River Hill hangs on, advances in 3A East

Westminster tops North Carroll in 3A West quarter

Boys basketball

February 27, 2007|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

With a 21-point performance from senior standout Tommy Brenton and a close call in the closing seconds, the River Hill boys basketball team was able to sneak past visiting Aberdeen, 44-43, in a Class 3A East quarterfinal game last night in Clarksville.

Aberdeen reserve guard Darnell Blevins grabbed a long rebound in the left corner and sank a hurried jumper with three seconds left that was ruled a two-point shot, giving the Hawks (19-5) a one-point win.

While the referee, located in the same corner, did not signal a three-point basket was made, the Eagles (14-8) celebrated what they thought was a tying basket that would have produced overtime.

"I never saw the official put up his hands to signal a three, so while they were celebrating, I knew we still had the lead. Our guys were aware of that and got the ball in and then Mike Campanaro threw the ball in the air to run out the clock," said River Hill coach Matt Graves.

The Hawks overcame an 18-15 halftime deficit with Brenton scoring 16 of his 21 points in the second half and Campanaro hitting a free throw with 16 seconds left that turned out to be the difference.

Junior forward Devon Branch led Aberdeen with 14 points.

Glenn Graham

Westminster wins

Westminster guard Kevin Carr, usually one of Carroll County's top free- throw shooters, was ice cold at the line for most of last night's Class 3A West region quarterfinal against North Carroll (13-10).

The senior, however, picked a good time to find his stroke, sinking a pair of foul shots with 1.6 seconds left to lift the host Owls to a 61-59 win.

"I had a big chance to redeem myself, so I was really looking forward to that opportunity," said Carr, an 80 percent foul shooter who had missed four of his first five shots from the line.

The Owls (17-6) advanced to face the winner of last night's game between Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Tuscarora in tomorrow's regional semifinals. B-CC holds the top seed in the region and a No. 14 ranking in the Washington area.

Rich Scherr

No. 11 Glen Burnie 91, South River 74 -- Garrett Blackstone had a game-high 29 points to power the host Gophers (18-5) past the Seahawks (6-17) in Class 4A East action. Glen Burnie advanced to face Broadneck in tomorrow's quarterfinals.

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