Edgewood holds off Joppatowne, 55-49 Basketball

January 31, 1991|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,Special to The Sun

EDGEWOOD -- Led by sophomore Maurice Boone, Edgewood took a commanding first-half lead, then withstood a rally to beat 14th-ranked Joppatowne, 55-49, last night in a key Harford County League game.

Boone, a 6-foot point guard, scored 10 points in the first half, as the Rams jumped to 34-15 lead. He scored key points on a layup with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining to hold back a Joppatowne surge that had brought the Mariners into contention from a 21-point deficit.

The game, delayed three weeks by a snow cancellation, was to be a showdown between the two top-ranked Harford teams. It lost its luster, however, when Mariners star center Kevin Hockaday suffered an ankle injury six days earlier. Playing without Hockaday, the top rebounder (15.4) and No. 2 scorer (23.7) in the league, Joppatowne had seen its 16-game win streak end the night before against Aberdeen.

Edgewood scored the first nine points of the game then pulled away to a 22-9 first-quarter lead. The Rams' man-to-man defense and cold Joppatowne shooting combined to raise the margin to 19 points at halftime.

Edgewood, fresh from a near-record 107-point production the night before, had four players score in double figures. Brian Johnson, Damon Bomar, and Steve Lewis each hit 11. Boone scored 13.

"He (Boone) is as good as any point guard around, definitely as good as any sophomore point guard," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle.

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