Hurd, Milford Mill swamp Overlea

January 12, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Blanchard Hurd stood out last night for Milford Mill. The 6-foot-7 senior controlled play with 25 points and 12 rebounds.

And that was just in the second half.

Hurd finished with 42 points and 22 rebounds, and No. 14 Milford Mill blitzed host Overlea with a 35-point third quarter on the way to a 99-69 victory in a Baltimore County Class 1A-2A game.

Hurd helped Milford Mill (7-2, 4-0) blow the game open early in the third quarter. Leading, 39-35, at halftime, Milford Mill scored 18 of the first 26 points of the half.

Hurd scored 11 points in a row during that stretch and finished the quarter with 15 points and six rebounds as Milford Mill took to a 74-50 lead. The Millers made 14 of 24 from the field in the quarter.

Twelve of Milford Mill's 14 baskets came from the paint -- including four put-backs.

"They went on a rampage," said Overlea coach Tom Gere.

Hurd continued his rampage in the fourth quarter. He scored his final 10 points and had six more rebounds.

"That's the best half I've ever played," said Hurd. "Everyone's adrenalin started pumping. We started showing what we're made of."

Keon Sellman (19 points) and Carlos Pearson (15 points) also sparked Milford Mill. Along with Hurd, the pair created -- and finished -- numerous fast breaks that led to many easy points.

But both Hurd and Milford Mill started slowly. Sparked by Rob Cousins (21 points) and Troy Williams (18 points) Overlea (6-1, 6-1) scored the game's first seven points in only 45 seconds and took a comfortable early lead.

The Falcons ran a good half-court offense in the first quarter and controlled the tempo. They took a 27-19 lead after one and appeared in charge.

Hurd scored only two points in the first five minutes and five in the quarter, but he and the Millers heated up in the second quarter. The senior scored 12 points, and Milford Mill took advantage of Overlea missing 15 of 17 from the field to outscore the Falcons, 20-8.

In the third quarter, Milford Mill benefited from Overlea's loss of center Shawn Hampton (eight points, four rebounds).

The 6-foot-6 freshman, who played well against Hurd for much of the first half, fouled out early in the third quarter with Milford Mill leading by 13.

* Calvert Hall 81, Gibbons 62: Tavar Witherspoon scored eight of his 25 points in the final quarter as visiting and No. 8 Calvert Hall rallied past No. 10 Gibbons (12-5).

The Cardinals (11-3) trailed 54-52 entering the fourth period, but outscored the Crusaders, 29-8. Sam Anyan, Juan Dixon and John McKay each contributed 12 points for Calvert Hall.

Vernon Collins scored 15 points to lead Cardinal Gibbons, which lost for the second time in as many days. Keith Phoebus and Josh Davalli each had 14.

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