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2017 Maryland Boys Basketball State Tournament Semifinal - Day Two Recap

Fairmont Heights forward Kimani Benjamin was dominant finishing with 27 points and 9 rebounds in a win over Kent County

1A Semis - Fairmont Heights vs Kent County -

Guard Marquan green scored an efficient 25 points for Kent County

Kent State came in wounded with their best player 6'5 wing Manny Camper out to injury and Fairmont Heights took full advantage. Led by junior forward Kimani Benjamin game high 27 points and 9 rebounds, the Hornets knocked off the Trojans 73-53 to advance to the 1A Championship game. Darren Lucas-White added 13 points for the Hornets while senior point guard Marquan Green led the Trojans with a team high 25 points.

1A Semis - Edmondson/Westside vs Allegany -

Edmondson/Westside guard Teon Gardner tied a game high in scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds

Edmondson/Westside stormed out to a 17-13 first quarter lead behind the sharp shooting of senior guard Dontaz Dean (10 first half points). Allegany responded in the second period behind the inside/outside scoring of senior center Justin Copman (7 first half points) to keep pace with the Red Storm as they trailed 27-24 at the half. The second half saw a back an forth battle as Campers senior guard Sean Rhodes and senior center Justin Copeland did their best to match the offense of Dean and Red Storm sophomore Teon Gardner, however it wasn't enough, as Edmondson/ Westside defeated Allegany 59-52. Gardner finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Dean added 13 points. Center Justin Copman finished with a double double 14 points and 14 rebounds while guard Sean Rhodes added 13 points.

Allegany center Justin Copman posted a double double with 14 points and 14 rebounds

2A Semis - Patterson vs Harford Technical -

Patterson sophomore Marvin Price lived up to the billing finishing with 24 points and 12 rebounds

This game lived up to the billing as both teams came with explosive scorers with Harford Tech's senior point guard Darius Dangerfield(23.6 ppg/ 1,772 career points, most in Harford County history) and Patterson's sophomore guard Marvin Price ( 22.7 ppg). Dangerfield, struck first, shooting 3-3 from deep to give the Cobras a 15-12 lead after one. Patterson took control in the second quarter, thanks to the deadly mid range shooting from Price to take a 34-29 halftime lead. A offensive duel between Dangerfield and Price came to fruition in the second half , however Patterson's Christion Adams and Isaiah Clemons proved to be the difference. The seniors combined for 18 points as Patterson survived against Harford Tech 68-49. Price finished with a double-double 24 points and 12 rebounds while Adams added 13 points and 9 rebounds. Dangerfield paced Harford Tech with a game high 26 points.

One of the smallest players on the court also played the biggest finishing with 26 points

2A Semis - Central vs Century -

Century senior floor general Zach Tucker posted a game high 34 points in the win

The last game of the evening saw Central take on Century in a contrast of two different styles. On e a slashing uptempo style, the other, a spread the floor shoot it from all over style. In the first quarter, Century did just that, shot the lights out as they led 18-7 with senior point guard Zach Tucker scoring seven of his own. Second period belonged to Centrals star guard Trent Dixon. Dixon scored 10 of 12 first half points in the quarter to bring the Falcons within two 25-23 at the half. Century came out of the half like they started the game, with Tucker on fire. Tucker exploded for 10 third quarter points to spark a 22-7 run as the Knights led the Falcons 47-30 at the end of three. The fourth quarter was all Tucker, despite a late rally from Central, the senior guard just scored at will to ensure victory for the Knights as the defeated the Falcons 70-61. Tucker finished with a game high 34 points.

Central leading scorer Trent Dixon finished with a team high 21 points in a losing effort

Day One Results -

3A Semis - Baltimore Poly 74 Stephen Decatur 44

3A Semis - Potomac 66 Seneca Valley 59

4A Semis - Perry Hall 74 Annapolis 63

4A Semis - Wise 52 Quince Orchard 55

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