Joppatowne Falls Short In Bid For Third Straight Title

March 08, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

For most of the Harford County boys basketball teams, this season's highlight reel won't include much action from the regional playoffs. Although all nine teams reached the first round, only two, Aberdeen and Edgewood, survived the second.

Here are some of the regionals' more memorable moments:

* No Three-Peat. Joppatowne's hold on the state Class 1A title came to an end Monday when the Mariners fell to Fallston in the regional opener. A frenzied fourth quarter, in which the Cougars scored 25 points to win, 62-49, ended the Mariners' hopes for a third straight trip to Cole Field House.

* Quadruple double. All five of Aberdeen's starters scored in double figures, as the Eagles knocked off Parkville, 83-72, in Thursday night's Class 3A semifinal. William Griffin led the Eagles with 24, followed by Thomas Williams, 16, Demetrius Harris and Richard Johnson, 13 each, and Tito Coley, 10.

* Working Overtime. Edgewood outscored North Caroline, 7-0, in OT to win its Class 2A semifinal Thursday night, 59-52. The Worthington brothers led the Rams in scoring -- Lawrence had 17 and Kenton, 15. Demont Blackmon added 12.

* Road Warriors. Sixth-seeded Havre de Grace turned on afurious run to rally from 14 down early in the fourth quarter and nearly upset host Bohemia Manor in Monday night's Class 1A opener. The Warriors pulled within two several times, on the sharpshooting of Robert Hunter and Brent Bramwell before bowing, 78-75.

Hunter scored 16 of his 28 points, and Brent Bramwell 12 of his 21 in the final period. The Warriors got a lot of those points off their transition game. They used the same press that helped them beat Joppatowne and Edgewood in the final weeks of the regular season, but it wasn't enough tomake up for poor shooting early on, including 17-of-34 from the free-throw line.

* Round Two. Only two teams, Fallston and C. Milton Wright,

passed their opening-round tests on Monday. Aberdeen, Edgewood and Harford Tech had byes to boost them into the semifinals. However, Fallston and C. Milton Wright ran into trouble in the semis.

Fallston fell to top-seeded Perryville, 65-59, in a Class 1A semifinal. The Mustangs dropped their Class 3A semifinal to top-seeded Catonsville, 72-53.

* Shooting Star. Harford Tech's 71-67 loss to Bohemia Manor Thursday night ended the career of the Cobras' Akeil Johns, the most prolific scorer in the Baltimore metropolitan area for the last two years. Johns, who scored 33 in Thursday's Class 1A semifinal, averaged 35.6 points per game this season.

* That Championship Season. North Harford would like to have celebrated the 30th anniversaryof its only state championship by making a second trip to the final four.

But Wicomico ended the Hawks' dreams for a title in a heart-breaker, 59-58, in a Class 2A quarterfinal Monday night.

The Hawkshad several shots in the waning seconds, but the Eastern Shore squadheld on to win. Chris Kloss and Brandon Greene led the Hawks with 16points each.

* Stone Cold. When the Bobcats started off Monday night's game missing five straight layups, Bel Air coach Bill Georg figured it would be a long night.

He was right. The Bobcats fell behind, 11-5, in the first quarter and never caught up, falling, 73-44, to Parkville in a Class 3A quarterfinal.

"We really lost our confidence," said Georg, whose squad finished the season 11-12.

Offensively, the Bobcats never got into the game. Scott Price and Steve Kagayled the Bobcats with eight points each.

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