The 21st annual Cecil College Green and Gold holiday basketball tournament couldn’t have been any tougher for the Havre de Grace Warriors boys basketball team.
The Warriors, who won the Gold Bracket championship in 2014 and 2015 lost both games in this year’s Gold Bracket to finish fourth.
In both losses, Havre de Grace had a chance to win and or tie in the final seconds.
The consolation loss came Friday afternoon, a gut-wrenching, 59-56 loss to Bo Manor.
The Warriors struggled early on and with bad passes leading to easy points for Bo Manor, they found themselves in a hole.
A 10-point hole midway through the second quarter when Bo Manor’s Johnny Knight sank a three-point shot to put his team ahead, 29-19.
Jordan White, however, kept Havre de Grace in it with a pair of long, three-point shots. The baskets had the deficit down to six, 31-25, and fhe Warriors went to the half, down, 33-26.
A 15-1 run to open the second half had Havre de Grace ahead, 41-34, midway through the third period. Bo Manor, though, regrouped and with a 9-0 run of its own, went back ahead, 43-41.
White’s short jumper re-tied the game at 43. but a turnover by the Warriors in the final 10 seconds led a Bo Manor basket and 47-45 lead.
The fourth quarter was back-and-forth and with 3:00 left, Havre de Grace was down 53-52. Josiah Scott’s basket put Havre de Grace back ahead by a point and fellow sophomore Gary Gibson added a steal and layup to make it 56-53 with just over a minute to play.
Anthony Pompilli’s three-pointer tied the game at 56 all, but Havre de Grace had the ball with 43.2 seconds left in the game and 21 seconds on the shot clock.
The Warriors moved the ball around settling for a three-point shot from Scott. The shot was just short, bouncing off the rim and Bo Manor grabbed the rebound.
Knight, who led the Eagles with 17 points, drilled a three-point shot to put his team back up, 59-56, with 4.5 seconds left.
The Warriors got one quaiity shot at the buzzer from Jayden Hyman, but his potential three-point, game-tying shot rolled around the rim and out.
White led all scorers with 23 points and teammate Ishawn Bryant, who left the game with a knee injury, added 11.
Pompilli finished with 16 points for the Eagles and Cameron Garcia had 15 points.
In Thursday’s opener, Havre de Grace fell to Elkton, 49-47. It was Hyman, again, who took the final shot, but it, too, missed the mark.
White paced the Warriors scoring with 12 points.
Huskies get third
Patterson Mill and Fallston both lost in the opening round at the Manchester Valley Holiday Tournament, which meant the two played in the consolation game Thursday.
Patterson Mill won the game, 83-60, over the Cougars. The Huskies led 39-27 at the half.
Rashawd Clowney scored 20 points to lead four Huskies in double figures. Rashawn Clowney added 15 points and Dale Harris scored 13. Nathan Roussey added 10 points.
Fallston’s Ryan Cassedy scored 25 points to lead all scorers and teammate Ethan Sommer added 22.
Mustangs are third, too
C. Milton Wright was also a winner in consolation play Thursday, beating South River, 60-47, at the Glen Burnie Holiday Tournament.
The Mustangs pulled away in the second half after the game was knottted at 20 all at the half.
Imran Husain was the lone Mustang to reach double figures, scoring 18. Quincy Haughton, Brye Hopkins and Jalen Jackson added nine points each.
Brett Lindsey added six rebounds; Jackson had four steals and Haughton had three assists.
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