The Aberdeen Eagles (12-3 overall, 6-1 league) used a full-court press and relentless man-to-man defense to deal No. 14 Joppatowne (11-1, 5-1 league) its first loss of the season last night, 76-41, in a Harford County League game.
Bill Griffin lead the Eagles with 25 points and six rebounds. Hemi Huff (10), Steve Davis (12) and Sean Myles (12) all scored in double figures.
The Eagles outscored the Mariners, 20-7, in the first quarter, and led by 32-23 at halftime.
In the third quarter, Aberdeen again scored 20 points and allowed only eight from Joppatowne to take a 52-31 lead into the final quarter.
"Hopefully we're getting at the level where we are supposed to be," said Aberdeen head coach Ron Petrey.
The Eagles used the man-to-man effectively on defense and used quick perimeter passing and picks on offense to score its points.
"We have to take advantage of what we have," said Petrey.
The Mariners were playing without power center Kevin Hockaday, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder who suffered a sprained ankle earlier this week.
Mariner point guard Kilo Mack said he and teammate B.J. Barnes, who recently returned from a foot injury, had the flu and were slowed down considerably.
The Mariners' Terrance Cain lead his team with 14 points, Barnes added 10 and Mike Harris and Jermaine Head each added six.
With the win, Eagles players are ready to move on.
"Even without Hockaday, we feel confident and we want Edgewood," said Griffin.
Aberdeen will play host to Edgewood (5-0 league) Friday night in a key Harford County matchup. Joppatowne will play at Edgewood tonight in a makeup game.