Top-seeded South River suffered a semifinal round upset at the handsof Potomac last night in a Class 3A Region IV boys basketball game, 75-71.

The fourth-seeded Braves of Prince George's County, (rated 12th in the Washington metro area at 21-3), were led by left-handed guard James Rice, who poured in a game-high 23 points, including 19 inthe second half.

The Seahawks (19-4) were led by senior Al Lee's 16 points, followed by 14 each from senior Edmund Hicks and junior Darren Hall. Jon Bolster had 10.

The Seahawks never trailed during the first 16 minutes, grabbing their biggest lead at 35-21 on a foul-line jumper from freshman Corey Davis. A ferocious drive and dunk by Shannon Mason cut into the hosts' lead at 38-29.

The Braves came roaring back at thebeginning of the third quarter, taking the lead for good, 47-45, with three minutes to go in the period on two free throws by Rice. The visitors stretched the lead to four by the beginning of the fourth quarter at 55-51 behind 11 points from Rice and massive forward William Peterson.

Potomac would extend the lead to 10 at 65-55 with 3:28 left in the game on a layup from Eric Contee (16 points). The hosts closed the gap to within three at 72-69 on a three-pointer by Hicks with 19 seconds remaining.

The winners meet the winner of Leonardtown-Calvert Saturday.

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