MIAA basketball postseason set to begin Monday; championship road to end at APGFCU Arena


After the 2020-21 campaign was shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association enjoyed its first basketball regular season since 2019-20.

Now, it’s time to crown champions. The postseason field is set after Friday evening’s regular season finales.

Concordia Prep is the No. 1 seed in the C Conference and has a first round bye. The Saints will play the winner of Tuesday’s opening round match between Saints Peter & Paul and Beth Tfiloh in a semifinal Thursday in Baltimore County.

The rest of Tuesday’s opening round schedule features Cristo Rey Jesuit traveling to Key School, and Park School hosting Jemicy School. Cristo Rey is the defending C champions.

St. Mary’s put together one of the most dominant regular seasons, in any MIAA league, in recent years. The Annapolis school went 18-0 in B play, 17 by double-digit¬† margins.

The top-seeded Saints will try to capture their first championship since 2008-09, starting with a quarterfinal match Wednesday against Gerstell Academy or Indian Creek School. Indian Creek hosts Gerstell in an opening round tilt Monday.

Curley, which hoisted the B championship plaque in February 2020, hosts Friends School in the other opening round contest on President’s Day Monday. The winner will travel to Brooklandville for a quarterfinal against No. 2 seed St. Paul’s School Wednesday.

Wednesday’s other B quarterfinal matches feature St. John’s Catholic Prep at Severn School, and Annapolis Area Christian School hosting Chapelgate Christian Academy.

In the A Conference, St. Frances Academy and Mount St. Joseph are the top seeds. The Gaels, which routed Archbishop Spalding Friday in Irvington, placed first in the Red Division.

Mount St. Joseph, which won the championship in 2020, will host either St. Vincent Pallotti or Calvert Hall College, in a quarterfinal Wednesday. Pallotti travels to Towson Monday to play the Cardinals in an opening round match.

St. Frances, which dropped its first Black Division match Friday evening at John Carroll School, will host McDonogh School or Gilman School, Wednesday evening in East Baltimore. McDonogh and Gilman play Monday evening at The Finney Center in Roland Park.

John Carroll, which made a run for the ages last year, becoming the first team in Baltimore Catholic League history to defeat three higher seeds to win the tournament title, will try to create some new postseason magic. The Patriots, who placed second in the Black, will host Boys’ Latin School or Archbishop Spalding Wednesday in Bel Air.

The Cavaliers, who stumbled the final two weeks of the regular season, host Boys’ Latin Monday. Glenelg Country School visits Loyola Blakefield in the last of four opening round matches Monday.

The Dragons/Dons survivor will play Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which finished second in the Red, Wednesday in Essex.

Semifinals, in all three conferences, take place Friday. The championship matches will again take place at Aberdeen Proving Grounds Federal Credit Union Arena (APGFCU Arena) on the campus of Harford Community College, Sunday Feb. 27.

MIAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Monday’s opening round schedule

B CONFERENCE

No. 9 seed Gerstell Academy at No. 8 Indian Creek School

No. 10 Friends School at No. 7 Archbishop Curley

A CONFERENCE

Black Division No. 5 McDonogh School at Red No. 4 Gilman School

Red. No. 6 Glenelg Country School at Black No. 3 Loyola Blakefield

Black No. 6 Boys’ Latin School at Red No. 3 Archbishop Spalding

Red No. 5 St. Vincent Pallotti at Black No. 4 Calvert Hall College

 

Tuesday’s quarterfinal schedule

C CONFERENCE

No. 5 Saints Peter & Paul at No. 4 Beth Tfiloh

No. 6 Cristo Rey Jesuit at No. 3 Key School

No. 7 Jemicy School at No. 2 Park School

 

Wedneday’s quarterfinal schedule

B CONFERENCE

Gerstell/Indian Creek winner at No. 1 St. Mary’s

No. 5 St. John’s Catholic Prep at No. 4 Severn School

No. 6 Chapelgate Christian Academy at No. 3 Annapolis Area Christian School

Friends/Curley winner at No. 2 St. Paul’s School

A CONFERENCE

McDonogh/Gilman winner at Black No. 1 St. Frances Academy

Glenelg Country/Loyola winner at Red No. 2 Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Boys’ Latin/Spalding winner at Black No. 2 John Carroll School

Pallotti/Calvert Hall winner at Red No. 1 Mount St. Joseph

 

Friday’s semifinal schedule

(at higher seed unless noted)

C CONFERENCE

Saints Peter & Paul/Beth Tfiloh winner at No. 1 Concordia Prep

Cristo Rey Jesuit/Key School winner vs. Jemicy/Park winner

B CONFERENCE

Gerstell or Indian Creek/St. Mary’s winner vs. St. John’s Catholic/Severn winner

Chapelgate Christian/Annapolis Area Christian winner vs. Friends School or Curley/St. Paul’s winner

A CONFERENCE

McDonogh or Gilman/St. Frances winner vs. Glenelg Country or Loyola/Mount Carmel winner

Boys’ Latin or Spalding/John Carroll winner vs. Pallotti or Calvert Hall/Mount St. Joseph winner

 

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY
Sunday, Feb. 27
at APGFCU Arena (Harford Community College)

C final, 1 p.m.

B final, 3:15 p.m.

A final, 5:30 p.m.