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Well, there was excitement aplenty in UCBAC boys basketball since the last time I wrote one of these. Here’s a quick rundown of what went down in the intense, seven-day stretch leading up to the UCBAC title game: Havre de Grace nearly gets hosed in the Chesapeake Division title race after beating Aberdeen fair and square twice this season, but still manages to become the first team in any UCBAC sport to win the upper division the year after it was promoted from the Susquehanna; CMW beats Aberdeen by four on the last day of the regular season, providing Havre de Grace the room it needs to win the upper division (and avenging the three-point loss Aberdeen handed the Mustangs earlier this year); the North Harford Hawks battle to a 65-59 win over Fallston last Thursday, putting themselves in a prime spot to snag the lower division crown, then suffer a three-point loss to Perryville one night later, which effectively takes them out of the race; Joppatowne, still in the hunt for the upper division crown at the beginning of last week, loses to Aberdeen by two last Wednesday, then is beaten, 72-69, by Edgewood on Monday when the Rams’ Michael Coleman banks in a half-court buzzer-beater; Havre de Grace beats Fallston in the UCBAC Championship, and in doing so becomes the only team besides Aberdeen to win the conference final (the Eagles won the upper division and UCBAC final from 2004 to 2009).

I could go on, but you get the point. As far as UCBAC division races go, I don’t think I’ve seen any more interesting than the ones that went on in boys basketball this year. But, that’s all passed, and we’ve got the playoffs starting tonight, so here’s the final boys basketball power rankings, and a postseason overview:

1. Havre de Grace - Though there was a chance they might lose the upper division to Aberdeen because of scheduling problems, the Warriors held tight, beat Edgewood on Tuesday, one night after the Rams topped Joppatowne, and they’re now UCBAC champs. They have a first-round bye in the 1A North, and I bet they make it to the regional final (where they may play Joppatowne).

2. Aberdeen - The Eagles were walking on thin ice for a while, beating Joppatowne by two, Edgewood by seven and Elkton by seven before they fell through with a crushing loss to CMW on the season’s final day. The Eagles have a bye in the 3A North’s first round, then play the top-seeded Milford Mill Academy, and the season may end there.

3. Joppatowne - The Mariners were in mix before losing to Aberdeen and Edgewood by a combined five points. The biggest problem the Mariners will have in getting to the 1A North regional final is the top-seeded Pikesville.

4. CMW - I’d like to rank the Mustangs higher as they beat Aberdeen on Tuesday, but four division losses speaks for itself. They start off with Catonsville in the 3A North’s first round, and a win there would put them against Hereford. I don’t think they’ll get past the Bulls.

5. Edgewood - The Rams earned the 2A East District VII’s second seed, and my bet is they’re going to face top-seeded Fallston in the district final. I’m picking the Rams to win that one and move on to the regional final.

6. Fallston - The Susquehanna Division champions will move on to the 2A East’s District VII final, where they’ll face Edgewood. I’ve already said what I think is going to happen there.

7. Patterson Mill - The Huskies and North Harford Hawks have been switching spots on this list all season, but Patterson Mill ends at seventh because they beat North Harford, 49-46, on Tuesday night. They have Harford Tech in the first round of the 1A North tournament, and they should win that one, but they’ve got third-seeded Owings Mills in the quarterfinal, which will probably be as far as they go.

8. North Harford - The Hawks followed a victory over division-winning Fallston with losses to Perryville and Patterson Mill. As the four seed in the 3A North with a bye in the first round, I’m betting the Hawks get to the regional semifinal, where they’ll have to face either Aberdeen or, most likely, Milford Mill, and that’s where their season will end.

9. Harford Tech - The Cobras play Patterson Mill on the road in the 1A North’s opening round, and I’m taking the Huskies in that one.

10. Bel Air - The Bobcats have a shot to redeem themselves after going 0-17 this season, as they’ve got Elkton in the 2A East’s first round. As well as they played against Joppatowne and Edgewood this year, I know the Bobcats can beat the Elks, and I hope they do.

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