56. He’d finish with a season-high 27 points — a performance that earned him Player of the Week — and the Lions would hold on for a 64-60 win, their first since Dec. 27.

Sophomore Darrion Harris (14 points) and junior Savien Wilson (13 points) joined Blanco in double figures for the Lions, who picked up their second league win after six straight county defeats.

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Juniors Cole Brown and Ryan Lee led the way for Marriotts Ridge.

Howard (2-8 county, 3-12 overall) — 64, Marriotts Ridge (3-7, 7-9) — 60 (2OT)

Ho — Blanco 27, Harris 14, Wilson 13, Dawkins 4, Simmons 4, Kim 1, O’Connor 1.

MR — Cole Brown 14, Lee 13, Ingersoll 8, Little 8, Stepke 8, Held 5, Cam Brown 2, Snell 2.

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Half: 28-19, MR

Around the league

Mt. Hebron hands River Hill its first county defeat

The hottest team in the county kept rolling on Saturday afternoon.

Mt. Hebron, which entered the game having just beat Oakland Mills and Glenelg, used an impressive defensive effort to hand River Hill its first county loss and second overall in 16 games.

The Vikings received another big game from senior Alex Nazaire, who finished with a game-high 17 points. He’s averaging about 16.8 points during the team’s four-game winning streak.

Junior Brandon Prox, last week’s Player of the Week, and freshman Evan Ichrist chipped in 12 points apiece.

Mt. Hebron (6-5, 8-8) — 52, River Hill (9-1, 14-2) — 49

MH — Nazaire 17, Ichrist 12, Prox 12, Cargiulo 8, Ryan Kinloch 3.

RH — Champion 16, Krause 9, Okojie 8, Daniels 6, Martin 6, McKenna 4.

Half: 30-20, RH

Centennial romps Hammond to snap losing streak

Centennial caught fire offensively in the third quarter on Friday night, which helped it pull away from Hammond and earn a 70-48 win that snapped its three-game losing streak.

The Eagles’ depth was on full display, as six players scored at least six points and four players scored in double figures to help them reach a season-high scoring total.

Centennial (5-6, 7-8) — 70, Hammond (3-5, 5-9) — 48

C — Eudell 13, Taylor 12, Ford 11, Hohmann 11, Williams 7, Smith 6, Berkeley 4, Hill 4, Hollwedel 2.

Ha — Gordon 27, Bourne 9, Stallings 7, Poku 4, Edwards 1.

Half: 28-24, C

Atholton wins back-to-back games for first time all season

Atholton has been looking for consistency all season long, and it displayed it this past week in wins at Hammond on Monday and against Wilde Lake on Friday night.

Junior guard Maxwell Murray followed up a 11-point performance with 12 points against the Wildecats, who entered the contest having won five consecutive games. Junior Justin Oates added 11 points, while Javon Daniel scored seven after exploding for 21 points against the Golden Bears.

On the defensive end, the Raiders held junior guard Trea Keys to a season-low six points.

Atholton (6-5, 7-9) — 57, Wilde Lake (5-5, 6-9) — 53

A — Murray 12, Oates 11, Rankin 9, Daniel 7, Agbor-Baiyee 5, Carey 5, Parkins 5, Marsh 3.

WL — Marshall 13, Van Tassel 10, Joseph 9, Greene 8, Hunter 7, Keys 6.

Half: 29-23, A

Oakland Mills pulls away from Reservoir

One of the county’s top defensive teams had a tough time limited Oakland Mills on Friday night.

The Scorpions scored at least 19 points in each of the final three quarters to secure their fifth county win in their past six games. Junior Daeshawn Eaton, who leads the league in scoring (18.1 points per game), led all scorers with just a shade under his season average, while senior Robert Burgess bounced back from two poor offensive efforts by totaling 15 points.

Oakland Mills (7-3, 10-4) — 74, Reservoir (6-3, 8-5) — 60

OM — Eaton 18, Burgess 15, Gaymon 14, Hairston 10, Simpson 7, Greggs 5, Chance 3, Brown 2.

Re — Okolo 14, Saunderson 14, Odunowo 13, Moore 11, Toler 6, Barrett 2.

Half: 30-26, OM

Davis, Mills lead Glenelg past Long Reach

Glenelg is back to .500 in league play after its 63-53 win against Long Reach on Friday night.

After scoring eight points in a 50-48 home loss to Reservoir on Monday, Ryan Davis led the Gladiators with a superb double-double (17 points and 16 rebounds). Junior Johnny Piwowarski added 16 points, half of those coming in the fourth quarter to help his team pull away.

Long Reach has now lost its past five county games.

Glenelg (5-5, 7-8) — 63, Long Reach (3-7, 5-10) — 53

G — Davis 17, Piwowarski 16, Mills 12, Dick 5, Soltis 4, Heigh 3, Boswell 2, Chappell 2, Onwumbiko 2.

LR — Modeste 13, Davis 7, Jones 7, Thompson 7, Martin 6, Olivis 4, Raymond Jr. 4, Moore 3, Shupe 2.

Half: 35-23, G

Reservoir forced two turnovers and made almost all of its free throws in the final minutes of a two-point win on Jan. 22.

Chapelgate falls short against St. Mary’s

St. Mary's — 56, Chapelgate (3-6 MIAA B, 12-10) — 55

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CH — Dickerson 19, Hatcher 19, Wesley 6, Wise 6, Morant 3, Heard 2.

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Half: 29-29

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