There was one sequence in particular that told the story of the Rising Sun boys basketball team's 42-29 triumph over visiting North East in a first round region playoff game Friday night.
The Tigers led 31-22 with less than three minutes left when an Indians player missed a layup. Rising Sun came right back down the floor with Casey Baker feeding Kevin Alkinburg for a layup. Then following a timeout, Rising Sun was slow to return to the court giving North East a chance for an easy basket, but an Indians player fumbled the ball out of bounds. Game over.
Rising Sun 42, North East 29 (Photos coming Saturday)
Tigers travel to Harford Tech Tuesday
Colonel Richardson 56, Perryville 52
Perryville 42, Kent County 25
Panthers travel to Bohemia Manor Monday night
Patterson Mill 66, Elkton 28
Patterson Mill travels to Rising Sun Monday night at 7
Cecil County had three second place finishers at the UCBAC wrestling tournament which concluded Tuesday in Aberdeen.
Bohemia Manor's Matt Sciamanna (145) lost 8-4 to Harford Tech's Andrey Kalwa.
Zac Zacerous of Perryville (152) dropped a 7-4 decision to Bel Air's Cameron Watts. Zacerous led 4-3 with 10 seconds left.
It was a game the Perryville girls basketball team had to win twice.
Bohemia Manor battled back from a 14-point deficit to take a fourth quarter lead before the host Panthers recovered and wound up prevailing 42-41.
The MPSSAA basketball playoffs draws were announced at noon.
In the 1A boys basketball first round on Friday, Perryville (fourth seed in Section I of the East Region) hosts No. 5 Colonel Richardson at 7 p.m. No. 6 Bohemia Manor travels to play No. 3 Kent County.
In 2A boys basketball, Rising Sun (fourth seed, Section I, East Region) hosts No. 5 North East Friday night at 7. No. 3 Elkton hosts Fallston.
In 1A girls basketball, Bohemia Manor is the top seed in the section and gets a first round bye. No. 4 Perryville will host Kent County in the first round Friday at 5 p.m. with the winner taking on Bohemia Manor.
In 2A girls basketball, No. 2 section seed Rising Sun has a first round bye. No. 6 Elkton takes on reigning state champion Patterson Mill in the first round. The winner of the Elks-Huskies game will travel to Rising Sun.
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It was the most important assist the Rising Sun JV boys basketball team will have all season.
The Tigers squad spent several hours Sunday evening, February 8, helping to serve a meal at The Paris Foundation.
Rising Sun JV coach Greg Alexander suggested his team take part. It was not mandatory, but almost the entire team attended – Cameron Atland, Ryan Bauer, Zack Chadwick, Ethan Greene, Nate McCullough, Austin Newby, Chris Orr, Andrew Parker, William Ristine, and Brendan Shivery. Two were ill and another had a previous engagement.
The Rising Sun girls basketball team missed out on an opportunity to clinch the Susquehanna Division title Thursday night when they suffered a 55-36 setback to host Harford Tech.
Both teams ended division play with just one loss. The Tigers had topped the Cobras earlier in the season, but this time, Tech dominated.
In the first meeting between the Rising Sun and Elkton boys basketball teams, Tigers' senior Kevin Alkinburg said the Tigers were "really caught with our pants down".
Wednesday night, Rising Sun made sure they weren't exposed again.
The process took a while but Perryville High didn't have to look far to find its new softball coach.
Dave Ruark, a physical education teacher at PHS, has been selected to replace his friend, Rusty Moore, who is now in charge of the Rising Sun High program.
The Perryville boys basketball team withstood a furious Elkton rally and hung on for a 74-71 triumph over the visiting Elks Friday night.
The Panthers led by 23 points with 3:30 left in the third quarter before Elkton came roaring back. With 4:14 remaining in the fourth quarter the Elks had whittled the deficit down to 12.