Aberdeen High’s boys basketball team had revenge on its mind for its rematch against C. Milton Wright Tuesday.
Behind hot shooting from senior guard Tylan Bass, the Eagles atoned for a loss to the Mustangs earlier this season with a 77-68 home victory. Bass finished with a game-high 27 points for Aberdeen (14-4 overall), which claim sole possession of first in the UCBAC Chesapeake at 8-1.
“He’s been amazing,” Aberdeen coach Bill Jones said of Bass. “We have played a really tough schedule this year – played Dunbar, Mervo, Parkville. Tylan is right there [at that level]. I would put Tylan up against any guard of any team in the state.”
Bass got the Eagles off to a fast start in the first quarter with nine points as Aberdeen built a 20-10 lead after one quarter. The Mustangs responded in the second quarter and dwindled the deficit to 23-20 at the 4-minute mark.
Bass helped the Eagles regain control with a pair of baskets and Aberdeen had a 30-25 lead at halftime.
“We just stayed focused and didn’t let it bother us,” Bass said. “Just keep working hard on the defensive end and the points were going to come.”
C. Milton Wright (13-4, 7-2 Chesapeake) closed within two multiple times in the third quarter, but Bass would not let the Eagles get caught. The senior scored 13 in the quarter as Aberdeen eventually built a double-digit lead behind a 17-4 run late in the quarter.
“I was feeling good,” Bass said of his third quarter tear. “I just felt like I couldn’t miss so I kept shooting.”
The Mustangs got within eight in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles persevered behind strong defense and a balanced scoring attack. Aberdeen got four points each from sophomore Kenny Hunter, junior Darion Parris and senior Artarus Brown to close out the game.
“We know they are a good team, so we knew we had to guard and be ready,” Brown said. “We have been waiting for this game ever since we lost. We came out strong and fast. Everybody was locked in the whole week because they knew [this was a big game].”
Parris chipped in 18 points Tuesday and was a force on the boards with several key offensive rebounds down the stretch. Jordan Ross had 23 points for C. Milton Wright, and Kyle Ashman added 21.
Mustangs coach Mario Scott thought his team’s inability to control the paint in this game was the big difference from the 63-58 victory his team picked up in early January.
“Where we struggled tonight was rebounding the basketball,” Scott said. “We held them to a lot of one possession shots last time. They are a volume shooting team. If you give them a lot of second chance shots, it hurts.”
With both teams in the Class 3A North Region II, Scott knows likely Tuesday will not be the final time the Mustangs will see their Harford County rival this season.
“There are some things we learn from this,” Scott said. “Most likely, we will match up again with them in the playoffs. That’s out thing, we don’t want to be the best team in January. We want to be the best team in February when the playoffs happen.”
ABERDEEN 77, C. MILTON WRIGHT 68
C. Milton Wright: Jordan Ross 23, Kyle Ashman 21, Dylan Sander 17, Noah Clark 4, Larry Thompson 3. Totals 28 6-7 68.
Aberdeen: Tylan Bass 27, Darion Parris 18, Tyseaun Rodgers 13, Artarus Brown 10, Kenny Hunter 9. Totals 33 6-9 77.
C. Milton Wright 10 15 22 21 – 68
Aberdeen 20 10 28 19 – 77