Sixth-ranked Springbrook recovered from a six-minute scoreless period and a 16-0 Blair first-half run to squeeze out a 64-59 decision over the Blazers in a Maryland AA Region II semifinal playoff game last night at Springbrook.

The Blue Devils (22-1) will meet Bethesda-Chevy Chase (16-7 after defeating Whitman, 74-64, last Saturday) at Springbrook at 7 for the region title and a berth in the state semifinals.

In winning its 44th game of its last 48, Springbrook got all it could handle to beat rival Blair for a third time this year. Kevin McClinton scored 21 of his 29 points after intermission as Springbrook shook off a dismal second period when it went scoreless more than six minutes and its 20-10 lead turned into a 26-20 deficit at the half.

Springbrook missed seven layups in the half and went 13 consecutive possessions without scoring. In between Blue Devils misses, the Blazers got untracked and began scoring easy baskets. Steve Turner scored all 10 of his points in the Blair spurt.

"We were getting good shots; we just missed them," said Springbrook Coach John Barrett, named to coach the local all-stars in the Capital Classic next month. "Then we got in foul trouble and our reserves, who have played well all year, didn't help us tonight. We just weren't sharp and we missed free throws."

McClinton got his team off to a good second half start with a three-pointer. He got 12 more points and Shawn Clifton (16 points, 14 rebounds) got five as Springbrook took a 44-43 lead going into the last eight minutes.

Blair (11-13) hurt its chances with a five-minute scoring drought in the final period. The visitors went eight possessions without a point, but the Blue Devils only took a 50-47 lead.

Blair kept pace until it was 54-51, then Anthony Jennings (eight points) and Darrel Anson (seven) made layups and Clifton made two free throws and a three-point play, putting Springbrook up by 63-53.

"We had success getting the ball inside early and we got some inside shots in the second half," Barrett said. "I really don't like getting a bye {as top seed}. I prefer to play."

The Blazers got a three-point play from Marcus Johnson (10) and a layup by Andrews in the waning seconds to cut the deficit to 63-59 with 10 seconds left.