Millers clinch county 2A-1A title Milford Mill holds off Loch Raven, 61-58

February 24, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Patience, patience, patience.

It's just the thing that Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel has been preaching to his hair-trigger offense of late.

And in yesterday's game against visiting Loch Raven, a lack of it made the 12th-ranked Millers battle just to keep pace before holding on for a 61-58 win.

The victory clinched Milford the Baltimore County 2A-1A title, and all but locked up a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Class 1A, Region II playoffs.

But it didn't come easily, as Milford Mill (18-2, 16-1) struggled all day from the perimeter. The Millers hit two of 15 shots from three-point range and missed seven straight jumpers to start the game, and couldn't get their inside game rolling against a larger Loch Raven frontcourt until the second half.

After miss after miss from the perimeter, Seidel said he had enough.

"I said, 'Hey, look, you're not hitting the outside shot, and you're not going to the inside either,' " said Seidel. "We finally started exhibiting some patience in the third quarter."

Trailing 32-30 at the break, the Millers started to work the ball more effectively on offense. After shooting just 37 percent in the first half, they connected on nine of 16 in taking a 53-48 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Forward Blanchard Hurd, who led Milford with 14 points, said the team learned a valuable lesson after its recent loss to Sparrows Point.

"What happened against Sparrows Point was we kept on firing from the outside and it wasn't going," said Hurd. "That game was a wake-up call. This time, we tried to use the inside game to open it up from the outside a little."

While outside threats Ken Bostic, Carl Schattall and Hassan Andrews combined for 21 points, Milford's inside trio of Hurd, Jermaine Dunn and Edwin Garrett scored 35, including 19 in the second half.

Forward Dane Elterman led Loch Raven (15-5, 14-3), with a game-high 20 points. For the Raiders, who lost by 11 to the Millers in their first meeting earlier this season, it was a case of just not having enough to finish off their more athletic opponents.

"I think we played well," said Loch Raven coach Gary Horn. "We changed our defense a little from last time, and it worked pretty well. Overall, I thought it was a good effort."

After a Friday date against Overlea, the Millers' next stop will be the state playoffs, where they could face No. 1 Dunbar for the regional championship.

For now, however, Seidel and the defending state champion Millers will relish yet another championship.

"It's kind of nice," said Seidel. "We can relax a little Friday, and not have to worry about a must win. We haven't peaked yet, but I think we'll play real good in the playoffs.

"I just think we have to be a little more patient, at times."

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