Milford Mill and Catonsville roll to first-round victories Balto. Invitational Boys

December 29, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Two ranked teams, No. 17 Milford Mill and No. 14 Catonsville barreled through first-round games to highlight the opening of the 17th annual Baltimore County Holiday Invitational boys basketball tournament at Perry Hall High School yesterday.

Milford Mill (3-1) opened a 19-point margin in the first half of what became a 75-53 victory over outmanned North Harford (3-2), and Catonsville (6-1), seemingly breezing with a 20-point lead in the third quarter, saw it sliced to 10 two minutes into the fourth quarter, before settling down for an 83-63 triumph.

With the 12 schools split into three four-team divisions, Catonsville and Milford Mill advanced to the Gold final and Eastern Vo-Tech and Dundalk advanced in the Blue.

In one first-round White division game, Poly (3-4) raced out to a 24-point first-half lead against Overlea (3-1), but barely hung on for a 64-60 win. In the other White division first-round game, Perry Hall (6-1) staved off a second-half rally by C. Milton Wright (1-5) and posted a 67-58 victory.

Mark Franklin sparked an early Perry Hall assault with three three-pointers, helping the Gators roll up a 40-22 halftime advantage.

Jeff Burrows had 20 points for Perry Hall, and Greg Stephen 20 for C. M Wright.

Poly held off Overlea, although a harassing Overlea defense and the loss of three starters contributed to 14 Poly turnovers in the last quarter. But eight straight foul shots, six by Brian Scott protected the lead.

A steal and basket by Overlea's J. J. Kent made it 62-60 with 14 seconds left, but Scott iced it with two free throws with six seconds to go.

Milford Mill, powered by Blanchard Hurd and Kenneth Bostic, was too big and too strong for North Harford. The Millers built a 65-38 cushion through three quarters and coasted. Hurd, Bostic, and Hassan Andrews combined for 54 points through 24 tTC minutes. Guard Chris Mills was the high scorer for North Harford with 21, including three three-pointers, backed by Damon Roberts, 18.

Northern (0-6) stayed with Catonsville for a quarter, but a dry spell through the first six minutes of the second quarter sealed its fate.

Catonsville used a 16-4 run to gain a 38-24 halftime lead.

The lead was 52-32 halfway through the third period, and the gap was 18 going to the last quarter.

Guards Jairus Butler and Richard Harris triggered the Vikings' rally.

Guard Mike Barrett and forward Printice McNair combined for 47 Catonsville points, and Matt Taylor, a reserve inside player, got six baskets, including three in the fourth quarter.

EVT opened with a 71-48 conquest of Chesapeake-Baltimore County, and Dundalk downed Havre de Grace, 90-71.

EVT (4-2) broke away from Chesapeake (2-2) by making 10 straight free throws in the last three minutes of the second quarter for a 34-24 lead.

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