For seven of the last eight years, the first meeting between the Aberdeen and Havre de Grace boys basketball teams has been snowed out.
Last year, the two teams managed to beat the weather, but early-morning snow on Jan. 11 brought back the tradition.
Snow closings forced postponement of all the boys' basketball games on Jan. 11. In addition to Aberdeen-Havre de Grace, also postponedwere Joppatowne at Edgewood, Fallston at Bel Air and C. Milton Wright at North Harford.
Bel Air topped Fallston, 60-54, last Monday inthe only make-up game so far. Some have not been rescheduled yet.
One of the most highly anticipated contests of the season was the Joppatowne-Edgewood game. That matchup has been postponed to Jan. 30.
With Tuesday's 75-29 romp over North Harford, Joppatowne (8-0 overall, 3-0 league) remained the county's only undefeated squad. Kevin Hockaday scored 23 for the Mariners while Kilo Mack added 18 and Terrance Cain chipped in 13.
Scott Drega led North Harford with 12.
Edgewood, however, is also undefeated in the Harford County League. The Rams (9-1, 3-0) beat C. Milton Wright, 73-62, Tuesday as five Edgewood players scored in double figures. Steve Lewis hit for 26 points while Maurice Boone added 12. Damon Bomar, Brian Johnson and Lawrence Worthington chipped in 10 each.
The Rams needed strong foul shooting to pull out the win over the Mustangs (3-8, 0-3). Although the Rams only scored one more field goal than the Mustangs, Edgewood hit 19 of 28 from the line. The Mustangs hit seven of 10.
Brian Gryzb ledthe Mustangs with 17 points while Billy Simmons added 14. Chris Shuehad 13 and Mike Weichert chipped in 12.
In other action last week, Bel Air topped Fallston Monday and then fell to Aberdeen Tuesday. The Bobcats (7-3, 3-1) were to face Edgewood Friday night in what may be the toughest stretch of their entire season. This week, they will face Elkton and Joppatowne.
Against Fallston, the Bobcats had a 29-28 halftime lead. But they dropped off in the third quarter, scoringonly two points in the first six minutes.
"We were just standing around," said Bobcats coach Bill Georg. "We looked up at the scoreboard and there were only two minutes left in the quarter, but we had only scored on two foul shots."
The Bobcats scored 29 points in the final 10 minutes of the game. They also held the Cougars to five points in the final quarter.
Bill Steelman led Bel Air with 12 points while Paul Daniele added 10.
Mike Eves scored 25 in the Bobcats' 68-61 loss to Aberdeen. The Eagles (8-3, 2-1) jumped out to a 40-21 halftime lead, before the Bobcats turned the game around. "They dominated us inside with second and third shots. We were trying to give up the outside shots, but they didn't need them," said Georg.
Althoughthe Bobcats scored 40 second-half points, the Eagles held on with a 28-point half.
Fallston (6-5, 1-2) bounced back from the loss to Bel Air with a 97-67 win over Havre de Grace Tuesday. Steve Chaires and Scoop Kelly had 26 each for Fallston while Matt Dontell added 25.
Havre de Grace (3-8, 0-3) got 31 points from Rob Hunter, who also had 31, 30 and 27 points in the three previous games. Brent Bramwell scored 19.
"We are trying to run the fast-break offense," said Warriors coach Alex Spooner.