Freshman Norman Nolan had 32 points, 18 rebounds, six steals and four blocks, as host Milford Mill (13-2, 15-3) defeated visiting Loch Raven (11-4, 13-6), 75-65, in a Baltimore County 2A-1A league game yesterday.
"If he realizes his potential, he could be one of the best players to ever come out of the metro area," Milord Mill coach Homer Seidel said of Nolan, a 6-foot-4 forward. "He follows me around like a fly and learns everything he's told. He has a great work ethic, is a good student and he plays big in the big games, like today."
The win leaves the Millers two games behind undefeated Overlea, a 78-28 winner over Patapsco yesterday. Overlea travels to Milford Mill tomorrow.
Kevin English scored 18 for the Millers.
Milford Mill jumped out to a 22-13 lead after the first quarter, but Loch Raven rallied to take a 27-26 lead with 3 minutes, 41 seconds left in the first half and led at halftime, 39-36. The Millers eased ahead 58-54 after three quarters and took control in the final period, with Nolan leading the way.
After Brian Horn, who led the Raiders with 20 points, hit a free throw to cut the Millers' lead to 63-57, Nolan scored eight of the next 10 to give the Millers a 71-59 lead and put the game away.
Meanwhile, No. 1 Dunbar completed a perfect mark in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I by routing visiting and No. 5 Walbrook, 116-66, yesterday.
Six Poets (23-1, 10-0) scored in double figures, led by Michael Lloyd's game-high 27. Donta Bright added 20 and Terrance Alexander had 16.
Stevie Thomas led Walbrook (11-6, 7-3) with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
The 116 points marked the eighth time in 10 divisional games that the Poets have surpassed the 100-point mark.
The Poets will play either Lake Clifton or Cardinal Gibbons in a semifinal game of the MSA A Conference Tournament in two weeks.