Surrattsville overwhelms Milford Mill Poor shooting dooms Millers as PG school runs away with 72-45 win

Boys 2A

March 16, 1997|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

COLLEGE PARK -- In its semifinal victory over Wheaton of Montgomery County, Milford Mill showed signs of wearing down. But being just one win away from their third state championship of this decade, the No. 12 Millers came out for last night's Class 2A title game looking rested and ready.

Ready or not, it probably wouldn't have made a difference.

Surrattsville of Prince George's County ran Milford Mill completely and convincingly out of Cole Field House, 72-45.

Earl Elam and Harvey Thomas led Surrattsville (21-6), ranked No. 12 in the Washington area, with a game-high 25 points. Joel Lucas and Anthony Jenkins led Milford Mill (22-6) with eight points each.

It was the first state championship for Surrattsville since 1965, and extended Prince George's County's streak of having at least one state titlist to 17 straight years.

Riding a streak of 11 victories in its last 12 games going into the championship, Milford Mill was hoping to carry that momentum into a fourth state title.

Instead, it was a disaster.

The Millers fell behind 6-0 early and never led. A 7-0 run to start the fourth quarter was the only real bright spot for Milford Mill.

"There was no jelling tonight and we didn't have any consistency," said coach Ed Smith. "I saw the first half of their game [Surrattsville's 68-53 semifinal victory over City on Friday], and I knew that we would be in for a rumble. It just wasn't meant to be."

And with senior guard James Cowans not getting into a flow, it meant big problems for Milford Mill. The 5-foot-11 Cowans, who scored 20 points in the 64-56 victory over Wheaton on Friday night, was 1-for-10 from the field and scored only six points.

The Millers also were 1-for-10 from three-point range, finishing 17-for-48 overall to go with 31 turnovers. But Surrattsville had a lot to do with those results.

With a pair of quick 5-5 guards in Elam and Paul Rogers plus a solid front line in Harvey Thomas (six rebounds) and Omar Thomas (10 rebounds), Surrattsville went right after Milford Mill and never let up.

Leading 18-10 after the first quarter, Surrattsville opened the second quarter with a 16-4 run to build a 34-14 margin with 1: 38 remaining in the first half.

Harvey Thomas, a 6-4 senior, led the surge with eight points from inside the paint and Elam and Marcus Stevens each contributed a three-pointer.

Milford Mill missed seven of eight shots during the run and had five turnovers. The Hornets led 34-17 at halftime.

"We put a lot of pressure on them," said Surrattsville coach Jim Butler, whose team lost to Dunbar, 79-69, in December at the Fairmont Heights Invitational tournament.

"Last night, I saw that Wheaton wasn't pressuring the ball and Milford Mill was getting a lot of open shots. I figured with my guards and our quickness, we would pressure them."

Pub Date: 3/16/97

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