Milford Mill puts away Loch Raven Boys basketball

January 23, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Going up against a Loch Raven squad featuring inside players measuring 6 feet 10 and 6-5, No. 15 Milford Mill couldn't have been expected to win the battle in the paint in their Baltimore County 2A-1A League game last night.

Blanchard Hurd and Edwin Garrett knew better.

Hurd, the Millers' 6-5 forward, had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, and Garrett, their other 6-5 forward, had 16 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Millers to a 64-53 win over host Loch Raven.

Milford Mill (10-1, 9-0) out-rebounded the Raiders, 36-24, including 18 offensive boards.

"My big kids performed very well inside," said Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel. "I was very happy."

Loch Raven coach Gary Horn said rebounding was the difference.

"They beat us on the offensive boards," said Horn. "They just got too many baskets inside."

The Millers won the game with a pair of scoring runs. After an early 11-2 run gave them a comfortable margin, the Raiders took a 45-44 lead 12 seconds into the fourth quarter before Milford Mill scored 13 of the next 15 points.

Milford Mill hit seven of 10 free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

"We just tried to step it up on defense," said Hurd. "We rebounded well, and that made the difference."

Milford Mill started fast. With the game tied at 4, the Millers opened up the running game and scored 11 of the next 13 points to go up 15-6 with 3:01 left in the quarter.

The Millers used their overall size advantage to score many baskets on second and third opportunities.

After Loch Raven battled back midway through the second quarter to get within seven, Milford Mill went up, 31-22, when Hurd hit a 5-footer after teammates pulled down four consecutive offensive rebounds.

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