Milford Mill wins, 79-74 Class 1A, Region II

March 04, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

For the 13th-ranked Milford Mill basketball team, last night's 79-74 Class 1A, Region II semifinal win over sixth-seeded Wilde Lake was anything but the cakewalk some predicted it would be.

In a game tied nine times -- the last of which came with 2:56 left -- it took a Herculean effort by 6-foot-6 forward Blanchard Hurd to put the Millers over the top.

Hurd, a sophomore, had 25 points, 17 rebounds and nine blocked shots, helping his team to erase a six-point, first-half deficit and hold off a late Wildecats rally.

"We knew we had to play a good game to beat them," said Hurd. "The adrenalin was really pumping. We were kind of looking ahead to Dunbar.

"We want Dunbar bad."

Tomorrow, Milford Mill -- the defending Class 1A state champions -- will compete against the top-ranked Dunbar Poets. The winner of that match will advance to the state semifinals in College Park.

Last night, they had to defeat a feisty Wilde Lake team that refused to roll over, going blow for blow with the taller and more athletic Millers.

After Milford Mill took a 13-6 lead to open the game, the Wildecats, led by Taron Evans (25 points) Deon Wingfield (20) and Seth Willingham (19) fought back, mounting a 10-0 run that gave them their first lead at 14-13 late in the quarter.

"The kids worked really hard," said Wilde Lake coach Paul Ellis, whose team ended the season at 9-12. "I think we gave it everything we had. A couple of scores either way and things could have been different."

The Millers used a balanced offensive attack to pick Wilde Lake apart.

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