2017 Maryland Boys Basketball State Tournament Championship Recap
1A Championship - Fairmont Heights vs Edmondson/Westside -
Fairmont Heights led by juniors Yearlarndo Reed, Darren-Lucas White and Kimani Benjamin, took control in the second half to defeat Edmondson-Westside 65-52, capturing their first Maryland State title since 1981. The Hornets got off to a rocky start as they saw themselves down 10-1 mid way through the first quarter before settling down and cutting the lead to one, as they trailed 12-11 after one. A duel between Edmondson sophomore Teon Gardner and Fairmont Heights Reed, brought a back an forth scoring battle between the two teams as the Red Storm held a 30-28 lead ove rthe Hornets. Second half the Hornets trio of Reed, Lucas-White and Benjamin went to work, overwhelming the Red Storm 37-22 for the remainder of the game to take home the 1A crown. Fairmont shot a blistering 85 percent in the fourth period while holding Edmondson to 16 percent shooting. Reed finished with a team high 17 points on 7-8 shooting, Lucas White posted 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals while Benjamin added 14 points and 9 rebounds to pace the Hornets. Edmondson sophomore guard Teon Gardner scored a game high 18 points while senior guard Frankye Duckett contributed 13 points.
2A Championship - Patterson High School vs Century High School -
It was a hard fought battle that saw neither team have control throughout most of the game, Patterson defeated Century 49-43 to take home the 3A championship. Patterson did a great of containing Century's sharpshooting point guard Zach Tucker who despite finishing with 16 points, only shot 3-18 from the field. The game came down to last minute with the Clippers leading 41-36. Sophomore point guard Gerard Mango stepped up and made 6-9 from the free throw line to seal the win for Patterson. Mango finished with a game high 19 points while senior forward Christion Adams added a double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior forward Chris Norman help pace Century with 12 points and 8 rebounds.
3A Championship - Baltimore Polytechnic vs Potomac High School -
In a close game that came down to wire, Baltimore Polytechnic held on against Potomac 64-63 thanks to the clutch free throw shooting of star forward DeVondre Perry. Perry was a man all game, finishing with a game high 23 points, 16 rebounds and 3 steals, including 5-6 shooting in the final 45 seconds from the free throw line to ice the game for the Engineers. Potomac was led by senior forward Ryle Burley 16 points and 13 rebounds while fellow senior Travis Henry added 14 points and 7 rebounds.
4A Championship - Perry Hall vs Quince Orchard -
With heavy favorites Wise already eliminated, all eyes were on Perry Hill vs Quince Orchard to see who would be crowned 4A champs. Perry Hall made sure they walked out of Xfinity with the crown as they defeated Quince Orchard in a hard fought overtime affair, 59-56. Perry Hall was led by guard James Rider 18 points, junior forward LaQuill Hardnett who finished with a double double 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks and junior forward Tyler Holley's 14 points. Quince Orchard senior guard Matt Kelly scored a game high 22 points while senior forward Johnny Fierstein added 11 points and 8 rebounds.
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