Aberdeen routs Edgewood, 94-74

Eagles withstand 49 points from Rams' Hancock to win Harford County game

Boys basketball

High Schools

January 18, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Everything pointed toward a game to remember before Aberdeen's 94-74 victory over Edgewood last night.

No. 3 Aberdeen, the defending state champion, faced a No. 19 Edgewood team that featured Jermaine Hancock, who was averaging 35 points and needed 33 points to score his 1,000th career point.

Add the fact that Aberdeen (10-1 overall and 6-1 in the league) and Edgewood (8-4, 6-1) are Harford County's fiercest basketball rivals.

It was no surprise that the Edgewood gym was packed by halftime of the junior varsity game.

The final score probably disappointed fans who hoped for a closer game.

But most people went away happy, realizing they had just seen some remarkable players perform remarkably well. Chief among them was the Rams' Hancock, who scored a career-high 49 points and broke the 1,000-point mark.

From the time he pumped the first two baskets of the game, both three-pointers off the dribble and from way beyond the arc, Hancock never ceased to amaze the crowd with his slick moves, quickness and shooting ability.

"I've never had anyone score 49 points against my team," Eagles coach Richard Hart said. "He's an incredible offensive player with a range I've never seen. He's quick off the dribble and has quite a future in college."

Yet the second-best performance belonged to Aberdeen's Jai Lewis, a 6-foot-6 center who scored 24 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked five shots and made five assists. Aberdeen went to him at will in the second half.

Finishing with the third-best effort was Aberdeen's Gary Neal, a 6-4 forward who had 22 points, six assists, two steals and three rebounds.

Another big game came from Aberdeen's Teon Edwards, who scored 23 points, had three assists and three steals and whose quickness and three-point shooting ability at times rivaled Hancock.

Throw in Aberdeen's Allen Holmes, who had 10 points, eight rebounds and four steals, and Jason Peterson with 13 points, and you have a wealth of talent.

"At their full strength we just can't beat them," Edgewood coach Bob Slagle said. "We don't have the athletes to throw up there. They have offensive weapons all over the floor. We're inexperienced and young. Jermaine can only do so much."

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