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Round 1 in the Books

Round one of the MPSSAA Boys High School basketball playoffs are complete. Local schools need just 3 more wins to punch their ticket in the semifinals at the Xfinity Center in College Park. Below is brief review of the first round outcomes and second round matchups.


There was one slight upset among the Baltimore Area schools in the first round of the playoffs. In the 1A North bracket, 6th seed Western Tech defeated 3rd seed Loch Raven 70-68 in overtime. The Wolverine advanced to play #2 seed Pikesville Monday at 5:30 pm.

#4 seed Douglass vs #5 seed Forest Park was supposed to be a marquee match-up in the first round. But the Mighty Ducks ran the Foresters out the gym scoring a season high 100 points in a 100-55 victory. Douglass will play #1 seed Lake Clifton Monday. The Lakers dominated ACCE 70-23 in their playoffs opener. Lake Clifton also crushed Douglass in the regular season head-to-head by 27.

Best 2nd Round Match-Up

#2 seed Ben Franklin vs #3 seed Dunbar

#1 seed Lake Clifton vs #4 seed Douglass

Maryland Class 1A Brackets


First round games in Class 2A for Baltimore Area schools went mostly chalk. All the high seeded teams took care of business against the lower seeds. 2A is possibly Baltimore’s strongest Class with 3 potential favorites to hoist the trophy in College Park. Patterson is the defending state champions but Baltimore County Champs New Town and Baltimore City runner-up Edmondson are capable of spoiling the Clippers trip to the finals.

Best 2nd Round Match-Up

#2 seed River Hill vs #3 Wilde Lake

Maryland Class 2A Brackets


City College looked impressive in their 3A South playoff opener against Digital Harbor. The Knights jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and never looked back with a 73-50 win. The Knights shot well from behind the arc and held the Rams to only 23 first half points. City will travel to defending Champs Poly Monday for their second meeting of the year. The Engineers routed the Knights 76-41 during the regular season match-up.

Best 2nd Round Match-Up

#1 seed Parkville vs #4 seed Lansdowne

#2 seed Franklin vs #3 seed Woodlawn

Maryland Class 3A Brackets


Across the board, Class 4A is perceived to be the most volatile Class of the entire tournament. We can see a number of teams bringing home the hardware after the finals. Dulaney, Old Mill, Meade, and Broadneck give Baltimore Area Schools the best chance to win it all. But there’s a reason the madness begins in March.

Best 2nd Round Match-Up

#2 seed Perry Hall vs #3 seed Mervo

Other Teams on the radar: Paint Branch, Eleanor Roosevelt, Annapolis, Walter Johnson, Duval, High Point, Richard Montgomery

Maryland Class 4A Brackets


Jalen Rucker Gilman All-Time Leading Scorer 1,743 Points

In his final game of the season, Gilman guard Jalen Rucker needed 19 points in the Independent Schools Championship to eclipse Cyrus Jones’ All-Time Leading Scorer record (1,734). The Army-West Point commit finished with 28 points in a 69-55 lost to Glenelg Country.

George Washington bound Chase Paar Independent Schools Tournament MVP

Baltimore Catholic League championship game between #3 St Frances Academy and #4 St Maria Goretti has been moved to Tuesday. Tip-off is at 7pm at Loyola College. St Frances defeated Goretti twice during the regular season.
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