ABERDEEN -- Damon Bomar, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound forward, sparked a second half surge, as Edgewood raced past Aberdeen, 65-57, last night to retain first place in the Harford County League.
Bomar scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and had 10 assists, as the 18th-ranked Rams ran their league record to 8-0. For the Rams, playing without starter Steve Lewis, it was the second league showdown in three days. They beat second-place Joppatowne Wednesday.
The teams played a fast-paced, full-court game in the first quarter, finishing it tied at 19. The lead changed hands seven times before Edgewood took a 35-30 edge on John Hobbs' jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the half.
"I thought we were in good shape after the first quarter," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle. "They threw their best at us, and we stayed right with them."
The Rams had watched a 29-point lead melt away to a three-point win when they met Aberdeen three weeks earlier. They left little doubt that it would not be repeated last night as they forged a 12-point margin midway through the third quarter and entered the final eight minutes with a 48-38 lead.
"Our kids stayed focused," said Slagle. "We were able to do the things we had to do. Maurice [Boone] controlled the entire game, and Damon was there to do the job when we needed him."
Hobbs, a 5-10 senior, scored 16 points. Boone added 12 and Lawrence Worthington 10.
"Hobbs had a good ballgame," said Aberdeen coach Ron Petrey. "They got us out of what we wanted to do, and they didn't allow us to get back in the game."
Steve Davis led the Eagles' scoring with 18 points and hit two three-pointers. Hemi Huff scored nine, and point guard Demont Blackmon added seven.
Edgewood, 15-1 overall, holds a two-game lead over both Aberdeen and Joppatowne.