Carver A&T's Brown, Chesapeake's Cobb put on a 2-man show


December 25, 2008|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,

Scoring a lot of points is nothing new for Carver A&T's Corey Brown and Chesapeake-BC's Damien Cobb, but Friday night they put on a two-man show. The seniors combined for 78 points - more than Chesapeake scored in winning the game, 70-63.

Brown, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard, scored 40, and Cobb, a 6-4 forward, scored 38.

"They have totally different styles of play," Carver coach Matt Simms said. "As a player, Cobb, at 6-4, about 225 ... presents big matchup problems for us. Corey is just gifted with his talent."

Brown hit eight three-pointers against the Bayhawks, while Cobb can pound it inside. Brown averages 36 points, and Cobb, who has a stronger supporting cast, averages 28 points and nine rebounds.

Although they are seniors, these two standouts didn't play much last school year, because both teams' seasons were suspended when a fight broke out after their game. So many players were suspended that neither team could field a squad for the rest of the season.

All that is behind the teams now (no trouble Friday night) and both guys picked up where they left off. Both keep rolling up the big games, but they are also unselfish players, according to their coaches.

"Damien can be a quiet scorer," said Chesapeake coach Nick Scalice. "If I hadn't looked at the book, I would never have known he scored 38. He's really an unselfish player. He's the ultimate team player."

Millers on the rebound

Milford Mill's girls basketball team is enjoying a rejuvenation after struggling last season.

The Millers are 4-1, and coach DeToiya McAliley said they have a new attitude.

"It's a whole different team," McAliley said. "The attitude is more positive. It's a true team spirit. They push each other in practice, and they help each other. I think they're a little more hungry this year. They understand that they haven't lived up to the Milford Mill girls basketball tradition. They want to get back to where it used to be."

Before last season, the Millers had been to the state title game eight times in nine years. In 2005, McAliley's first season as head coach, they won the Class 3A championship.

Only one player on this Millers team has been to the state tournament - senior guard Devonne Richardson - and she has had a couple of big games in recent wins over Woodlawn and Randallstown. She had 47 points, 21 rebounds and six steals in the two games.

In the 41-39 win over Randallstown, she had 19 points and 11 rebounds, but she wasn't the only one with a big game. Forward Desiree Carr had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Millers will play host to Surrattsville on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in their Lady Miller Holiday Tournament. The 16-team event, broken into four divisions, runs Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to the end of the 8 p.m. game.

Austin bowl MVP

Dunbar's Tavon Austin was named Most Valuable Player for the Baltimore squad that lost to Washington, 32-21, in the Maryland Crab Bowl on Saturday at Towson University.

He scored two touchdowns: on an 84-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard pass reception.

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