EDGEWOOD -- Damon Bomar and Steve Lewis combined for 29 points to lead Edgewood over Aberdeen, 57-55, in the boys state Class 2A, Region IV championship game last night.
Bomar, a 5-foot-11 forward, had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Rams (23-1), who advanced to the state semifinals for the first time since 1977. Lewis, a 6-3 forward, came off the bench to score 13 points, including clutch three-pointers that helped stave off a late rally.
The victory extended the 14th-ranked Rams' winning streak to 18.
It was Edgewood's third win this season over 18th-ranked Aberdeen (18-6). As it did in the first meeting, Edgewood built a comfortable lead, then watched Aberdeen gnaw it away.
The teams exchanged the lead through most of the first quarter. Then a 15-2 run gave the Rams a 31-22 halftime lead. During one stretch in the first half, the Eagles went without a field goal for nine minutes. Guard Demont Blackmon ended the drought with the first of his four three-point goals with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the period.
A Blackmon layup brought the Eagles within 43-41, just as the third quarter ended, and his three-pointer with 2:35 to play set up the dramatic ending.
Trailing, 57-55, the Eagles took possession at midcourt with 29 seconds left. Edgewood kept the Eagles from getting the shot they needed. Steve Davis' jumper from the right baseline bounced off the rim and Lewis rebounded as the clock ran out.
"That was pressure," said Lewis, the Rams' leading outside shooter, who sat out most of the last five games with a back injury. "It was the most pressure I've ever been in."
"Aberdeen is a very good team," said Edgewood coach Bob Slagle. "To beat a very good team three times in a season is extremely difficult. But our kids met the challenge. We've had a team pretty badly hurt by injuries."