As last week drew to a close, the Dundalk boys basketball team had fallen short of winning Baltimore County’s Division 2 and saw C. Milton Wright clinch the top seed in the sectional playoffs.
Suddenly, without stepping on the court, the Owls found themselves in the county championship game and within a coin flip of wrestling playoff home court advantage away from the Mustangs.
Due to using an ineligible player, Milford Mill had to forfeit its February 9 win over Dundalk. That dropped the Millers into a tie for first place in the division with the Owls, and gave Dundalk the tie-breaker.
The Owls were to face Woodlawn in the Baltimore County championship game at Towson University’s SECU Arena on Tuesday after The Eagle went to press.
It was the first time Dundalk had reached the county championship game. The Owl girls played in the county championship game in 2010, losing to Catonsville.
Milford Mill’s forfeit, along with Dundalk defeating Catonsville on Friday and Oakland Mills on Monday, lifted the Owls in to a tie for the top seed in the Class 3A North Region Section II, both with 17-3 records.
Dundalk won the coin toss with C. Milton Wright on Tuesday and will have the top seed and a first-round bye. The Owls will host either Edgewood or Bel Air on Monday.
The Millers’ forfeit also dropped them into a tie with Woodlawn for the top seed in Section I, both with 17-3 records.
If Dundalk reaches the regional championship game, it would host Milford Mill but have to play at Woodlawn. The Warriors defeated the Owls during the regular season (the outcome of the county championship game would have no impact on regional seeding).
Dundalk reached the regional championship game last season, where it lost to eventual Class 3A state champion Poly.
The Owls beat visiting Catonsville on Friday 73-58. Nine players scored, led by Gates Cook with 17 points. Jaylon Johnson scored 15 points, and Will Fedd Jr. had 14 points.
Dundalk played at Oakland Mills on Monday and won 81-70. The Scorpions also had been vying for the top seed in their region.
Patapsco, seeking to end a 17-game losing streak and win for the first time since the season opener, fell at Eastern Tech on Friday 56-51 in the regular-season finale.
Trailing 45-37 entering the fourth quarter, the Patriots held the Mavericks scoreless for four-and-a-half minutes. But Patapsco managed just one basket itself during that span, and still faced a 47-39 deficit with 3:30 remaining in the game.
Javen Oliver converted a three-point play and Manny Rivera made one of two free throws to get Patapsco to within 47-43.
The Patriots were again within four points, 51-49, with 38 seconds remaining after baskets by Josh Hardy and Orlando Chan and two free throws from Tyler Brooks-McIe.
But the Mavericks made three of four foul shots in the final 30 seconds to hold off Patapsco, which was hurt by an Eastern Tech steal with 25 second left to play.
The Mavericks made nine of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, and converted 20 of 25 foul shots in the game. Patapsco was 12-for-21 from the line.
Ryan Baez-Sanchez led Patapsco with 10 points. Oliver and Dontay Blanding each scored eight points.
The Patriots trailed 10-8 after the first quarter, and trailed by as many as 10 points in the second quarter before going into halftime down 31-25.
Sparrows Point hosted Eastern Tech on February 14 and earned its second win of the season by a score of 65-53.
The Pointers other win for the season was against Patapsco.
Sparrows Point ended the regular season with a 44-39 loss to visiting Towson on Friday. Patapco lost at home to Kenwood 62-50 on February 14 to finish 1-18.
Patapsco will play at C. Milton Wright on Friday in the first round of the Class 3A North Region Section II playoffs.
Sparrows Point will play at top-seeded Randallstown on Friday in the Class 1A North Region Section I playoffs.
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