JOPPATOWNE -- The Edgewood Rams, who found themselves playing catch-up for the first time this season, rallied in the final quarter to beat Joppatowne last night, 54-47, and strengthen their lead in the Harford County League.
The Rams fell behind 1 minute, 10 seconds into the game and didn't take command until John Hobbs picked off an errant pass and sank a short jumper with 3:11 remaining in the game.
With center Kevin Hockaday, 6 feet 5, back in the lineup after an injury, the Mariners looked unbeatable in the first 10 minutes. Hockaday scored 15 of his game-high 23 points in the first quarter as the Mariners raced to a 21-12 lead.
They maintained a nine-point cushion through the first half, but their offense bogged down when point guard Kilo Mack ran into foul trouble. The 6-foot senior had three fouls by the middle of the second quarter and fouled out with 4:33 remaining in the fourth.
Hockaday, too, ran into trouble. He went to the bench near the end of the first half limping slightly on his injured ankle. He returned to the game, but without Mack at the point, the Mariners' lead dwindled to six as the third quarter ended.
"Kilo is my main man," said Hockaday. "When we lost him that hurt us."
Edgewood began to gather momentum early in the fourth quarter when Lawrence Worthington pulled off a three-point play and narrowed the gap to five. Hobbs and Damon Bomar scored in succession to draw within one. Then Brian Johnson hit a free throw to tie it at 43.
Then the Rams then pulled away behind the clutch play of Maurice Boone and Bomar. The two led Edgewood with 17 points apiece.
The 13th-ranked Rams played without 18-point-per-game scorer Steve Lewis, who is out indefinitely with a back injury.