Milford Mill boys beat Thomas Stone for Class 3A title

Millers claim fourth state championship

March 14, 2010|By By Glenn Graham

COLLEGE PARK — — The Milford Mill boys basketball team had a good early sign in Saturday's Class 3A state final against Thomas Stone when each of its starting five scored baskets in the game's first four minutes.

It was that kind of collective effort - coming at both ends - that turned out to be the difference as the No. 5 Millers earned a sturdy 60-46 win over the Cougars from Charles County to claim the program's fourth state title and first since 1994.

Senior guard Anthony Goode scored a game-high 13 points, senior forward Jimmy Hamilton added 10 and contained Thomas Stone's athletic front line, and Troy Branch finished with 11 as the Millers completed their 25-3 season on an impressive note.

"It's exciting. We talked about it all year and we felt like we prepared for it by playing a very tough schedule all year long," Milford Mill coach Albert Holley said. "So I felt like we had seen pretty much as much talent as is out there. So we felt like it had us prepared for this moment and they weren't overwhelmed by it."

The Millers started fast and had everybody involved after Hamilton dunked for the team's first basket on their second possession of the game. Branch hit a 3-pointer, Goode made a jumper, Tevin Hanner converted a 3-point play and Demetrius Johnson's jumper with 4:01 to play gave the Millers a 12-4 lead.

With a 27-20 halftime lead, the Millers had a similar start to the third quarter that helped put the game away, opening on an 11-2 run to build a 38-22 lead midway through.

When the Cougars (22-5) tried to make a late run at the end of the third quarter, a basket from Ronald Sharpe cutting the lead to 41-31, the Millers were able to respond.

Branch scored off a feed from Isaiah McCray at the buzzer to make it 43-31 and then Hamilton opened the fourth quarter with a dunk and a driving layup to push the lead back up to 47-31.

"This is just a blessing to be on a great team like this with so many good players. This feels good because we've worked so hard since Nov. 14th to come in here and win the state title," said Hamilton, who also had eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

MM - Hamilton 10, Branch 11, Goode 13, Hanner 8, De. Johnson 6, McCray 6, Choice 2, Richardson 1, Jones 2, Fulp 1. Totals: 21 17-22 60.

TS - Eackles 2, Smith 12, Travers 4, Dy. Johnson 8, S. Battle 13, D. Battle 3, Sharpe 4. Totals: 18 6-12 46.

Half: MM, 27-20.

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