Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Friendly senior guard Trevan Jackson kept the second-ranked Patriots close in the Maryland 3A East Region final with his 25 points but junior forward Sam Young sealed the victory with one free throw and a blocked shot in overtime, as Friendly defeated visiting Annapolis, 73-72, Friday night.
Young made one of two free throws with the score tied at 72 with 28 seconds left in the extra session. The Panthers (23-2) had a chance to win the game with 14 seconds left, but were unable to score as Young produced his fifth blocked shot of the game during a scramble at the end.
It was the third straight year the two teams met in the region playoffs. However, the Patriots won their first game of the series and snapping the Panthers' 22-game winning streak in the process.
The Patriots (23-1) will face Blake in the state semifinals Thursday. The last time Friendly qualified for the state tournament was in 1998 when it won the state title.
"It's incredible," said Friendly Coach Gerald Moore. "They made us have to go to the next level. [Annapolis senior guard] Laronja Owens [24 points] is as tough as they get. We played harder because we knew about the reputation of Annapolis and how good they are."
Senior forward Josh Johnson led the Panthers with 24 points and 16 rebounds.
Chopticon Wins South Region
Chopticon senior T.J. Carter put on an offensive clinic in Morganza in the No. 18 Braves' 77-64 win over Thomas Stone in the 3A South Region final. Senior center Terrell Reeves matched that showing with a remarkable display of courage.
Reeves, who spent the afternoon at the emergency room to have X-rays taken on both of his wrists after a hard fall in Wednesday night's semifinal victory against La Plata, did not warm up prior to the game. His wrists were heavily taped to protect his damaged ligaments. However, he was introduced as a starter before a crowd of about 2,000.
Reeves proceed to grab the opening tip and scored 11 seconds later on a layup. He finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out with 3 minutes 7 seconds to play.
"Terrell coming out and getting that first basket when we didn't even think he was going to be able to play, it was just incredible," said Chopticon Coach Rich O'Donnell, who did not make a substitution until Reeves fouled out.
"We knew we had to have him to win this game. He just played on heart and on guts. He's an amazing kid."
Carter, meantime, poured in a season-high 36 points, marking his third consecutive playoff game of more than 33 points.
Carter's two three-pointers to start the third quarter -- sandwiched around another three-pointer by senior forward Jonathan Pease -- turned what had been a narrow four-point lead at halftime into a 48-35 lead.
Thomas Stone (19-4) kept fighting, cutting Chopticon's (19-2) lead to 65-64 with 2:56 to play, but Carter answered 13 seconds later with a baseline jumper that ended the Cougars' run. Thomas Stone did not score again.
Blake Wins West With Defense
Blake High's basketball team has built the best record in program history this season with ferocious man-to-man defense.
So it was fitting that the 3A West Region championship game against Linganore turned in the Bengals' favor when they turned up their defensive pressure.
With less than 15 seconds to play, Blake senior guard Rusty Rulapaugh stepped in front of a pass intended for Linganore sharpshooter Zach Hayes and drove for a layup to cap a 48-42 victory to give the Bengals their first region title.
"I knew they were trying to get [Hayes] the ball," Rulapaugh said.
"I would have been happy with just contesting his shot, but I saw the steal right there and it was too good to pass up."
The Bengals (20-4), in their fourth season with a varsity program, will face 3A East champion Friendly on Thursday.
Linganore (18-7) led 27-22, 1:21 into the second half after Hayes (game-high 14 points) hit his fourth three-pointer of the game. The Bengals, however, held the Lancers to just four points over the next 13:27 and took a 40-33 lead.
Special correspondent Jake Schaller contributed to this report.