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High school basketball playoffs heat up

KeSeanHobbsLANHAM – Local high school boys' basketball teams got off to a good start in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) postseason basketball tournament over the past week.    

In the 4A division, DuVal got a first-round bye in South Region’s Section I. The Tigers then topped High Point 64-56 in the next round.  

DuVal then was scheduled to take on Bladensburg at home in the region semifinal on Feb. 28.

In Section II of the same region, Wise also received a bye before rolling to a 70-35 victory over Charles H. Flowers in the second round. Flowers had crushed Suitland 101-59 in a first-round game.

Bowie and Eleanor Roosevelt both secured first-round byes and then met each other in the next round. The Raiders edged past Bowie 61-57 and were set to play at Wise in the regional semifinal.  

In Class 3A South Section I, Potomac got a first-round bye and then nipped Oxon Hill, 67-65. Oxon Hill had advanced by beating Digital Harbor from Baltimore City by the same score in the first round.  

Potomac was scheduled to host Poly, also from Baltimore City in the regional semifinal.  

In Class 2A North Section I, Gwynn Park had a first-round bye and then beat Patterson 70-59.

After that, Gwynn Park was scheduled to travel to Baltimore and take on a tough Lake Clifton team, who Patterson beat a few weeks ago.

Lake Clifton rolled over Central 74-37 to make the region semifinal. Central had topped Carver-Baltimore City, 59-49 in the first round.  

Class 1A South Section I saw Fairmont Heights beat Largo (57-52) and Douglass-PG (67-45). Up next was a region semifinal game with The SEED School at home. That school beat North CMIT 50-39.    

In Section II, Friendly and Surrattsville made it to the region semifinal. Friendly beat McDonough (57-43) and then Lackey (66-62). Surrattsville defeated Croom Vocational (68-31) and then beat South CMIT to set up its game at Friendly on Feb. 28.

The regionals, for boys and girls, were scheduled to finish this weekend. After that, the final four for the boys and girls is set for next week.    

The girls’ final four for all four classes is going to be played at Towson University while the boys go at Maryland. First comes the semifinals on Thursday and Friday, depending on the class and all four championships are to be played on Saturday.

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