Old Mill boys loses lead, chance to win title

March 13, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

COLLEGE PARK — Montgomery County's Springbrook used its experience in big games to erase an eight-point second-quarter deficit and defeat seventh-ranked Old Mill, 74-67, to win the Class 4A state championship at Comcast Center in College Park on Saturday night.

Demetric Austin, Deshaunt Walker and Enerio Jones led Springbrook (25-1) with 15 points each, while Mike Holley paced the Patriots (21-4) with 25 points.

The championship was the third straight for the Blue Devils, and their 61st win in their past 62 games. It's the first time a school has won three consecutive Class 4A state titles.

"They just find ways to win," said Springbrook coach Tom Crowell of his players. "As hard as they've worked for this, I couldn't be happier for these kids."

The Patriots took control early, and it was evident that their run-and-gun pace was a little unsettling for the Blue Devils. Old Mill had taken a 35-27 lead with 2:08 left in the first half, but then Springbrook responded.

The Blue Devils got free throws from Walker and Austin, as well as two-point baskets by Samni Ogunjobi and Gary Gates while holding Old Mill scoreless to cut the halftime margin to 35-33.

"We stopped crashing the boards and didn't play our game," Patriots guard Chris Day said. "We relaxed, and they started getting easy baskets. We didn't get back on defense."

Springbrook began to take advantage of its size in the second half, getting most of its points in the paint. The Devils took the lead for good, 44-43, on Miles Jackson's jumper with 2:53 left in the third quarter. Old Mill made a run midway through the fourth quarter, when a jumper by Holley cut the lead to 57-54 with 4:21 left, but the Patriots could get no closer.

"We were giving up too many points in the paint in the second half, and that really hurt us," Patriots coach Greg Smith said. "They were getting too many easy baskets."

The Blue Devils shot 48.1 percent from the field in the second half, when they scored primarily in the paint, as opposed to 33.3 percent in the first half.

After the game, the Springbrook players each donned a T-shirt celebrating their third straight championship made by a fan of the program.

"This has been a pretty special run for us," Crowell said . "I really hope it never ends."

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