Old Mill High boys’ basketball team isn’t going to relinquish its Class 4A East Region crown without a fight. For the second time in three days, the Patriots won the road, defeating No. 17 Annapolis, 78-61, in a quarterfinal match.

Gavin Salmond (pictured left) led Old Mill (18-5 overall) with 23 points, and Joe McCargo added 18. Colin Varn had a double-double for Annapolis (19-5) with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Delonte Joyce and Tajuan Watson finished with 15 and 12 points, respectively.

The Patriots, who reached the state finals last year, next head to southern Maryland for a region semifinal match with top-seed North Point Wednesday evening. North Point, ranked No. 3 in the Washington Post, defeated Meade, 81-65, in Monday’s quarterfinals.

Old Mill, seeded No. 12, opened its postseason with a 67-55 over fifth-seed Arundel Saturday afternoon. Monday evening, the Patriots took control in the second quarter, outscoring fourth-seeded Annapolis, 28-17, to open up a 45-32 advantage.

Eric Savage and Davon Jackson each had 12 for Old Mill.