Millers run away from Pointers, streak to 21-0 with 76-53 win

March 06, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

The Sparrows Point Pointers have come a long way in four years, improving from a winless campaign in 1991, to three wins in 1992, to 15 in 1993, to a Class 1A North region final appearance last night at Owings Mills High.

But after facing a taller and faster Milford Mill team for the third time this season, there's one statistic that stands apart from the rest -- 0-3.

The Pointers survived a battle with Joppatowne on Thursday, but the top-seeded Millers were just too much to handle, as they ended second-seeded Sparrows Point's season with a 76-53 win.

The Millers, 21-0 and owners of the area's longest winning streak, advance to Friday's Class 1A state semifinals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

It will mark their second trip to Cole in three years. For coach Homer Seidel, it will also be the sweetest.

"I'm very happy for the kids," said Seidel. "We've overcome a lot this year to get to this point. Right now, we're just playing good team ball."

That was evident throughout last night's game, but especially in the early stages of the third quarter when Milford turned a 36-35 deficit into a 48-39 lead in a four-minute span.

Forward Blanchard Hurd (22 points) and guard Kenny Bostic (21) led the way with a potent inside-outside combination that gave the Pointers' defense fits all night.

When the Millers missed their shots, Hurd and teammate Jermaine Dunn -- both 6 feet 7 -- gave them plenty of second-chance opportunities with strong rebounding. For the game, the taller Millers out-rebounded the Pointers, 42-25.

But just as big a factor was the Pointers' second-half fatigue. After shooting nearly 50 percent in the first half, wobbly legs helped keep Sparrows Point (15-4) to just 8-for-27 shooting in the second half, and 3-for-14 in the fourth quarter.

"Their height hurt us, but I think the bigger factor was that we got tired," said Sparrows Point coach Russ Lingner.

"Any time you play two straight basketball games like this, it will take its toll on your legs."

Milford Mill took advantage by running at every opportunity, and were helped significantly when Pointers guard Carnell Damon went to the bench with his fourth personal foul just eight seconds into the fourth quarter.

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