Fallston's boys basketball team tuned up for the regional playoffs by rolling over Rising Sun, 89-45, Tuesday night. But the Cougars willface a more talented opponent in their Class 1A regional opener -- defending state champ Joppatowne.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m., the Cougars will be host to Joppatowne in the only boys regional game to pair two Harford County teams. At least eight of the nine county teams qualified for this week's regional playoffs.
Only Bel Air's fate was undecided as of Friday. The Bobcats were sitting in the sixth and final spot in Class 3A Region II. But if Dundalk knocks off Perry Hall Friday night, Dundalk would edge the Bobcats for the final berth.
In Class 1A, where Joppatowne is a two-time defending state champ, four Harford County teams made the top six. Perryville (16-3) earned the top-seeded spot in Region III, followed by Harford Tech (13-6), Bohemia Manor (10-10), Fallston (9-11), Joppatowne (8-12) and Havre de Grace (8-12). The Mariners edged out Havre de Grace for fifth on the second tie breaker -- percentage of wins over Class 1A teams.
Perryville and Harford Tech have byes for tomorrow's first round. Havre de Grace travels to Bohemia Manor, Cecil County, and Joppatowne heads to Fallston.
Fallston has already beatenthe Mariners twice this season. "But it's tough to beat somebody three times," said Cougars coach Robin Hood. "Anything can happen once you get in (to regionals). But I think we're ready."
Hood said Tuesday's romp over Rising Sun should help his squad even though they didn't have much competition.
"I think we needed a win," said Hood. "It was good for us to have some pressure off."
Steve Chaires led the Cougars with 20 points, while Rob Meyers added 15 and Brian Fruhling, 10. Everybody on the team scored.
Harford Tech, which will be host to the Bohemia Manor-Havre de Grace winner Thursday night at 7 p.m., dropped its season finale to top-seeded Perryville, 58-52, Thursday. Akeil Johns scored 24, and Tykell Johns added 11 for the Cobras.
In Class 3A Region II, Aberdeen (20-0) earned the second-seeded spot. The Eagles' two losses from a holiday tournament don't count toward regional playoff standings.
Catonsville (18-1) was seeded first. Parkville (15-4) was third, followed by C. Milton Wright (16-4), Lansdowne (8-11), Bel Air (10-10) and Dundalk (7-12).
If Bel Air misses out, it would have fallen victim to the point system by which playoff berths are awarded. Seeds are not determined by won-loss records but by a system that gives the most points for a win over a Class 4A team and the least for a win over a Class 1A team. Harford County Class 3A teams are at a disadvantage because the bulk of their schedule is made up of Class 1A or 2A teams, while the Baltimore County teams play primarily Class 3A and 4A teams.
In the finale of the Harford County schedule, Aberdeen defeated C. Milton Wright, 72-65, Tuesday night. Although the Eagles had already sealed up the county championship, they polished off their title with a 14-0 county record.
The Eagles will have a first-round bye, while the Mustangs host Lansdowne Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
In Class 2A Region IV, Edgewood and North Harford both advanced. Edgewood (12-9) was second-seeded behind Stephen Decatur. North Caroline was third followed by Wicomico, North Harford (10-12) and Parkside. The Hawks will travel to Wicomico tomorrow for a 7 p.m. game.