Old Mill clinches final seed in playoffs, 63-45 Boys basketball

February 28, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

With a contingent from Edmondson High looking on, Old Mill's boys basketball team clinched the sixth and final seed in Class 4A Region IV with a 63-45 win over Chesapeake (7-15) yesterday.

"I thought the first three minutes of the game when we jumped out at them and shut them down early were crucial," said Old Mill coach Paul Bunting, whose Patriots led 30-9 at the half.

With the win, Old Mill earned the right to defend its region title and eliminated 16th-ranked Edmondson from the state playoffs in what was the Baltimore City school's first year under the auspices of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Sixth-seed Old Mill travels to third-seed Glen Burnie (16-6) for a 7 p.m. first-round game tomorrow. The two teams split in the regular season, each winning on the other's court: Glen Burnie, 62-60, and Old Mill, 67-52, in the last meeting.

By losing to top-seed Meade (18-4), 62-48, on Thursday, Glen Burnie needed seventh-ranked Annapolis to either get snowed out or be upset by Severna Park (5-17) yesterday to become second seed.

Annapolis humbled Severna Park, 87-53, to take the second seed and a first-round bye along with Meade.

Old Mill and Edmondson both finished with 12-8 overall records, but tournament games do not count toward the playoffs. The Patriots end up with a playoff points' average of 4.45 over 20 games to 4.41 by Edmondson over 17 games.

The average is computed by dividing the total number of games that count toward postseason into the playoff points. Old Mill finished with 89 points while Edmondson team had 75.

"I told the fellows this wasn't going to be our last game," said 6-foot-3 senior forward Troy Green, who led the winners with 22 points and six rebounds.

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