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In the only game tonight involving a pair of top 50 teams, Oxon Hill beats Digital Harbor in a sectional quarterfinal, 67-65.

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Sectional Semifinals

4A

4A North Section I

#9 Dulaney (17-4) v Catonsville (12-10) - The Lions routed the Comets, 81-51, January 8th. Cornish, Evans & Conway look to press their case forward to a re-match with Perry Hall in the sectional final.

#7 Perry Hall (16-6) v # 33 Mervo (14-7) - The Gators, headlined by Triple H (Hardnett, Higgs, and Holley) and Walker, look to become just the second team in 49 years to win back-to-back titles in the largest classification. The Mustangs are having their best season in 10 years.

4A North Section II

#24 Springbrook (17-5) v Blair (5-17) - The Blue Devils, who lost star Matt Balanc (Quinnipiac commit) in the last game of the season, look to regroup v Blair, who they beat twice in the regular season, both by 7 points. Blair survived Urbana in overtime in the opening round.

#19 Paint Branch (18-4) v Sherwood (13-10) - The Panthers beat the Warriors twice this season, but by far different margins. In their first meeting at Sherwood January 12th, the Panthers won by 37, 77-40. In their second meeting, three weeks later at Paint Branch, the Panthers won by just 3, 70-67. Paint Branch, who has acored 90 or more 5 times, averages scoring 80.6 points per game.

4A North notes; Perry Hall was the first Baltimore County team to win the largest classification in 54 years ('63 Towson) last season. Dulaney hasn't advanced to the Final 4 since doing so back-to-back in '76 and '77. Since winning 6 of 7 4A titles from '06-12, MoCo has been shut out of a 4A title for the last 5 seasons.

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4A West Section I

#18 Bethesda Chevy Chase (18-4) v Churchill (11-12) - The Barons won in their only meeting with the Bulldogs, 68-55, January 29th. The Barons have won 14 straight, and 17 of 18, including handing Northwest 1 of their 2 losses.

#51 Whitman (14-9) v #57 Kennedy (15-8) - Both the Vikings and Cavaliers are hot, with the Vikes winning 8 of 9, including a win over Paint Branch, and Kennedy has won 10 straight, also including a win over Paint Branch. In their only meeting, Whitman won on the road, by 2, 48-46, back in mid-December. The Vikings Alex Sanson has hit 67 of 176 (38%) threes, and averages 18.1 points per game.

4A West Section II

#20 Northwest (19-2) v #71 Clarksburg (12-11) - The Jaguars are having their best season in school history, and have never made a Final Four. 1 of the Jaguars 2 losses came to the Coyotes, January 12th, 65-62. Northwest returned the favor 11 days later, beating the Cougs, 59-51. Northwest is 11-0 at home.

#38 Gaithersburg (17-5) v #46 Richard Montgomery (14-9) - The Trojans and Rockets split their two game series, with the Trojans winning by 3 at home in early January, and the Rockets winning by 4 at home in late January. The Trojans have won 5 straight since their loss to the Rockets. The Rockets are 11-2 when they give up 56 or less, 3-7 when they give up 57 or more.

4A West notes; The 4A West and the 3A South are the only regions with 9 top 80 teams. 

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To be continued. Off to my annual trip to the MIAA title game. JC is a heavy favorite, having beaten the Lakers by 22 and 13. [Squints at estimated 58 minute driving time from Town Center in Columbia to Harford Community College, shakes head].

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After 1, John Carroll 10, Boys Latin 9. Amidst 'FBI' and 'Where's the money?' chants, Quickley has 6 points and an assist.

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High intensity, if not high shooting efficiency, before a standing room only crowd in HarCo. JC 20 BL 16 H. Quickley 8, Mathis 6.

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BL has cut a 17 point lead down to 5. 3 to go.

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BL up 46-45, :52 left. Glutekin at the line, shooting 2. Missed the first, made the second. Tie game.

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OT! What a comeback by BL, down 17 in the 2nd half.

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JC pulled it out. Great fourth quarter, great atmosphere.

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Long trip, but well worth it. To see a 17 point second half lead turn into a 2 point deficit, then go to OT, while watching a Kentucky commit and Rutgers commit do their thing, and the Lakers put on another late, late show, in a title game,  can't ask for more.

Buckets were tough to come by for both early, as John Carroll managed a 10-9 lead after 1, and a 20-16 lead at half. 

Out of intermission, thats when things took off, with two wild mood swings in the second half, starting with John Carroll coming out of halftime to stake a 13-0 run to take a 33-16 lead, before Boys Latin then went on a 30-11 run over the next 11 minutes to take their first lead since two minutes in, when Jaylin Andrews nailed a corner three to give the Lakers a 46-44 lead with 1:24 to go, punctuating a 13-0 run. Immanuel Quickley and Yavuz Gultekin each hit a free throw in the final minute to send the game to OT.

Overtime was all John Carroll, as the Lakers Cameron Spencer fouled out 20 seconds into the extra session, a tough blow for Latin. Spencer scored 14 points, and grabbed 6 rebounds. Andrews led the Lakers with 16 points.

Quickley (Kentucky commit) scored 20 points and had 4 assists. Montez Mathis (Rutgers commit) had a great game, and scored 15 points. Gultekin, the 6'4 junior forward from Turkey, scored 16 points and helped JC control the boards.

Great crowd, perfect venue space-wise, if not location-wise. Good showing by Cliff Rees' Lakers. Rees still ranks as the 4th best player of all-time to play in Howard County in my book, behind Barry Young (UNLV), Perry Young (Virginia Tech), and Charlie Thomas (Wisconsin).

Rees and and Barry Young teamed together Barry's freshman year to win a state title for Mt Hebron. Rees also played in state final games in his freshman and sophomore years, when Perry Young starred. Barry would make the state final again in his senior season, scoring 35 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in a loss.

Rees would go on to start at Navy for Paul Evans, playing with David Robinson on the '86 Midshipmen team that advanced to the Sweet 16 in East Rutherford.

Congrats to John Carroll, Quickley, and Mathis. JC's third MIAA title, first since 2012. 

 

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4A

4A South Section I

#41 DuVal (13-8) v High Point (5-17) 

#42 Laurel (13-9) v #53 Bladensburg (11-12) - The Lions beat the Mustangs twice this season, both times by 7, 62-55 and 58-51. The Mustangs 6'7 senior Daniel Oladapo is averaging 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 57% from the field. 

4A South Section II

#2 Wise (19-4) v #38 Flowers (13-8) - The Pumas swept the two game series, winning 88-59 January 9th, then 71-62 at Flowers two weeks later. Senior Sherwyn Dervonish leads the Pumas in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, and has hit 40 3's and hit 80% of his 133 free throw attempts.

#3 Eleanor Roosevelt (16-5) v #26 Bowie (14-7) - The Raiders won the first meeting with the Bulldogs, 73-56, before hanging on to a 58-57 win a week later at home. Bowie has won 7 of 8 since the last loss to the Raiders, including wins over Wise and DC champ Wilson. Roosevelt has won 6 straight. The Raiders have four double-digit scorers, headlined by Cameron Brown (15.2) and Jaden Faulkner (13.4). 9 of the last 12 games between the two have been decided by 8 points or less.

4A South notes; Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise have combined to win 3 of the last 5 4A titles. The 4A South is the only region with 7 top 45 teams.

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4A 

4A East Section I

#14 Old Mill (19-4) v #44 North County (14-9) - The Patriots beat NoCo twice this season, by 6 in early January, then by 21 February 9th. Old Mill has won 10 straight games, with a +25.1 point differential, and no one coming within 14 points.

#37 Meade (16-6) v #49 Glen Burnie (15-8) - The Mustangs have beaten the Gophers twice this season, by 17 in January, by 16 in February. 6'0 senior Kahleem Jennings paces the Mustangs. In the Gophers last two big road games, v Old Mill and Annapolis, they have been blown out.

4A East Section II

#34 Annapolis (15-7) v South River (8-15) - Nap Town's Christian Jones recently passed Dale Solomon Juan Brown, 'Zo' Johnson, and 1,200 points to reach 5th all-time on the Panthers scoring list, where Marcus Neal tops it, with 1,744.

#47 Broadneck (14-8) v #70 North Point (12-10) - The Bruins hold wins over Annapolis, Meade, and Glen Burnie, while the Eagles have wins over Westlake and Huntingtown.

4A East notes; The 4A East Section I is just 1 of 2 sections (3AS) to have 4 top 50 teams. Only 1 AACo team has won the 4A title in the last 27 years - Meade '15.

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Only three teams have won back-to-back titles in the largest classification since the MPSSAA split into 4 classifications in 1961, and only one in the last 48 seasons - Blair '61-62 (the first 2 years of 4 classifications), Northwestern PG '68-69, and Springbrook '08-10. PG and MoCo have combined to win 14 of the last 18 4A state titles.

Sectional Semifinals

4A North Section I

#9 Dulaney (17-4) v Catonsville (12-10) - The Lions routed the Comets, 81-51, January 8th. Cornish, Evans & Conway look to press their case forward to a re-match with Perry Hall in the sectional final.

#7 Perry Hall (16-6) v # 33 Mervo (14-7) - The Gators, headlined by Triple H (Hardnett, Higgs, and Holley) and Walker, look to become just the second team in 49 years to win back-to-back titles in the largest classification. The Mustangs are having their best season in 10 years.

4A North Section II

#24 Springbrook (17-5) v Blair (5-17) - The Blue Devils, who lost star Matt Balanc (Quinnipiac commit) in the last game of the season, look to regroup v Blair, who they beat twice in the regular season, both by 7 points. Blair survived Urbana in overtime in the opening round.

#19 Paint Branch (18-4) v Sherwood (13-10) - The Panthers beat the Warriors twice this season, but by far different margins. In their first meeting at Sherwood January 12th, the Panthers won by 37, 77-40. In their second meeting, three weeks later at Paint Branch, the Panthers won by just 3, 70-67. Paint Branch, who has acored 90 or more 5 times, averages scoring 80.6 points per game.

4A North notes; Perry Hall was the first Baltimore County team to win the largest classification in 54 years ('63 Towson) last season. Dulaney hasn't advanced to the Final 4 since doing so back-to-back in '76 and '77. Since winning 6 of 7 4A titles from '06-12, MoCo has been shut out of a 4A title for the last 5 seasons.

 

4A West Section I

#18 Bethesda Chevy Chase (18-4) v Churchill (11-12) - The Barons won in their only meeting with the Bulldogs, 68-55, January 29th. The Barons have won 14 straight, and 17 of 18, including handing Northwest 1 of their 2 losses.

#51 Whitman (14-9) v #57 Kennedy (15-8) - Both the Vikings and Cavaliers are hot, with the Vikes winning 8 of 9, including a win over Paint Branch, and Kennedy has won 10 straight, also including a win over Paint Branch. In their only meeting, Whitman won on the road, by 2, 48-46, back in mid-December. The Vikings Alex Sanson has hit 67 of 176 (38%) threes, and averages 18.1 points per game.

4A West Section II

#20 Northwest (19-2) v #71 Clarksburg (12-11) - The Jaguars are having their best season in school history, and have never made a Final Four. 1 of the Jaguars 2 losses came to the Coyotes, January 12th, 65-62. Northwest returned the favor 11 days later, beating the Cougs, 59-51. Northwest is 11-0 at home.

#38 Gaithersburg (17-5) v #46 Richard Montgomery (14-9) - The Trojans and Rockets split their two game series, with the Trojans winning by 3 at home in early January, and the Rockets winning by 4 at home in late January. The Trojans have won 5 straight since their loss to the Rockets. The Rockets are 11-2 when they give up 56 or less, 3-7 when they give up 57 or more.

4A West notes; The 4A West and the 3A South are the only regions with 9 top 80 teams. 

 

4A South Section I

#41 DuVal (13-8) v High Point (5-17) 

#42 Laurel (13-9) v #53 Bladensburg (11-12) - The Lions beat the Mustangs twice this season, both times by 7, 62-55 and 58-51. The Mustangs 6'7 senior Daniel Oladapo is averaging 23.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 57% from the field. 

4A South Section II

#2 Wise (19-4) v #38 Flowers (13-8) - The Pumas swept the two game series, winning 88-59 January 9th, then 71-62 at Flowers two weeks later. Senior Sherwyn Dervonish leads the Pumas in scoring, averaging 18.3 points per game, and has hit 40 3's and hit 80% of his 133 free throw attempts.

#3 Eleanor Roosevelt (16-5) v #26 Bowie (14-7) - The Raiders won the first meeting with the Bulldogs, 73-56, before hanging on to a 58-57 win a week later at home. Bowie has won 7 of 8 since the last loss to the Raiders, including wins over Wise and DC champ Wilson. Roosevelt has won 6 straight. The Raiders have four double-digit scorers, headlined by Cameron Brown (15.2) and Jaden Faulkner (13.4). 9 of the last 12 games between the two have been decided by 8 points or less.

4A South notes; Eleanor Roosevelt and Wise have combined to win 3 of the last 5 4A titles. The 4A South is the only region with 7 top 45 teams.

 

4A East Section I

#14 Old Mill (19-4) v #44 North County (14-9) - The Patriots beat NoCo twice this season, by 6 in early January, then by 21 February 9th. Old Mill has won 10 straight games, with a +25.1 point differential, and no one coming within 14 points.

#37 Meade (16-6) v #49 Glen Burnie (15-8) - The Mustangs have beaten the Gophers twice this season, by 17 in January, by 16 in February. 6'0 senior Kahleem Jennings paces the Mustangs. In the Gophers last two big road games, v Old Mill and Annapolis, they have been blown out.

4A East Section II

#34 Annapolis (15-7) v South River (8-15) - Nap Town's Christian Jones recently passed Dale Solomon Juan Brown, 'Zo' Johnson, and 1,200 points to reach 5th all-time on the Panthers scoring list, where Marcus Neal tops it, with 1,744.

#47 Broadneck (14-8) v #70 North Point (12-10) - The Bruins hold wins over Annapolis, Meade, and Glen Burnie, while the Eagles have wins over Westlake and Huntingtown.

4A East notes; The 4A East Section I is just 1 of 2 sections (3AS) to have 4 top 50 teams. Only 1 AACo team has won the 4A title in the last 27 years - Meade '15.

 

 

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Thomas Johnson is the only school in the MPSSAA to win 7 state titles in the two largest classifications (3A, 4A, or both). Baltimore City or Baltimore County have won 7 of the last 9 3A titles, with '15 and '16 CM Wright the exceptions. The last Frederick County team to win 3A was in 1999 (Thomas Johnson).

Sectional Semifinals 

3A North Section I

#5 Milford Mill (18-3) v Parkville (12-11) - The Millers look poised for a rematch with #10 Woodlawn in the sectional final on Wednesday. The Millers topped the Warriors, 65-60, December 20th. The Millers beat the Knights, 81-62, in their only meeting.

#10 Woodlawn (19-3) v Towson (10-13) - The Warriors crushed the Generals, 71-46, January 31st. 

3A North Section II

#17 Dundalk (17-6) v Edgewood (7-15) - The Owls made the Final 4 four straight years from '68-71, and haven't been back since. 

#40 CM Wright (19-4) v Kenwood (13-10) - The Mustangs have won 9 in a row. The Mustangs senior guard Imran Husain is averaging 19.3 points per game, hitting 52 of 143 (36%) threes. 

3A North notes; The 3A North is just 1 of 2 (4AN) regions with 3 top 25 teams. The Millers made 4 of 5 Final 4's from '10-14, winning 3 titles, but not one since. The Millers are also the only team in the MPSSAA to have won 3 titles since 2010.

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3A West Section I

Rockville (12-10) v Blake (10-13) - The Rockets and Bengals split their two game series, with both winning on the road.

Westminster (11-11) v Magruder (10-13) 

3A West Section II

#12 Thomas Johnson (20-3) v #77 Tuscarora (12-10) - The Patriots have won 18 of 19 games, their only loss to #8 Oakdale, 56-51, in the CMC title game. The Pats won both of their meetings with the Titans, 65-57 at Tuscarora in early January, and 75-65, at home, February 6th, where they scored 46 first half points. The Patriots are 10-0 at home.

#29 Linganore (17-5) v North Hagerstown (13-9) - The Lancers and Hubs split their two meetings, with Linganore winning by 15 in December, and North winning by 7 in January. Linganore is the only team to beat Oakdale this season.

3A West notes; Thomas Johnson made 14 of 28 Final 4's from '75-02, but haven't been back to College Park since. 

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3A South Section I

#6 Potomac (20-2) v #32 Oxon Hill (15-8) - The Wolverines won a thrilling 81-78 overtime game in their first meeting with the Clippers, then used a 30-15 third quarter to take a 67-52 contest February 6th. The Wolverines Jason Newman is averaging 20 points and 6 assists this season. The Clippers are the only MPSSAA school to beat Fairmont Heights, and also have a win over Edmondson.

#1 Poly (17-6) v #25 City College (16-6) - The Engineers won the only meeting between the two, 61-50, January 26th. Since, the Black Knights have won 7 of 8, including wins at Lake Clifton and versus Dunbar. The Engineers won their second Baltimore City championship.

3A Section II

#30 Great Mills (19-3) v Chopticon (8-15) - The Hornets are the SMAC champions, and have beaten the Braves by 17 and 23. 

#31 St Charles (16-6) v #60 Huntingtown (12-10) - St Charles won both meetings this season - 70-61 at Huntingtown December 15th, and 69-49, December 28th. St Charles is led by 6'4 junior Anthony Bowman, who leads the team in scoring, and second in both assists and rebounds.

3A South notes; The 3A South Section I was the only section with 6 top 50 teams. Poly is the defending 3A champions. Great Mills has never made a Final 4. Potomac looks to advance to their 4th Final 4 in 6 seasons.

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3A East Section I

#43 Centennial (14-8) v Atholton (11-12) - The Eagles and Raiders split their two contests, with both winning at home. The Eagles have won 8 straight games, and looking for their 4th Final 4 trip in 8 years.

#45 Reservoir (14-8) v #62 Mt Hebron (12-10) - The Gators and Vikings have played two tight contests, with the Gators winning both, by 1 at Hebron in December, and by 5 at home in the final regular season game. The Gators are 1-6 when they give up 58 or more, 13-2 when they do not. Brandon Prox averages 16.5 points per game for the Vikes, and is HoCo's top three-point threat.

3A East Section II

#74 Decatur (15-7) v Northeast (4-18) 

#80 JM Bennett (14-8) v Chesapeake (6-17)

3A East notes; Rankings-wise, this region ranks as the fourth worst (1AW, 1AE, 1AN) among the 16 regions.

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No time for 2A or 1A, got to get to a game or two.

In a nutshell.

2A North

New Town, Edmondson, and Lake should all advance convincingly. Gwynn Park is never a pushover, but Patterson should beat the Yellowjackets. Should be the City 3 and New Town.

2A West

Oakdale should smash South Carroll. The Bears have lost just one game, and have won 18 games in a row. 19 win Liberty will be a favorite over Century in a Carroll County showdown. Seneca Valley and Walkersville should be competotive.

2A South

River Hill will be fully aware of Marriotts Ridge upset prospects, having played two tough games with the Mustangs. Ryan Davis is always a threat as Glenelg goes to Oakland Mills. Southern, who takes on Calvert, has won 12 straight. Westlake plays Thomas Stone in a SMAC showdown.

2A East

WiHi.

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Perry Hall survives Mervo, 66-64, after stealing an inbounds pass under their own basket with 6 seconds to go and Anthony Walker (23 points) laying it in. Mervo had 'em on the ropes. Will Thomas was doing work all night and scored 34 points.. Anthony Higgs had hit 1 of 2 free throws, leaving the Mustangs with a chance to win before the turnover under the basket.

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With Centennial down 1 to Atholton, with 7 seconds to go, got to see my nephew Sean Taylor drain the two game-winning free throws in the Eagles 48-47 win. Sean scored a game-high 17 points, and hit 4 threes, including a crucial one from 24 feet, late. 

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4A News

Northwest, see ya! The Jaguars, who came in with just 2 losses all season, were beaten by 12-11 Clarksburg for a second time this season, this time, 72-63, in overtime. The Coyotes face Gaithersburg in the 4A West Section II final. Dulaney advanced, meet Perry Hall Wednesday. Wise rolled Flowers, 70-35. Old Mill, Nap Town, Meade, and Broadneck all advanced in the 4A East.

3A News

Poly crushed City, 77-43. Potomac survived and advanced past Oxon Hill, 67-65. #1 Poly and #6 Potomac collide Wednesday. Great Mills and St Charles meet in the other 3A South sectional final. JM Bennett was upset by Chesapeake. Brandon Prox shot lights out in Mt Hebrons rout over Reservoir. Milford Mill and Woodlawn both win easily, meet Wednesday, as does Dundalk and CM Wright. Thomas Johnson advanced, Linganore didn't, losing to North Hagerstown.

2A News

Patterson got bumped by Gwynn Park, 70-59. Lake and New Town cruised, and Edmondson got past Hereford, 54-47. Oakdale looked good, meets Liberty Wednesday. Seneca Valley topped Walkersville, 58-57. River Hill and Oakland Mills advance, meet for a third time Wednesday. Southern continues to roll. Stone beat Westlake. WiHi won, while North Caroline upset Bayside North champ Easton.

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