Milford Mill controls Catonsville, 78-56

December 23, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Milford Mill controlled play for much of the first half against Catonsville. The Comets missed 27 of their first 37 shots, but crept to within five with a little more than a minute left.

No. 9 Milford Mill then scored the final seven points, and forward Blanchard Hurd finished with 28 points and 18 rebounds to lead to the Millers to a 78-56 victory over host Catonsville in a Baltimore County Class 1A-2A game last night.

Milford Mill (3-0, 2-0) led 30-25 when Jeff Mohler of Catonsville (2-2, 2-1) made a steal. Teammate Tom Carey then missed a layup, but Milford Mill's Kenny Bostic grabbed the rebound and hit a wide-open Jermaine Dunn for the slam with 57 seconds left.

That seemed to ignite Milford Mill. Dunn's jumper with 23 seconds left helped again, and Brian Whorley's three-pointer with two seconds left stretched the lead to 37-25.

"The kids played team ball on and off," said Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel. "In that . . . stretch, they played like a team."

Milford Mill's 23-5 run effectively ended Catonsville's chances. The Comets just could not stop Milford Mill's inside game.

Hurd and Dunn represented the big parts of the inside game. Hurd, who added four blocks and steals to his other statistics, helped carry Milford Mill early. He scored 10 points in the first quarter.

Dunn also helped rule in the paint. The 6-foot-7 senior finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

"We were pumped up," said Hurd, a 6-7 junior. "We were ready for this game. We just rolled with the emotions."

One of the emotions came from playing former teammate Ed Garrett. Hurd and Dunn helped make this a long night for the senior forward who started at times last year for Milford

Mill. Garrett, who came into the game averaging 24 points, scored four and fouled out late in the third quarter.

The bottom line was Hurd and Dunn were too much inside.

"They're a lot," said Catonsville coach Art Gamzon. "They're a load."

Another load for Catonsville was the number of shots it missed, especially early. The Comets missed 26 of their first 31 shots, including several layups on fast breaks.

Milford Mill started out cold also, and Gamzon said he told his team that being down 12 at the half after missing 29 of 39 was not too bad.

"We missed too many layups," said Gamzon. "I thought the number of layups we missed dug us a hole."

Catonsville got a good game from 6-3 forward Herman Cooper. The sophomore had 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Milford Mill also got good performances from Keon Sellman (13 ** points) and Bostic. The point guard finished with 12 points, 10 assists and five steals.

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