1st North title for Chesapeake-BC

Class 1A boys basketball

March 03, 2002|By Eric Brandner | Eric Brandner,SUN STAFF

NORTH EAST - Chesapeake of Baltimore County withstood a late run by North East to hold on yesterday for its first Class 1A North Regional boys basketball championship, 45-41.

Chesapeake (15-11) advanced to play Dunbar, a 99-62 winner over Poolesville, in the 1A state semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday at Cole Field House in College Park.

Trailing by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter, North East (14-9) used Andy Thompson's turnaround jumper to cut the deficit to two with less than 15 seconds remaining. Off an inbounds play, however, Chesapeake's Raymond Fields got the ball at half court and sealed the victory with an uncontested layup.

"We've been in that situation before, and I knew we could overcome that adversity," said Chesapeake coach Matthew Mackey.

Chesapeake used a motion offense and tough half-court defense to hold the Indians to 43 fewer points than they scored in their regional semifinal victory over Loch Raven.

"The harder you work the easier things come to you in life," Mackey said. "We let the defense create our offense and today that's what happened."

After Chesapeake took an 11-10 lead into the second quarter, the Bayhawks' Brandon Holifield took over. The Chesapeake guard hit two three-pointers and scored 12 points during a 14-4 run. Eddie Hill came off the bench to score 10 points in the quarter for the Indians, but the Bayhawks still held a 29-24 halftime lead.

Neither team came out strong in the second half, but a buzzer-beating jumper by Juan Wilkes extended Chesapeake's lead to 36-29 at the end of the third quarter.

Thompson's layup with 1:05 remaining cut the Chesapeake lead to 41-39 and brought the North East crowd to its loudest point of the game.

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