Milford Mill wears Loch Raven ... out Class 2A/Boys basketball

March 06, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For more than three quarters last night, the Loch Raven Raiders gave host No. 15 Milford Mill a crash course in persistence.

Trailing by three points late in a game that many thought would be a rout, however, the Raiders simply crashed. Milford Mill held them scoreless for nearly four minutes early in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 unanswered points on their way to a 69-49 victory in the Class 2A North regional semifinals.

Milford Mill (20-5) will play No. 13 Aberdeen, a 76-73 winner over Catonsville, on Friday, with the winner of that advancing to College Park for the state semifinals. The Millers, who made it to Cole Field House five times in eight years under former coach Homer Seidel, winning their most recent state title in 1994, are expecting big things.

"I really believe we can do it," said coach Ed Smith. "It's been such a big turn-around from last year. Then, the Millers finished 8-12. To advance this time, however, they first had to outlast upset-minded Loch Raven.

Led by Scott Kreller, Steve Allen and Evan Horn, all of whom finished with nine points, as well as 6-foot-7 center Andy Cole (eight points, three blocks), the Raiders (15-9) jumped out to a 12-9 lead and stayed within eight points of the lead until late.

"I think it shocked the kids," said Smith. "Sometimes kids think they can just come out and play. After those first few minutes, we did what we did best. The half-court trap, I think, shook them up."

Though the Millers didn't force many turnovers, they did disrupt Loch Raven's offense. After shooting 55 percent in the first half, they were held to 30 percent the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Milford took command. Led by guards Arthur Lewis Jr. and James Cowens (18 points each), the Millers began to pull away. The duo not only scored but got the ball inside to Anthony Jenkins (12) and Anton Word (10, eight rebounds) and Joel Lucas (six).

Loch Raven coach Gary Horn said he was pleased with his team's effort and that lack of depth hurt his team late. "They just wore us down," he said.

Pub Date: 3/06/97

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