The Havre de Grace boys basketball team improved to 10-1 Monday night, atop the UCBAC Susquehanna Division, but not without a scare from host North East.
The Warriors (12-5 overall) were 58-56 winners over the upset-minded Indians (2-8, 5-12).
Kenny Sumpter showed the way again for Havre de Grace, scoring 23 points and adding 10 rebounds for the double-double. Caprice Butler added 11 points and six rebounds, and Jordan White also scored 11 points.
Darien Radden added six blocks for the Warriors.
Rams fall at home
Edgewood (12-5) dropped its second straight game Monday, falling 73-57 to visiting Mt. Carmel in non-league play.
Mt. Carmel led 32-31 at the half, but with three minutes left in the third quarter, the score was knotted at 42 all.
At the end, however, Mt. Carmel had grabbed a 55-44 lead.
Rayshod Hooper led the Rams with 16 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ryan Burgess added 14 points, five rebounds three assists and three steals.
Cobras beat Rams
Boys basketball teams from both Harford Tech and Edgewood needed a win Friday night to stay in the hunt in the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division.
The teams met in Edgewood and after four long quarters that saw four players disqualified with five fouls each, Tech (6-3, 13-3) eked out a 69-65 division win over the Rams (6-3).
The Rams jumped ahead early as Tech struggled to score. Darius Dangerfield's basket came more than two minutes into the game and to make matters worse, Dangerfield picked up two quick fouls and was forced to the bench for much of the first half.
Dangerfield did score six points before leaving the court, but it was five points from Jaquane Hayes and four from Dominic Webb that allowed the Cobras to play the Rams even. The score was 15-15 at the end of a quarter.
With Dangerfield still on the bench in the second quarter, Tech pulled away. Junior forward Anthony Ifeacho was a main reason why, scoring eight of his game-high 18 points in the quarter.
"It makes me feel great," Ifeacho said of his offensive play. "Cause I know I help contribute a lot on defense, which is what I'm really proud about. I'm just happy we got the win and I'm very sorry for fouling out because I know they need me."
Ifeacho's play allowed the Cobras to open up a 10-point lead at half, 33-23. They, however, couldn't keep it.
Edgewood came out with a quick 6-2 run to cut down the Tech lead and force Tech to call timeout. Rams senior Burgess scored seven points on the quarter and it was his third basket to put the Edgewood back ahead, 38-37.
Burgess added a free throw to make it 39-37, but Tech got a three-pointer from Jawaun Lucas and a layup from Jalen Dangerfield to slip back ahead, 42-39.
The Tech lead was 44-41 through three quarters and 52-44 shortly after Burgess (10 points) was the first player to foul out with just under six minutes to play.
Tech's lead was 58-54 when Hooper fouled out for the Rams with 13 points at the 2:34 mark.
Twenty four seconds later, Ifeacho fouled out for Tech, which had a 62-56 lead with 1:36 to play. Edgewood's Tiare Waldon (13 points) tried to keep Edgewood in it with two, three-pointers, but Tech (22-for-33) at the stripe, made enough down the stretch to pull out the win.
Edgewood's Rocceon Harrison was the fourth player to foul out, but he scored a team-best 16 points before doing so. Jawaun Lucas finished with 14 points for Tech, and Darius Dangerfield added four key free throws in the fourth quarter to finish with 10 points.
Eagles beat Elks, Mustangs
Aberdeen (8-1, 13-5) continues to lead the Chesapeake standings after an 81-72 win over visiting Elkton (1-7, 6-8) Friday evening.
Myles Douglas had a huge game with 36 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Jayden Saddler added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Antoine Thompson had 11 points and Elijah Myers contributed 10 points.
The Eagles also won at C. Milton Wright (2-7, 6-11) on Thursday in Chesapeake play, 65-33. The Eagles were well in control by half, leading 39-15.
Douglas scored 24 points to lead the Eagles. Jack Van Syckle had seven points and eight rebounds to lead the Mustangs.
Warriors beat Hawks
Havre de Grace (9-1, 11-5) stayed atop the Susquehanna Division standings with a 62-58 win over visiting North Harford (5-5, 7-10) Friday night.
Sumpter led the Warriors with 25 points and seven boards, while Jordan Reece added 15 points.
Sam Cornelius had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Jake Helewicz added 12 points. "We were down 12 early but battled back and took a 50-49 lead in the fourth quarter," Hawks coach Jeff Burrows said. "A turnover that led to a three-point play and an offensive rebound that led to a three for Havre de Grace was the difference. We are much improved and getting better every day." Paul Keeney also had 10 points for the Hawks.
Cougars defeat Bobcats
Fallston (9-2, 15-4) keeps up on the heels of Havre de Grace with its 72-60, Susquehanna win over visiting Bel Air (8-3, 9-7) Friday night.
Ryan Cassedy (five three pointers) lit up the nets for 25 points to lead the Cougars, who also got 12 points from Jack Dennis and 10 from Andrew Solomon. Six players hit a three for the Cougars, who led 41-37 at the half.
Devin Anderson led the Bobcats with 17 points. Finn Gottschalk added 13 points and Daniel Webber scored 10.
"We were just relentless tonight offensively, when Ryan [Cassedy] and some of the other guys get hot, we can put a lot of points on the board quickly. I'm so proud of these guys," Fallston coach Brian Hulka said.
Joppatowne wins over Patterson Mill
Joppatowne (8-2, 18-2) stayed a game back of Aberdeen in Chesapeake play with a 60-34 win over visiting Patterson Mill (1-7, 4-10).
Joppatowne junior Montrell Horsey scored 16 points and now needs 12 points to reach 1,000 for his career.