All boys basketball state semifinals and finals games will take place at the Comcast Center in College Park. The championship games for all four classes will take place on March 14 at the Comcast Center. Game times are: 1 p.m. (Class 1A), 3 p.m. (Class 3A), 6 p.m. (Class 2A), and 8 p.m. (Class 4A). Admission is $8 for adults and individuals 7 years of age and older.
Boys Basketball: Thomas Stone wins second straight 4A East title
Junior forward Stephen Battle dominated both ends of the court, pouring in 22 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and making 3 blocks to lead Thomas Stone to a convincing 73-58 win over Glen Burnie in the Class 4A East region championship.
Dytania Johnson chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars.
Thomas Stone (21-4) advances to the state semifinals and will play South region champion Wise (20-5) on March 12 at 7 p.m. Wise won the South with a 71-58 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt.
In the other 4A semifinal, Walbrook (22-3) will face Springbook (25-0) at 9 p.m. Walbrook won the North region with a 72-44 win over North Carroll, while Springbrook won the West region with a 65-51 win over Quince Orchard.
More Boys Basketball: Lake Clifton wins 3A North region
Junior forward Will Barton sank two free throws with seven seconds remaining as No. 1 Lake Clifton narrowly edged No. 3 Milford Mill, 56-54, in the Class 3A North region final on Friday night.
Following Barton’s clutch foul shots, Milford Mill senior guard Xavier Drake launched a desperation 3-point attempt from the corner that fell just short, thwarting any hopes the Millers had for an upset in the title game.
Barton finished with a team-high 15 points as the Lakers remained undefeated (26-0) to advance to Thursday night’s state semifinals against Seneca Valley (22-3). Tip-off is at 5 p.m.
After nearly being knocked out in the quarterfinals, Seneca Valley soared to an 87-69 win over Paint Branch in the West region finals on Friday night.
The Screaming Eagles were led by Jordan Goodman’s game-high 24 points. Teammate Bruce Massey dished out 17 assists to go along with his 12 points.
In the other 3A semifinal game, Atholton (22-3) will take on Friendly (22-2) at 3 p.m. Atholton won the East region with a 72-20 win over Aberdeen, while Friendly defeated Lackey, 76-60, to win the South region.
More Boys Basketball: No. 1 Century wins 2A West region crown
Century High School showed on the basketball court why it was seeded No. 1 on paper, coming away with a 63-55 win over Walkersville in the Class 2A West regional final on Friday night.
The Knights jumped out to a 16-3 lead, holding Walkersville scoreless until just under two minutes remained in the first quarter.
Century senior Matt Duerr led all scorers with 18 points and fellow-senior Josh Bordner had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior Scott Morris had a team-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds for a junior-dominated Walkersville team. Co-captain Jordan Dixon, the Lions’ lone senior, finished his career by scoring 12 points before being ejected with 10 seconds left in the game after receiving his second technical foul while sitting on the bench.
Century (22-3) will play City (19-6) in the state semifinals on March 13 at 9 p.m.
City advanced to the semifinals with a 59-47 win over Edmondson in the North region championship game. Maurice Johnson (13 points) and Charles Tapper (11) led the Knights in scoring.
In the other semifinal game, the tournament’s Cinderella story, No. 11 Douglass-PG (12-11), will face Wicomoco (16-7) at 7 p.m. Douglass advanced by edging River Hill 36-34 for the South region championship on Friday night. Wicomoco squeaked by Easton, 78-76, to win the East region title.
More Boys Basketball: Digital Harbor wins 1A
No. 1 Digital Harbor was up by as many as 21 points midway through the fourth quarter, but had to fight off a valiant rally by Dunbar (Baltimore) before coming away with a 79-70 win to earn its first trip to the state semifinals.
George Jackson scored a team-high 20 points, while Davon Usher (19) and Justin Jackson (18) provided additional offensive firepower for Digital Harbor (20-5).
Derrell Edwards led Dunbar (18-7) with 30 points.
Digital Harbor, fielding a basketball team for just the fifth season, will take on West region champion Allegheny (22-3) on March 13 at 5 p.m.
The other Class 1A semifinals game will feature East region champion Pocomoke (24-1) facing South champion South Carroll (16-6) at 3 p.m.
Jon Buzby is the Maryland correspondent for MaxPreps.com.