Looking to end a two-game skid and keep a spot atop the UCBAC Chesapeake Division boys basketball standings, C. Milton Wright hosted Joppatowne Tuesday night.
The Mustangs, who beat the Mariners earlier this month in the first meeting, outscored the visitors, 7-0, over the final 1:30 to win, 56-50.
The win kept the Mustangs (5-1, 10-3) in a share of the division lead as Harford Tech (5-1, 9-2) was also a winner Tuesday.
CMW will play at Tech today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. for sole lead in the division.
“Joppatowne, we thought going in, was the best team, I mean, we came out with two big wins over them,” Mustangs coach Jon Stefanides said. “Kids played really hard today, came up with some big foul shots at the end. Our hats off to our kids and how hard they played.”
The Mariners (4-2, 8-3) led 44-39 through three quarters and pushed the lead to seven (game’s largest for either team) opening the final quarter.
The Mustangs, though, had a little gas left in the tank. A Mustangs basket made it 46-41 and Quincy Haughton (14 points, 12 rebounds) then scored five straight points to tie the game 46 all.
Both teams added a free throw to retie at 47 and Brye Hopkins put the Mustangs back ahead, 49-47, with his 10th and 11th points.
Joppatowne senior guard Montrell Horsey put his team back ahead moments later. Horsey stole the ball near mid-court, raced back to the basket for the lay up and he was fouled.
Horsey, who was limited to eight points, made the free throw and the Mariners led, 50-49. They didn’t score again.
Mustangs senior guard Imran Husain answered the Horsey basket. Husain drained a step-back, three-point shot from the corner and the Mustangs led, 52-50, and for good.
Haughton added two free throws with 19.5 seconds left and the Mariners last hope ended with Horsey called for traveling.
Husain, who led all scorers with 19 points, scored the final two on a full court pass.
The Mustangs led 16-14 after one quarter, a quarter that saw an injury delay to the Mustangs biggest player, Jack Van Syckle. Van Syckle, who was wearing a protective face guard for recent nose adjustment, went to the floor over top of Mariners guard Jalen Willis.
Van Syckle, face first toward the floor, came away with a pretty bad cut to the lip. He was forced from the game to seek further medical attention.
The Mariners led 31-30 at the half, a lead that could have been greater if not for Husain. Husain tossed in a three-point shot at the buzzer from just inside half court.
Willis (five rebounds) finished with nine points to lead the Mariners and Jalen Morris added eight points.
Cobras beat Huskies
Tech’s win came at home, a 62-59 squeaker over Patterson Mill (4-4, 9-5). The game was tied 28 all at half.
Anthony Ifeacho had the big game to lead Tech, scoring 25 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Curtis McKissit also had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Jordan Bright added 12 points and nine rebounds.
Warriors beat Panthers
Havre de Grace (6-2, 9-5) stayed a game back of idle Elkton (6-1, 7-4) in Susquehanna Division play, winning at Perryville (3-4, 3-6), 58-37.
Ishawn Bryant had another solid game for the Warriors, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Caprice Butler added 15 points and seven boards.
Rams beat Eagles
Edgewood (1-6, 3-11) defeated visiting Aberdeen (1-6, 3-10), 58-57, Tuesday in Chesapeake play. The Rams led 36-30 at half.
Tiare Waldon led the winners with 23 points, six steals, six assists and five rebounds.
Monzell Ware and Civon Edwards added nine points apiece and Rian Watkins contributed six points.
North Harford (3-5, 5-9) traveled to North East (4-4, 5-7) Tuesday and won the Susquehanna game, 49-44. Stats were not provided.
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