Milford Mill stands tall against Overlea, 81-63

January 13, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

Milford Mill was scheduled for a Baltimore County 1A-2A basketball game at Overlea, but played a lot of volleyball instead.

With their starting front line out-rebounding Overlea 54-28 by itself, the eighth-ranked Millers withstood a moderate test and pulled away in the final minutes for an 81-63 victory last night.

Milford Mill (8-0, 6-0) simply had too much size for the Falcons. Its two 6-foot-7 forwards, Jermaine Dunn and Blanchard Hurd, and their 6-3 complement, Keon Sellman, combined for 61 points and 54 rebounds.

The result was 14 baskets on put-backs for Milford, which sealed the decision with a 12-2 run after Overlea's outstanding sophomore, Troy Williams, sank the last of his team's eight three-pointers to shave the gap to 64-59 with four minutes left.

Milford's frontcourt accounted for 10 of the next 12 points and Overlea (6-2, 4-1) was forced to foul and force up shots, making the final margin a bit deceiving.

Milford Mill coach Homer Seidel said point guard Kenneth Bostic, the team catalyst, "has had a lot of health problems lately, some kind of bronchitis" so the fast break was tempered a bit.

But inside there was no contest and Milford tightened up on the long-range bombing of Shawnte Dukes and Williams in

the second half.

"They were dropping them from deep in the first half," said Seidel. "Our defense kept them from killing us after that. We didn't want them having free shots."

Seidel said he was concerned about an Overlea team that has "a lot of good shooters, but we knew if we executed we could win."

Williams buried a three-pointer to end the first quarter, giving the Falcons a one-point lead, and Dukes dropped one to end the half, keeping Overlea within six.

"We just didn't have an answer for all their height," said Overlea coach Tom Gere. "Our worst fear [that the team would be overwhelmed in rebounding] materialized.

"The first half we distributed the ball well but they denied Williams and Dukes good looks after that, and it's hard to ask 6-footers to out-rebound 6-7 guys consistently."

Sellman, who has some trouble with asthma, finished with 25 points to lead the Millers. Dunn added 22 points and 26 rebounds, and Hurd, the area's top rebounder, grabbed 23 off the boards to go with 15 points.

"We didn't really attack their big guys and try to give them foul problems," said Gere. "Thank goodness they aren't in the same region."

Milford Mill is classified a 1A school and Overlea is 2A, so the loss didn't hurt the Falcons in terms of the playoff picture.

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