Old Mill yields to Riverdale Baptist in OT

No. 2 Washington team pulls away to a 69-60 win

Boys basketball

High Schools

February 04, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A couple of turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting in overtime prevented No. 10 Old Mill from pulling off an upset of Riverdale Baptist in boys basketball in Millersville last night.

The visiting Crusaders, ranked No. 2 in the Washington area by The Washington Post, got a 14-point fourth quarter from Travis Ivey, who finished with a game-high 22 points, to send the game into overtime.

Then, the Crusaders got nine points from Kenneth Burkes in the extra four-minute session to post a 69-60 victory.

"I haven't been playing well and needed to step up and do something for my team," said Ivey, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound University of Maryland football recruit. "I took it upon my shoulders to do what I had to do to put the game in the balance."

During a closely officiated game, Riverdale Baptist (20-2) made 38 of 49 free-throw attempts in putting away the host Patriots (15-2).

Four Old Mill players fouled out in regulation, three of them starters and the other a top reserve.

"We played great defense, but we never got into a flow because of all the stops," said Old Mill coach Greg Smith, whose team was 16-for-29 on free throws.

"They only made 14 baskets on the night, but we stayed man-to-man, and there was a lot of contact and physical play on both sides. I thought we played great defense."

Said Riverdale coach Louis Wilson: "Old Mill might have been a little too intense at times, body-checking and hand-checking and pressing a little bit. They haven't lost a game at home and were pressing on the defensive end."

Old Mill led 26-25 at the half and 40-37 after three quarters but was outscored 19-16 in the last eight minutes to send the game into overtime tied at 56.

Two free throws by Old Mill's Devin Jones with 22 seconds left in regulation tied the score after Ivey had made two from the foul line to give Riverdale a 56-54 lead with 1:19 left.

Riverdale turned the ball over after Jones' free throws. Old Mill had six seconds left, but an errant pass prevented what could have been a game-winning shot.

"We just threw it away - had the play we wanted," said Alex Buchholz, who led Old Mill with 11 points, followed by 10 from point guard Andrew Engel.

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