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Second Round Review

Round two of the MPSSAA Boys High School basketball playoffs is complete. Several upsets either took place or narrowly avoided. Some teams needed triple overtime to finally decide who advanced. Needless to say, the 4 Baltimore Area defending champions are still alive in the state tournament. Will they fall victim to March Madness today? We’ll see. Below is a brief review of the second round outcomes and third round match-ups. 


#2 seed Pikesville found themselves in a 1A North second round slugfest with #6 seed Western Tech Monday night. The Baltimore County teams battled in the first half behind hot shooting by the Wolverines and interior dominance by the Panthers. Pikesville eventually pulled away in the second half by continuing to attack the basket for lay-ups. Panthers Evan Flaks led his team in scoring with 17 points followed by Kyree Jones 14 points. Raheem Irving also came alive in the fourth quarter scoring 10 of his 12 points on the night. Wolverines Walter Carr finished with 17 points in a losing effort. The 2020 shooting guard knocked four three pointers to keep the Wolverines in striking distance.

#2 seed Pikesville will now host #4 seed Randallstown Wednesday. The Rams are coming off a 69-65 overtime upset over #1 seed Chesapeake.



#2 seed New Era Academy Jaguars are quietly making some noise in the 1A West bracket. The Baltimore City squad uniquely defeated their first two playoff opponents by the same score 65-27. What’s the odds of that happening? New Era will face #5 seed Francis Scott Key at home today.

Dunbar Poets vs Ben Franklin

#2 Ben Franklin found themselves in tough spot early against defending 2A champs #3 Dunbar Monday afternoon. On a neutral court, The Bayhawks were forced to sit top player Emanuel Henriques due to foul trouble for most of the first and second quarters. The Poets capitalized on the personnel advantage by using pressure defense to create easy transition points. Coach William Russell’s squad trailed the entire game but cut the lead to 4 late in the fourth quarter. Dunbar eventually pulled away for a 64-54 playoff victory.

#2 seed Dunbar will face #1 seed Lake Clifton on the road today. Based on the outcome, This game guarantees either Lake or Dunbar will not repeat as state champions. Stay tuned!

Best 3rd Round Match-Ups

1A North #1 seed Lake Clifton vs #3 seed Dunbar

Dunbar Coach Diego Jones

Other teams on the radar: Southern, Douglass PG, Joppatowne, Lackey, Friendly, Crisfield, Havre De Grace, Cambridge-SD

Maryland Class 1A Brackets


#2 seed Edmondson-Westside survived a second round scare against #3 seed Hereford Monday night. The Red Storm rallied back from a 17 point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Bulls 50-47. The Red Storm will face their toughest opponent on the road today against Baltimore County Champions #1 seed New Town.

Edmondson-Westside Markus Hocker

Baltimore City Champions #1 seed Patterson cruised to a 2A North semifinal win over Crossland. Clippers Jalen Willis led the team in scoring with 23 points followed POY candidate Marvin Price with 22 points. Patterson will host #3 seed Gywnn Park today. The Yellowjackets upset #2 seed Central by 2 to advance to the 2A North Section II final.

Other 2A News

In 2A South, Howard County Champions #1 seed Oakland Mills host #2 seed River Hill today. The Scorpions fell to the Hawks 58-53 on the road in their last meeting. Oakland Mills squeaked by with a 1 point victory earlier in the year for the first contest between the teams.

Best 3rd Round Match-Ups

#1 seed New Town vs #2 Edmondson-Westside

#1 Seed Oakland Mills vs #2 River Hill

Other Teams on the radar: Thomas Stone, Westlake, Wicomico

Maryland Class 2A Brackets


It was almost the biggest upset of the 2019 tournament to date. Two-Time defending 3A champions Poly escaped with a 65-64 victory Monday at home against rival City College. 2020 standout Justin Lewis‘ free throw with eight seconds gave the Engineers the 1 point lead. Poly will face #2 seed Oxon Hill today in the birdcage.

Poly Engineers Justin Lewis

Other 3A News

Baltimore County’s Lansdowne and Woodlawn are playing their best ball lately and their playoff appearance is providing the proof. #4 seed Landsowne defeated #1 seed Parkville in the second round on the road. #3 seed Woodlawn slipped by Baltimore County runner-up Franklin in a 1 point victory. Today, Lansdowne will travel to Woodlawn in the 3A North Section I Final. The Warriors defeated Lansdowne in a regular season finale 62-50.

Best 3rd Round Match-Ups

#1 seed Poly vs #2 seed Oxon Hill

#3 seed Woodlawn vs #4 seed Lansdowne

Other teams on the radar: Westlake, Thomas Stone, Harford Tech, Elkton, Oakdale, Century, Middletown, Williamsport

Maryland Class 3A Bracket


#1 seed Dulaney has a date with #2 seed Perry Hall today. The game is a rematch of last years 64-63 Gator 4A North Section I Final win. Two-time defending champs Perry Hall needed three overtimes against Mervo to punch their ticket into the sectional final. Dulaney had no problems with #4 seed Howard in a 21 point victory. If the Gators lose, it will be the first time in 3 years Perry Hall fail to advance to the regional final.

Other 3A News

In the 4A East, #1 seed Old Mill and #2 seed Meade will meet today for the third time this season. The Patriots defeated Severna Park in a low scoring affair, while Meade needed 5 quarters to beat Glen Burnie by 2. The Patriots beat the Mustangs twice by double digits during the regular season. You may want to get to this game early. Its always a standing room only event.

Best 3rd Round Match-Ups

#1 seed Dulaney vs #2 seed Perry Hall

Dulaney’s Cameron Byers

#1 seed Old Mill vs #2 seed Meade

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

Maryland Class 4A Brackets


After two days of postponement, Baltimore Catholic League supporter received their money’s worth at Loyola College Tuesday. With the game tied at 68, Panther guard Ace Baldwin drained an off balance 3 pointer with time running out to give St Frances 71-68 BCL Championship victory. Panthers Jamal West led all scorers with 28 points. Baldwin finished with 25 points and RJ Blakney had 17 points for Goretti.


BCL MVP- Ace Baldwin St Frances Academy

  • Jamal West- St Frances Academy
  • James Bishop- Mt St Joe
  • Abdou Tsmbila- Goretti
  • RJ Blakney- Goretti
  • Przmek Golek- Goretti
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