No. 15 Milford Mill ends its Overlea hex

January 13, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

No. 15 Milford Mill ended three years of frustration and broke a six-game losing streak to Overlea yesterday with a 60-53 victory that puts the Millers atop the Baltimore County Class 2A-1A boys basketball league standings.

Milford Mill (7-1, 5-0) had a foursome of players in double figures, but got no more point production from its other nine. Junior forward Stephone Davis paced the visitors with a game-high 18 points, including 11 in the pivotal fourth quarter.

"Stephone really stepped up today, and I was pleased with his performance," Millers coach Homer Seidel said. "He's a strong kid, and he really played well inside. He got a lot of big key rebounds and a lot of big, key points."

Six of those key points came midway through the fourth quarter and gave Milford Mill a 55-49 lead.

The Millers trailed by one heading into the fourth and quickly saw the deficit expand to five with a pair of breakaway layups by Latroy Williams (14 points) and Shontay Dukes (nine).

Milford Mill tied the score at 47 on a 12-footer by Blanchard Hurd (12 points).

Overlea took the lead for the final time on its ensuing possession, but added only two points in the game's final 3:54.

Overlea (6-2, 4-1) kept it close throughout the first two quarters and was down by only four at the half, 27-23.

"The last four minutes of the game we didn't execute our man-to-man offense as effectively as I would have liked us to, and we gave up a couple of backside layups," said Overlea coach Tom Gere.

"We either didn't box out or we lost our assignment. We were so worried about the big men on the front side that we gave up two easy baskets to No. 25 [Davis]."

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