COLLEGE PARK -- Overlea High made it 3-for-3 for Baltimore County in the state tournament semifinals last night, defeating Stephen Decatur, 53-29, in a Class 2A game at Cole Field House.
The Falcons will meet Prince George's County's Forestville in today's 6 p.m. championship game. Forestville defeated Walkersville, 85-80, in last night's other 2A semifinal.
Overlea joined Catonsville (3A) and Milford Mill (1A) which had already advanced to today's state finals in two other classifications.
Baltimore County has won just three state titles since the tournament came under the direction of the state association in 1947 --- Franklin (1948), Towson (1963) and Milford Mill (1988).
Overlea used a method similar to that of Milford Mill and Catonsville, which dominated their opponents and won by margins of more than 20 points.
Decatur made just 13 of 57 shots and turned the ball over 21 times. The Seahawks were just three of 10 from the free-throw line.
For much of the second half, there was more interest in whether an undermanned Decatur squad would set a tournament record for the least amount of points scored in a game, which is 28 set by Hagerstown in 1951. However, with 2 minutes left, Shawn Harris got a breakaway layup to make it 51-29.
"We played a good defensive game," said Overlea senior center Bernard Hopkins who had seven blocks. "All 23 games we've done that. Defense and rebounding, that really was the key."
Overlea had no such scoring problems with Hopkins leading the way. He scored 26 points and grabbed 19 rebounds to lead the Falcons (23-0).
Decatur coach Tyrone Mills said that Hopkins was the key for the Falcons.
"The offensive rebounds, the second and third shots. He hurt us on those," said Mills. "He did a pretty good job of passing once we doubled down on him."
Overlea started quickly, building an 8-2 lead with Hopkins scoring six. The Falcons went on to lead 12-6 at the end of the first quarter as Decatur made just three of 17 shots.
In the second quarter Decatur (19-6) made just three of 15 shots as Overlea pulled ahead 22-12 at intermission. It was much of the same in the second half.