Old Mill tops No. 15 Meade Unranked Patriots pull off 64-61 win Boys basketball

February 20, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Unranked Old Mill kept its region playoff hopes alive with a 64-61 win over No. 15 Meade in a key Anne Arundel County Friendship Division matchup last night.

"The last few of our practices have been good practices for us and late in the season they can get to be a pain in the you know what," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting. "The thing that I admire about this team is that there is only a thread of hope dangling in their faces, and they could just be going through the motions, but they're really hanging tough."

The Patriots (9-8, 4-4), who have been on an emotional roller coaster of late, defeating upstart Glen Burnie, 67-52, before losing to Annapolis, 77-51, on Tuesday, took control from the outset and owned a 15-5 lead after the first quarter.

Mike Bussey led the Patriots' early assault, scoring eight of their 15 first-quarter points while pulling down six rebounds. Bussey finished with a game-high 24 points and 15 rebounds, but a 19-for-27 effort at the foul line helped Old Mill overcome a late run by the Mustangs.

Behind senior guard Derek Barrett, Meade (17-3, 6-2) got back into the game in the second quarter and trailed at the half 27-26.

The Patriots got the lead back up to 36-30, on a steal and a layup from Andrew Lewis but Barrett answered with a three-pointer and a steal and an assist to Danny Sancomb to return the margin to one with 3:46 left in the third quarter.

Trailing 45-42 with one quarter remaining, Meade put the ball in the hands of Barrett, who couldn't seem to miss. Barrett finished with 29 points and Sancomb added 16, but with Meade's third-leading scorer contributing only six points, it wasn't enough.

"I don't know if we played all that well but we played hard," said Bunting, who got 13 points from Troy Green and another 10 from George Epps. "We played soft against Annapolis and they trounced us and then they come out here and they play hard. I don't know what it is but I think they believed they could beat this team."

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