Old Mill delays No. 400 for Young

January 12, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

If Meade coach Butch Young is going to achieve his 400th career victory, it won't happen anywhere near Old Mill's gymnasium. The Patriots made certain of that last night.

Proving too strong inside and able to adjust to a deliberate early pace, Old Mill never trailed in defeating the Mustangs, 51-37. The win also avenged a 62-57 loss to Meade on Dec. 17.

Center Matt Tilley scored a season-high 13 points to lead Old Mill (5-4), which had a three-game winning streak ended by Glen Burnie on Friday. Senior guard Andrew Lewis and senior forward Nate Oliver added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meade (6-4), which will try to give Young his milestone victory at home Friday against Annapolis, was led by senior forward Tyrone Jones with 12 points. Senior guard Dennis Jenks added 10 points, including two three-pointers.

Old Mill coach Paul Bunting went with a bigger lineup, and it didn't take long for his team to begin dominating play close to the basket.

Tilley, a 6-foot-4 senior, scored the Patriots' first six points by muscling inside, and similar high-percentage shots left the hosts 8-for-12 from the field and with a 16-8 lead after one quarter.

Adrian Johnson scored on a follow to give Old Mill its first double-digit lead, 19-9. A three-pointer by Lewis and a layup by Oliver had the Patriots in front 26-13 at halftime.

"I think that's the way they always are. You don't see Meade fast break. At least, I haven't," Bunting said. "They play very good man-to-man defense, and then they come down on offense and it seems like it's an eternity before they shoot."

The tempo and the momentum changed in the third quarter, but not the lead.

Pushing the ball up the floor and playing more aggressively on defense, Meade whittled the lead to 30-26 with 2:15 left in the quarter. Suddenly, it was Old Mill that didn't seem in a hurry on offense, and the Mustangs forced 10 turnovers.

"We picked it up a little bit on defense and got a few points off the defense," Young said. "I thought that was one of the keys. We had to do that. But we expended a lot of energy trying to get close."

Teddy Brent scored off the glass to open the fourth quarter, leaving Meade behind 32-28. But Old Mill's Dee Ballard followed his own miss after a steal by Joe Barnes, and he scored off the glass after Tilley and Barnes had combined to force another Mustangs turnover.

A Ballard tip-in extended the lead to 38-28, and a free throw from Todd Singleton closed a 7-0 run.

In the end, a Meade team whose tallest starter was the 6-1 Brent was worn down by the Patriots. One indication was the Mustangs were out-rebounded, 27-13.

"They were delivering the ball pretty well when a guy came off the screen," Young said. "You've got to put pressure on the passer, too. You can't depend just on the inside defense."

Bunting said, "We were hoping they wouldn't press us early and we could go with a bigger team."

Neither team's strength has been its consistency this season. Old Mill got off to a 1-3 start before winning three straight, and Meade lost its first two games by a combined margin of 76 points, then won four in a row.

For now, Bunting would settle for some consistency over the course of one game.

"This team's nemesis is turning the ball over. We have lapses that can last sometimes two or three minutes," Bunting said.

Tilley said, "If we can cut our turnovers in half, we'd just be unstoppable."

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