Aberdeen gets revenge in beating Milford Mill Watson is Eagles' spark in 75-61 3A playoff win

March 03, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

From the moment Aberdeen's Stephon Watson found out his team would be playing Milford Mill in the state playoffs, the junior had only one thing on his mind.

Said Watson: "All week long, all I was thinking about was revenge, revenge, we've got to get revenge."

In last night's Class 3A, North quarterfinal, Watson helped his team do just that, scoring 21 points to lead the host Eagles to a 75-61 win. The victory avenged last year's heartbreaking six-point loss to the Millers in the region championship game.

Aberdeen (19-4) advances to play Fallston, a winner over Woodlawn last night, on Thursday at a site to be determined.

Center E.J. Henderon (15 points, 15 rebounds) and forward Demetris Oliphant (17, 10) also played major roles for the Eagles, who shot 52 percent from the field and had their way with the Millers inside for much of the night.

Milford Mill stayed close early, but it wasn't long before Aberdeen began to take control of the game.

Consecutive baskets by Oliphant, Henderson and Watson put the Eagles ahead 12-6 midway through the first quarter. Leading by six later in the half, Aberdeen made the key run of the game, outscoring the Millers 15-2 over the final five minutes of the half to go to the locker room leading, 45-26.

"I thought that for us to be successful, we had to let our big people get in the basketball game," said Aberdeen coach Ron Petry, whose team out-rebounded the Millers, 25-14, in the first half. "I thought it was very important that we got off to a good start against this team because I knew that at some point they were going to make their run."

After trailing by 24, Milford Mill (19-4) rallied over the next eight minutes to pull within seven as guards Arthur Lewis (20 points) and Diron Watkins (11) led the way. But that was as close as Milford Mill got as Aberdeen regained its composure down the stretch to win going away.

No. 1 Dunbar 86, South River 70: Jamal Brown scored a game-high 31 points to lead the third-seeded Poets (21-3) to 2A East win over the sixth-seeded Seahawks. Senior Larry Tucker and junior Arnold Bowie scored 15 points apiece for Dunbar, which travels to Southern-AA Thursday.

Fallston 94, No. 8 Woodlawn 67: The host Cougars (16-6) scored the game's first 11 points and never looked back as they upset the Warriors (20-5) in a 3A North quarterfinal game. Junior Aaron Stephenson (21) led four Fallston players in double figures. John Caslin added 19, Jim Groh 11 and Lee Tayson 14.

No. 9 Randallstown 69, North Harford 57: Kareem Holmes and Thomas Stallings each scored 14 as the host Rams (20-4) advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2A North regionals. Casey Garland led North Harford with 12 points.


No. 6 Western 108, Patterson 21: Fifteen players scored, led by Joy Gorham's 14 points, as the Doves overwhelmed the Clippers in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A North playoffs. Delena DeShields had 13 for Western (23-2), which also received 11 points each from Crystal Falline, Tyesha McMillion, Tiffany Silver and Melanie Harington. The Doves host Perry Hall tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Poly.

No. 12 Milford Mill 91, Aberdeen 47: Jenna Bradford had 26 points and Chante Alexander chipped in 24 as the Millers (21-4) rolled over the Eagles (8-13) in a Class 3A North quarterfinal game. LaShona Cooper's 25 points led Aberdeen.

No. 13 Towson 61, Lansdowne 54: Sara Lev had 22 points as the Generals held off the host Vikings (18-5) in a Class 2A North quarterfinal game. Lansdowne's Staci Emge led all scorers with 31 points.

No. 14 Woodlawn 52, Fallston 49: Mandy Clark (19 points) broke a 44-44 score by hitting a three-pointer and then adding two foul shots in the closing minute of play to lift the No. 14 Warriors over the Cougars (14-7.)

Walbrook 61, No. 16 Dulaney 45: Junior Iesiah Brown scored a game-high 20 points to lead the fourth-seeded Warriors in a 4A North quarterfinal game.

No. 20 North Harford 46, Randallstown 24: Ann Anderson led all scorers with 17 points and Suzanne Eyler had 14 along with eight steals and seven assists as the Hawks (18-5) breezed to victory over the Rams (8-14) in a Class 2A North quarterfinal game.

Pub Date: 3/03/98

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