Cobras clip Parkside for state 1A boys' basketball final four spot; Annapolis shocks No. 18 Meade in 4A East final with late run (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS HERE!!)
CLASS 2A EAST REGION BOYS' BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
HARFORD TECHThe proverbial clock struck midnight for Wilde Lake High while Dominic Webb became a hero, just in the nick of time for Harford Tech.
The Cobras made history Saturday, winning the Class 2A East Region boys' basketball championship with a 59-57 victory over Parkside. Webb’s two free throws with 5.7 seconds left in regulation was the difference for Harford Tech.
Webb finished with 19 points for Harford Tech (19-5 overall), which will play second-ranked Patterson in a state semifinal Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the University of Maryland. Darius Dangerfield, who set the Harford County all-time career scoring mark, had 17 points for the Cobras.
The hero was Webb, who scored the Bel Air’s school final six points. The 5-foot-11 guard dropped nine points in the crucial final quarter.
CLASS 4A EAST REGION BOYS' BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
Annapolis got some late heroics to end Meade’s reign as 4A East Region champions, advancing to the state 4ª final four. Junior guard Chris Jones scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter.
Down six with less than three minutes left in regulation, Annapolis (17-8) went on a 9-0 run to stun the host Mustangs (19-7). After connecting on a game-tying jumper, Jones converted a 3-point play, giving the Panthers the lead for good.
“We struggled here and there and we had some downfalls,” said Jones. “We just had to rely on our intensity and defensive and offensive rebounding.”
Trey Gross (11 points), who starred on the Panthers’ state semifinal football team, came up with a huge offensive grab after a missed free throw with 40 seconds remaining in regulation.
It’s a state-record 28th region championship for Annapolis, which will play No. 1 Perry Hall in a state semifinal Thursday at the University of Maryland. It’s also the first since 1974 without John Brady.
Brady, who won 772 games, 23 Anne Arundel County titles and a state 4A title in 39 seasons, stepped before the start of the season. Smalley, a former player who was interim coach while Brady recovered from back injury, succeeded him.
The Panthers were a pedestrian 4-4 after the Christmas holiday break, but have since won 13 of 17. Annapolis avenged a 74-59 regular season loss to Meade, which reached the 4ª title game in 2016 and 2015 (won championship).
"This is probably one of the first times we came back from that much down that late this season," Annapolis coach Dan Smalley said. "I'm really proud of the guys."
CLASS 1A SOUTH REGION BOYS' BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS
Edmondson is back in the state final four after a 67-57 victory over New Era Academy in the 1ª South final. Deshawn Ruffin and Tyjuan Morton each scored 14 points for the .Red Storm (19-4).
The west Baltimore school went on a 15-3 third quarter run to advance to its third state semifinal. Edmondson will play Allegany in a state semifinal Friday night at 9 p.m. at Xfinity Center.
The Athol Avenue school which won titles in 2014 (Class 1A) and 2013 (Class 2A) will join fellow city schools Poly and Patterson in College Park next week.
“It’s been a normal grind with the Baltimore City schedule. What people don’t realized we only lost four games,” said Edmondson coach Darryl Dantzler. “We went through some adversity early, but the kids came back.”
“People have doubted us all year,” said Morton. “We came to play today. All that matter is getting to Xfinity.”
Wilde Lake and Havre de Grace both fell a win shy of advancing to the University of Maryland. The Warriors dropped an 81-77 home overtime decisión to Prince George’s County’s Fairmont Heights.
Yearlando Reed scored eight of his 17 points in the extra sessiodsn for Fairmont Heights (15-8). Senior Kenneth Sumpter poured in a game-high 31 points for Havre de Grace (16-7).
Wilde Lake’s Cinderella-like run ended on the Eastern Shore as Stephen Decatur posted a 65-55 victory in the East Region final.
Kevon Voyles scored 19 points for Stephen Decatur (25-1), which will play No. 4 Poly, Thursday at 3 p.m. at the University of Maryland. The Seahawks lost to C. Milton Wright in overtime in last year’s 3ª state final.
Trea Keys finished with 17 points for Wilde Lake (17-9), which defeated Howard County league champ River Hill and 2015 state champion Centennial. The Wildecats last reached the state final four in 1994.
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