Down 18, Aberdeen rallies past Catonsville Henderson paves way to 76-73 Class 2A win

March 06, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

No. 13 Aberdeen (22-2), down 18 with 12 minutes left and 10 with four minutes 35 seconds to go, rallied down the stretch behind the shooting and rebounding of junior E. J. Henderson, and stunned host Catonsville (11-9), 76-73, in a Class 2A North Region semifinal last night.

Aberdeen will be at home against Milford Mill in the championship game at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Henderson led Aberdeen with 23 points and an inspired second-half defensive effort, followed by Mims, 16, and Magby and senior point guard James Smith, 12 each. Mohler had 24 points for the Comets, who also got 12 each from Demone Upchurch and Cameron McCarthy.

Henderson gave the visitors their first lead since the opening minutes of the second period when he capped the comeback with a neat spin move to the basket for a layup and a 67-66 edge with 50 seconds left.

Brendon Mohler, who had sparked the Comets with eight straight points in a second-quarter scoring burst, tied it on the second of two free throws, only to have Eagles' sophomore Joe Magby get a layup at the other end.

Catonsville, which started four juniors and has six among its top eight players, promptly lost the ball out of bounds and when Henderson got a putback it was 71-67, with 22.4 seconds to go.

Last year, eventual state finalist Aberdeen won at Catonsville in a regional matchup when Henderson made a free throw with no time on the clock.

Lake Clifton 76, Northern 71: Michael King scored 21 points and had seven assists as the host Lakers (19-4) edged the Vikings in a Class 4A North quarterfinal. Tyree Canty had a game-high 33 points for Northern.

The Lakers will host top-ranked Southwestern in tomorrow's region championship.

King and Dominique Liverpool help Lake Clifton break from a 69-69 tie by making a combined six of eight free throws in the final two minutes. Eric Evans and Corsley Edwards each added 16 points for the Lakers.

Randallstown 67, C. M. Wright 54: Demon Brown scored 21 points to lead the Rams (20-4) past the host Mustangs (11-13) in a Class 3A North semifinal.

Zack Smith paced C. Milton Wright with 17 points.

Randallstown led 42-20 at halftime before the Mustangs rallied to get within nine points early in the fourth quarter.

Edgewood 98, Bohemia Manor 81: Mike Griffin scored 28 to power host Edgewood (21-4) past Bohemia Manor (14-9) in the Class 1A North semifinal.

Edgewood will host Elkton in the region championship tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Elwood Young led Bohemia Manor with 32.

Elkton 73, Havre de Grace 49: Earl Piner scored 24 as host Elkton (17-7) defeated Havre de Grace in a Class 1A North region semifinal and advanced to the tomorrow's region championship at 7 p.m. at Edgewood.

Woodlawn 66, Bel Air 56: Damon Garris and Aaron Ragsdale scored 18 and 15, respectively, as Woodlawn (22-1) defeated Bel Air (14-10) in Class 3A North semifinal. Woodlawn and Randallstown will meet for the region championship tomorrow night. Nick Triandanfilous led Bel Air with 24.

City girls trounced

Southern-AA 51, City 31: Southern (12-10) raced out to a 30-9 halftime lead and went on to a 51-31 win over City in the Class 2A East semifinals yesterday. City was led by Rolynda Contee's 13 points and 11 by Candice Johnson.

Lindsey Lowman paced Southern with 12 points (10 in the third period) and had seven of the team's 26 steals.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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