Photo courtesy of Heather McNeillThe Northeast boys coolly took to the bench after a 70-51 victory over rival Chesapeake on Saturday allowed the Eagles to march on in the 3A East playoffs.
Passions Run Hot As Northeast Boys Bounce Chesapeake From Playoffs, 70-51
A near triple-double by Troy McNeill, who had 12 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, along with 19 points and nine rebounds by Brennan Volkman, 14 points and nine rebounds by Jacoby Rojas and 10 points by Anthony Stewart powered the Northeast boys basketball team to a 70-51 victory over Chesapeake Saturday at Severna Park High School in the teams’ 3A East regional first-round playoff game.
Joe Seidler led Chesapeake with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Matt Kern had 10 points for the Cougars. Trace Carlton and Blake Rebstock had seven points each, and Rebstock had seven rebounds and three steals.
The Eagles started the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run to turn a game that had been neck-and-neck throughout into ultimately a large victory. Passionate competition gave way to flaring tempers in the second half as tussles between players periodically broke out and reactionary taunting followed; the teams were assessed a combined eight technical fouls in the game. Fans from both schools engaged in both positive cheering and remarks of questionable taste as the atmosphere was distinctly more intense than a regular-season matchup. Coaches and administrators from both schools and Severna Park High School did an effective job quelling a heated atmosphere and keeping the contest from boiling over. After a brief deliberation and counseling from coaches, the teams still shook hands after the game, and the crowd filed out of the gym safely.
Northeast travels to No. 2 Hammond on Tuesday for a 3A East Section II semifinal (i.e., the region quarterfinal). The full bracket can be viewed here.