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Perry Hall's LaQuill Hardnett committed to the University of Cincinnati tonight, following his mother singing the National Anthem prior to the Gators game with the Mervo Mustangs.

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Perry Hall edges Dulaney, 64-63. Poly holds on over Potomac, 61-58. Roosevelt beats Wise in the rubber match, 70-57. Milford Mill knocks off Woodlawn, 73-63. WiHi is shown the exit by North Caroline, receiving its first and fatal loss.

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New Town topped Edmondson, 65-62, in double overtime. Old Mill and Annapolis advance in 4A. Dundalk squeaks by CM Wright, 61-60. Centennial uses a 21-3 fourth quarter to turn a 1 point deficit into a 17 point win. River Hill holds off Oakland Mulls, 60-56.

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With 1.5 seconds remaining and CMW leading 60-59, Dundalk's Michael Johnson went to the line to shoot two. Up to that point, Owls had been 11-for-26 from the line. Michael hit them both. With eight seconds left, C. Milton Wright was shooting a one-and-one. Mustangs had been 16-for-20 from the line up to that point. Missed the free throw, Dundalk got the rebound to set up the ending.

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Congrats to one of my brothers former players, and former Marriotts Ridge guard, Robbie Davis, on being selected as the CIAA Player of the Year. The Johnson C Smith senior led the league in scoring, at 21.9 points per game, led the league in free throw shooting, at 88.4%, was second in three-pointers, with 75, sixth in steals, and 14th in assists. Davis scored a career-high of 46 last year, when he nailed 9 three-pointers.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article202448924.html

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Dulaney's Josh Cornish was named Baltimore County Player of the Year.

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Snake, I hear that everything for today is cancelled 'til tomorrow.  Can you affirm?

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1 hour ago, DayWalker said:

Snake, I hear that everything for today is cancelled 'til tomorrow.  Can you affirm?

Yes, my understanding is that all 16 regional finals are set for tomorrow.

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Okay.  And the girls were already booked to play Saturday....

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4 hours ago, DayWalker said:

Okay.  And the girls were already booked to play Saturday....

Yes. 8 schools have both their boys and girls teams in their respective regional finals - Eleanor Roosevelt, Paint Branch, Bethesda Chevy Chase, Poly, Oakdale, Dunbar, Pikesville, and Southern of Garrett County. Both Southern games will be played at Frostburg St. Both Bethesda Chevy Chase games will be played at Richard Montgomery. Of the other six, Eleanor Roosevelt and Paint Branch also have both their boys and girls teams hosting their respective regional final games.

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4A Regional Finals

#7 Perry Hall (18-6) v #18 Paint Branch (20-4) - The Gators have taken this 'survive and advance' thing to heart, coming back to edge Mervo in the final seconds, then holding off Dulaney in the sectional final by a point. The Panthers, meanwhile, cruised through their section, scoring 85 and beating Sherwood by 19, then posting a 20 point victory over a Matt Balanc-less Springbrook team.

Perry Hall has the 3rd toughest strength of schedule in the MPSSAA this season. The Gators matchup with the Panthers will be their 12th game v a top 25 team (or its equivalent) in 25 games. The Gators have wins over #3 Eleanor Roosevelt, a pair of wins over #9 Dulaney, and another over #17 Dundalk. The Panthers won 2 of 3 over Springbrook, and have a 31 point win over fellow 4A regional finalist Gaithersburg.

Coach George Panageotou's Gators are loaded with talent, featuring 6'9 Cinci commit La'Quill Hardnett, 6'8 Ol' Miss commit, Anthony Higgs, 6'8 junior Anthony Walker, who, like Hardnett and Higgs, was named to the Baltimore County 1st team, and 6'3 muti-sport athlete, Tyler Holley. The Gators average 73.0 points per game.

Coach Chris Bohlen's Panthers are led by 5'8 junior guard Richard Dudley, who averages 20.8 points per game, and scored 25 in the sectional final over Springbrook. 6'4 senior forward Xavier Reaves averages 15.5 points per game, and scored 19 in the sectional semifinal win over Sherwood. The Panthers average 80.6 points per game. The Panthers have scored more than 100 points in 3 games.

Perry Hall was the first Baltimore County team to win a 4A* title in 54 years last season, after making their first Final 4 trip the year before, in '16. The Panthers have advanced to 7 Final 4's, but haven't been back since winning the 3A title in 2000. The Panthers also won a 2A title in '77.

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4A Regional Finals

Gaithersburg (19-5) v #16 Bethesda Chevy Chase (21-3) @ Richard Montgomery- The Barons are rolling, having won 16 straight, going undefeated in 2018. The Trojans have beaten Richard Montgomery by 13 and Clarksburg by 21 in their two playoff games.

One of Barons three losses was to Gaithersburg, taking their worst loss of the year, 76-57, December 15th, at Gaithersburg, where the Trojans built a 43-18 halftime lead. The Barons 16 game win streak includes 7 wins over top 50 teams, with just 3 of the 16 by less than 12 points.

The Barons are balanced, with five players averaging double-digits. Leading scorer Gordan Gibson (13.8) went down three weeks ago, but 6'4 senior Miles English (13.4), junior guard Kevin McAuliffe (11.9), and 6'6 sophomore Elijah Wood, and senior Thomas Baer (10.2, 47 3's) have stepped up. The Barons have nailed 151 threes this season. English scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in sectional final win over Whitman.

The Trojans are led by a pair of freshman, 6'1 Jao Ituka, a highly recruited private target, and 6'4 Jordan Hawkins. Ituka averages 17.8 points per game, and scored 22 in the sectional final win over Clarksburg. Hawkins averages 12.9 points per game, and has hit 47 3's. Senior Kevin Neal (12.9) adds experience, and scored 21 in the sectional final.

The Trojans average 69.2 points per game, while the Barons average 67.2. The Barons are 11-1 at home, winning their last 11. Bethesda Chevy Chase has advanced to 13 Final 4's in school history, winning in '59, then 25 years later in '84. The Barons last trip was in '15, losing in the 4A state final to Meade. Gaithersburg has made the Final 4 just once in the last 29 years, when they won it all in '98.

 

 

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4A Regional Finals

Bladensburg (13-12) @ #3 Eleanor Roosevelt (18-5) - The Raiders jumped out to a 18-2 lead over PG champion Wise in the sectional final and held on in overtime. The Raiders had to come back from 22 down in the sectional semifinal v Bowie, closing the game out on a 38-12 run. Bladensburg has won two playoff games on the road, at Laurel and at DuVal.

The Raiders beat Bladensburg, 58-55, February 6th, after the Mustangs led by 4 at halftime, and by 1 after 3 quarters. The Raiders won 2 of 3 with Wise this season, and beat Bowie three times. The Raiders had the fourth toughest strength of schedule in the MPSSAA, with 14 games v the top 50, while Bladensburg SOS ranked 5th, also with 14 games v top 50, including non-MPSSAA top 10-25 equivalents in Wilson DC, Friendship Tech, Pallotti, and Rock Creek Christian, in addition to the PG 4A slate and Woodlawn.

Coach Brendan O'Connell's Raiders are led by 6'3 junior Cameron Brown (15.1, 40 3's), 6'3 senior Jaden Faulkner (13.3), Isaiah Gross (11.0, 22 v Wise), and senior Juston Bailey (11.3, 17 v Wise, 10-10 FT).

The Mustangs, who began the season in the top 25, are led by 6'7 senior Daniel Oladapo, who is averaging 23.1 points and 13 rebounds per game. Oladapo has offers from Towson, Radford, Canisius, and UNC Greensboro. Senior guard Tyshaun Walker (12.8) and 6'5 senior Tyriq McAdoo (12.3) add to the Mustangs attack.

The Raiders have advanced to the Final 4 in 9 of the last 17 seasons, winning it all in '02, '13, and '16. Bladensburg has made the Final 4 7 times, winning it in '60 and '73, but haven't been back since a year after Thurl Bailey era, 39 years ago.

 

 

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Annapolis (17-7) @ #14 Old Mill (21-4) - An AACo showdown, a rematch of the 65-56 January 9th tilt, won by Old Mill. The Patriots have won 13 in a row since losing to Dunbar at the Mayors Academy in January. The Panthers are the defending regional champions, while the Patriots are the current AACo champions.

Old Mill has won 10 straight at home, since losing their first two, to fellow regional finalists, River Hill and Great Mills. The Patriots rank 13th, Annapolis 16th, in strength of schedule in the MPSSAA. 

Coach Mike Francis' Patriots are led by 6'7 senior Hollique Smith-Johnson, who leads the Pats in scoring and rebounding. Mahzi Thames, a 6'1 senior transfer from Meade, and junior Avion Thompson, add to the Patriots cast. 

Annapolis is led by 3-year starter Christian Jones, who averages 20.6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Jones, who was named 1st team All-County this year, scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and dished out 5 assists in their loss to the Patriots in early January.

Meade is the only AACo team to win a 4A title in 27 years, when they did so in 2015. Nap Town has more Final 4 appearances (28) than any other school in MPSSAA history. Old Mill has made 4 Final 4 trips, the last in 2010, when the Pats lost to Springbrook, 64-57, capping the Blue Devils 3-peat. 

 

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3A Regional Finals

#1 Poly (19-6) @ #22 Great Mills (21-3) - Poly, the defending 3A champions and current Baltimore City champions, are certainly battle tested, with the #1 strength of schedule in the MPSSAA, with 13 top 25 games in 25 games. The Hornets, on the other hand, have played 1 top 25 team, #14 Old Mill, beating the Patriots on their home floor, 76-75, in the season opener.

The Engineers have wins over Perry Hall (by 9), two over Dunbar, including a 19 point victory over the Poets in the city championship game, Mount Carmel (by 13), two over City College (by 11 and 34) , and Potomac. The Hornets have won 19 in a row, including a pair of wins over St Charles.

Coach Sam Brand's Engineers talented cast is headlined by Long Beach St commit Demetrius Mims, who scored 18 in the 3 point sectional final win over Potomac, and sophomore Justin Lewis, who scored 22 Wednesday night. 'Ra Ra' Ali, a sophomore, was a starting freshman on last years state title team.

Coach Jeff Burrell's Hornets are led by a pair of 16+ point senior scorers, 6'3 senior Demetrius Barnes, and 6'0 senior Miguel Everteze. Barnes averages 21, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Everteze averages 16.4 points per game. The Hornets have won 9 straight at home.

Brand is a Poly grad, who played 3 years at Morgan St, scoring 921 points and hitting 181 trifectas. Burrell, a Forestville grad, made a name for himself in southern Maryland playing at St Marys.

The Engineers only other Final 4 appearance other than last years title run was in 2013. The Hornets have never advanced to a Final 4 in school history. 

 

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3A Regional Finals

Centennial (16-8) @ Decatur (17-7) - To say this is a regional final is a stretch, literally. The Eagles will be making a 145 mile trek, with an estimated driving distance of 2 hours and 35 minutes, for an opportunity to advance to the Final 4 for the fourth time in 8 years, though the first taking this route.

This is a rematch of their 2016 regional final played at Decatur, one in which the Seahawks won handidly, 64-47. The 'Hawks also dispatched HoCo's Wilde Lake Wildcats in the regional final last year, 65-55, before the Cats had completed their 5.5 hour round trip over the bridge and back.

The Eagles have won 11 straight, after a 3 game losing streak in early January to Reservoir, River Hill, and Oakland Mills, HoCo's top 3 in the regular season. The Eagles are led by their five senior starters including Sean Taylor, who leads the Eagles in scoring and assists, Andrew Hohmann, who has been as good as any Eagle of late, fellow guard and energy-filled Corey Eudell, and 6'5 Hayden Ford, who makes himself a presence, when not in foul trouble.

The Seahawks, who average 66.4 points per game, are led by Maryland Eastern Shore commit Keyvon Voyles, who was part of the Seahawks '16 state finalist team, featuring Torrey Brittingham, and the Seahawks '17 Final 4 team, that was led by Keve Aleve. Voyles scored 36 in the 'Hawks sectional final win over Chesapeake.

The Eagles have a win over regional finalist Old Mill, and a 2 point loss to 3A regional finalist Thomas Stone. Decatur's biggest win is a 76-48 victory over JM Bennett. 

Decatur has made 11 Final 4's, winning a state title in 1970. Centennial made the Final 4 in back-to-back years in '11 and '12, then won the 3A state title in '15.

 

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4 hours ago, themamba said:

3A Regional Finals

#1 Poly (19-6) @ #22 Great Mills (21-3) - Poly, the defending 3A champions and current Baltimore City champions, are certainly battle tested, with the #1 strength of schedule in the MPSSAA, with 13 top 25 games in 25 games. The Hornets, on the other hand, have played 1 top 25 team, #14 Old Mill, beating the Patriots on their home floor, 76-75, in the season opener.

The Engineers have wins over Perry Hall (by 9), two over Dunbar, including a 19 point victory over the Poets in the city championship game, Mount Carmel (by 13), two over City College (by 11 and 34) , and Potomac. The Hornets have won 19 in a row, including a pair of wins over St Charles.

Coach Sam Brand's Engineers talented cast is headlined by Long Beach St commit Demetrius Mims, who scored 18 in the 3 point sectional final win over Potomac, and sophomore Justin Lewis, who scored 22 Wednesday night. 'Ra Ra' Ali, a sophomore, was a starting freshman on last years state title team.

Coach Jeff Burrell's Hornets are led by a pair of 16+ point senior scorers, 6'3 senior Demetrius Barnes, and 6'0 senior Miguel Everteze. Barnes averages 21, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. Everteze averages 16.4 points per game. The Hornets have won 9 straight at home.

Brand is a Poly grad, who played 3 years at Morgan St, scoring 921 points and hitting 181 trifectas. Burrell, a Forestville grad, made a name for himself in southern Maryland playing at St Marys.

The Engineers only other Final 4 appearance other than last years title run was in 2013. The Hornets have never advanced to a Final 4 in school history. 

 

I don't get to as many games as I used too, though I do see highlights on the various YouTube channels for local teams. I will say Poly seems like an exciting team to watch with Mims and Lewis playing above the rim. 

You mention Ra Ra Ali, and seeing the highlight videos, I have heard he is an 18 y/o sophomore, any truth to that? Regardless I will say I have not been impressed with his game, and think he plays selfish at times. 

With Lewis there for next 2 years am looking forward to see him develop as one of the best players in the area. 

 

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Great Mills on upset alert. Up 4 on Poly, with 5 to go. Hornets led by 4 at half, as many as 9 in the 2nd half.

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Poly 60 Great Mills 54 - The Engineers motor on, following a 18-3 run to close out the game, erasing a 9 point deficit, 51-42, with 4:40 to play. The Engineers first lead of the game came with 1:48 to play.

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New Town coach Mike Daniels announced his retirement following the Titans loss to Lake Clifton in the regional final. Daniels finishes his 32 year career with 597 wins, against 262 losses, with 4 MPSSAA state titles, two each with City College and New Town, and 3 MIAA titles and a BCL crown while at Towson Catholic. A first ballot nominee.

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4A Semifinal

#5 Perry Hall Gators (19-6) v #20 Gaithersburg Trojans (20-5)

Coaches; PH George Panageotou 6th season 102-46 State title, 3 regional titles, 1 county title G Jeff Holda 3rd season 45-27 1st regional title

Final 4 history; PH Defending 4A champ, 3rd Final 4 appearance in a row, only three in school history G Trojans 5th trip, last trip was the only state title team in school history, in '98

Vs MPSSAA top 25, 50, 80* PH 6-6, 7-6, 9-6 Gators 6 top 25 wins tied with Poly and Dunbar for best in the MPSSAA G 2-1, 5-4, 12-4 - *or its equivalent - top 80 = top 40%

Gators key wins - Dulaney 80-77 1/3, Riverdale Baptist 77-58 1/12, Eleanor Roosevelt 71-66 (OT) 1/22, @Dundalk 80-62 2/14, @Dulaney 64-63 2/28, @Paint Branch 88-75 3/3

Trojans key wins - Bethesda Chevy Chase 76-57 12/15, Richard Montgomery 45-42 1/6, Springbrook 86-77 2/13, Richard Montgomery 51-38 2/26, Bethesda Chevy Chase 65-61 at R. Montgomery 3/3

Gators losses - @Poly 72-63 12/13, @John Carroll 77-62 12/19, Gerstell 61-52, 12/28, McDonogh 46-45, Woodlawn 52-50, Milford Mill

Trojans losses - @Paint Branch 103-74, @Bowie 62-59, Northwest 71-64, Richard Montgomery 67-63, Magruder 61-28

Strength of Schedule - MPSSAA; PH rank 8th, played 8 top 25 teams (tied for 2nd) G #42

Streak; PH Gators have won 10 of 11, only loss v MMA 69-66 2/12; G Trojans have won 8 in a row

Road/Neutral; PH 8-6 Gators won regional at Dulaney G 8-3; Trojans beat Barons at neutral Richard Montgomery

Off/Def PH Off - 73.6 (3rd in MPSSAA), Def - 58.0; G Off - 65.9, Def - 53.0

Perry Hall

1 La'Quill Hardnett 6'9 SR - 16.3 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 3.8 apg Cinci commit

24 Anthony Higgs 6'8 SR - 14.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, Ol'Miss commit

3 Anthony Walker 6'8 JR - Scored 25 in regional final win over Paint Branch, 22 in sectiional final win v Dulaney

15 Tyler Holley 6'4 SR - 4 year player, 3 year starter, Morgan St football commit

Five years ago, when Perry Hall coach George Panageotou was hired, the Gators had never advanced to a Final Four, and even more startling, he became the fifth Gators coach in 5 years.

Thankfully to Panageotou, and more thankfully to a trio of 3-year starters for the Gators, which includes a pair of 6'8 forwards with guard skills, and another 6'4 multi-sport athlete, the Gators are the defending 4A state champs, and now, 3-time defending 4A North regional champions.

Gaithersburg

25 Jao Ituku 6'1 FR - 17.8 ppg, 22 v Clarksburg in sectional final, 18 v BCC in regional final

23 Jordan Hawkins 6'4 FR - 12.9 ppg, 49 3's

2 Jordan Graham 6'0 SR - 3 year varsity player, key 3 in regional final

3 Kevin Neal 6'1 SR - 12.6 ppg, senior leader

4 Julio Tomaklou 6'1 SR - Scored 18 in regional final win over BCC


Twenty years ago, Gaithersburg not only won their only state title in boys basketball, but the Trojans were a part of the longest playoff game in MPSSAA playoff history, and also one of the greatest games in MPSSAA history, overcoming a 16 point halftime deficit to win a five-overtime title game over Michael Sweetney and Oxon Hill. Sweetney had scored 13 first half points.

The Trojans used a 16-3 run to close the game to force overtime. Cornell Hawkins made a layup to tie the game in the first overtime to force another session. In the fourth overtime, the Trojans were down 3 with 6 seconds to go when Mike Ryan's three point attempt was off target and it looked as though the marathon was over, but Hawkins ran it down and put up a 3 off the glass to force a fifth overtime. The Trojans held on as attrition hit the Clippers hard over the five extra sessions, and went on to win the schools first state title.

The Trojans Charles Johnson ended up coming out on top in his matchup with Sweetney, scoring 30 points. Johnson played all 52 minutes. Sweetney finished with 15 points, while Hekima Johnson led the Clippers with 29 points. Rudolph Nehimiah scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Trojans, while Ryan Gorham scored 20 points and hauled in 13 rebounds for the Clippers.

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