Milford Mill stops Catonsville in matchup of state champs County Invitation

December 30, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Milford Mill struck for 11 successive points in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the second quarter to crank up what became a 75-54 victory over Catonsville in a matchup of defending state champions in the 17th Baltimore County Holiday Invitation boys basketball tournament at Perry Hall yesterday.

Perry Hall (7-1) rallied in the fourth quarter and pulled away from Poly (3-5 ) to win the White Division championship, 77-68.

For Perry Hall, Jeff Burrows, a 5-9 guard, had 24 points and effectively shackled Poly scoring leader James Mitchell, a 6-2 senior, limiting him to one second-half basket.

Pernell Owens came off the bench to share scoring honors with Burrows at 24.

"We came out and hit our first two-three shots and that took care of any jitters we might have had playing a city school," Perry Hall coach Phil Walters said.

Once up by 10, No. 17 Milford Mill (3-2), defending Class 1A champion, only let the Comets as close as nine once the rest of the way.

That came early in the fourth quarter before the Millers steadily stretched a lead against No. 14 Catonsville (6-2), the defending Class 3A titlist.

In the breakaway stretch, during which the Comets missed eight straight shots, including several from point-blank range, four Milford Mill players handled the scoring, led by reserve Edwin Garrett with five.

Garrett, a 6-foot-5 junior, finished with 25 points.

"He had been starting, but was doing some things we didn't like -- putting the ball on the floor -- so we sat him down, and he did not start either of the tournament games," said Millers coach Homer Seidel Jr.

The Millers, bigger and quicker, had just five scorers, including Hassan Andrews with 19, Blanchard Hurd, 15, and Kenneth Bostic, 13.

Catonsville, not seriously challenged since an opening-game loss to Perry Hall, never got untracked, and, once behind, appeared tense. Printice McNair had 25 points, but was the only Comet in double figures.

Dundalk (5-3) won the Blue Division title, running away from Eastern Vo-Tech (4-3) in the second half, 84-68.

Balanced scoring from five players, topped by E'Mar Fleming with eight, coupled with a brief, aggressive pressure defense, helped Dundalk to a 28-point third quarter.

"They have triple-teamed [John] Satterfield [Dundalk's scoring leader] in the past, but this time we got the ball out to E'Mar, and his shooting helped our confidence. We worked harder mentally this time, too," said Dundalk coach Andy Pons.

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