Aberdeen Faces Wright In Boys Finale

February 23, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

Ron Petrey might not mind two weeks off between games if he coached a football team headed for the Super Bowl.

But his Aberdeen High basketball team doesn't need that kind of interruption going into the regional playoffs. Neither does George Constantine's C. Milton Wrightsquad.

Both teams, headed for the Class 3A regional playoffs, faced nearly two weeks off between the end of the regular season and the beginning of postseason competition. So Petrey and Constantine filled in the gap by postponing last week's scheduled contest until Tuesday night.

The Eagles, ranked No. 12 by The Sun, were 19-2 overall and 13-0in the league going into Friday night's scheduled game at North Harford. A win over the Hawks would have clinched the county title for the Eagles because Wright was in second place with two league losses.

Still, Tuesday's game will be important for both teams. The Eagles want to finish off the league season undefeated while the Mustangs (16-4, 10-2) might improve their standing for the regional playoffs with an upset. Aberdeen should hold onto the No. 2 seed behind Catonsville while the Mustangs will be no lower than fourth. They have an outside shot at passing Parkville and moving into third.

The Eagles won the first meeting with C. Milton Wright on the strength of their pressure defense, 62-40. But Petrey isn't banking on the same kind of game Tuesday.

"What happened in that game can't help us in this game," said Petrey. "They didn't shoot the ball well in the first game. I'm sure they're capable of doing more offensively against us. And I wouldn't be surprised if George will try to do some things he didn't do against us the first time."

Constantine wouldn't tip his hand, but said he might have a few surprises to spring on the Eagles.

Still, Constantine said the Eagles would be tough to beat. "They're a very balanced team. That's what makes them difficult to beat," he said. "They have good overall speed and they have balanced scoring. In the first game they had four people score in double figures."

Four Aberdeen players average double figures in scoring: William Griffin, 14.5; Demtrius Harris, 13.5; Thomas Williams, 10.6; and Richard Johnson, 10.3.

The Mustangs, however, have three players averaging in double figures: Brian Gryzb, 17.9; Bill Simmons, 14.6; and Brian Moen, 14.

Mustangs' point guard Mike Weichert is just 10 shy of the school record for career assists set by Mark Weaver in 1989. If he didn'tbreak the record Friday night against Fallston, he should do it Tuesday.

Going into Friday night's game, Weichert had 403 assists in three varsity seasons. His season total was 180 with a nine-per-game average.

In other Harford County boys basketball action Tuesday night, Bel Air upset Edgewood, 54-50, to keep its Class 3A regional playoff hopes alive. Dia Nichols scored a game-high 15 for Bel Air (9-11 overall, 6-7 league).

Matt Sedgely had 12 and Tim Merrill added 11. The Bobcats scored one less field goal than the Rams, but they hit 17-of-26 free throws to make up the difference.

James Jackson led the Rams (11-8, 8-5) with 15 while Keith Plageman added 11.

North Harford (9-11, 5-8) got 19 points from Damon Roberts to beat Fallston, 58-45. Brandon Greene and Bill O'Patterson scored 11 each.

Rob Myers scored 14 for Fallston (9-11, 5-8) while Steve Chaires added 12.

Four players scored in double figures to lead Havre de Grace (7-14, 2-11) over Joppatowne, 68-55. Robert Hunter scored 19 while Greg Brown and Ardia White had 11 each and Brent Bramwell added 10.

BillPilkerton led the Mariners (8-13, 3-10) with 17 while Jermaine Head added 12 and Rodney Briscoe, 10.

The Class 1A and 2A playoff pictures are too close to call with all of the local teams, including Harford Tech, still in contention. Boys regional action begins March 3.

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