Category: Meade Boys Basketball
Old Mill tops No. 12 Meade for first in Anne Arundel boys' hoops; Johnson and Robinson combine for 31 (VIDEO HERE!!)
Old Mill High boys’ basketball team’s performance against Meade a couple of weeks was so bad, coach Mike Francis thought he had lost the team. The Patriots were fully engaged for the rematch Friday evening.
No. 13 Old Mill defeated the 12th-ranked Mustangs, 55-40, in an Anne Arundel County league match on Craig White Court inside James R. Dillon Gym in Millersville. Senior post Hollique Johnson finished with 16 points for the Patriots (11-3 overall, 8-1 Anne Arundel), and Avion Robinson added 15.
The defending league champs pulled away in the fourth quarter, avenging a 51-40 loss on Butch Young Court Jan. 11. The Mustangs physically bullied Old Mill.
“I felt embarrassed. I thought maybe I didn’t have it anymore and couldn’t get them up to play,” said Francis. “There was no intensity, the effort wasn’t there.”
“We didn’t show up as “bigs” and weren’t rebounding. Meade had two 6-6 guys who were hurting us,” said Johnson. “We really cracked down on them this game and did what we supposed to do.”
Old Mill was more active in the paint as Hollique Johnson, 6-foot-6, finished with six rebounds and three blocked shots. Daevone Johnson chipped in with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Hollique Johnson punctuated the effort late in regulation. He blocked Anthony May’s shot and Daevone Johnson got the ball and sent a pass down court to Robinson, whose off-balance attempt was swiped away from behind by May.
Hollique Johnson, trailing the play, grabbed the ball, slammed it and was fouled. He completed the 3-point play, giving Old Mill a 46-35 advantage with 2 minutes, 36 seconds left in regulation.
“He’s getting better and stronger as the season goes along,” said Francis. “Everytime he scores 15 points, we win.”
The Patriots led 15-9 after the opening quarter, then close the first half with a 7-0 run, capped with Hollique Johnson’s score, for a 28-17 advantage. Old Mill pushed the lead to 13 early in the third before Meade rallied.
The Mustangs got to within 37-34 after basket from Tre’ Dunn late in the period. Daevon Johnson opened the final frame with a jumper and a Hollique Johnson free throw for a 42-34 advantage.
Meade (12-4, 8-3 Anne Arundel) got no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Kahleem Jennings finished with 15 points for the Mustangs.
Meade coach Pete Corriero said his team couldn’t take advantage in a turnover-filled contest.
“It looked like both teams did not want to win the game, what with the amount of turnovers,” Corriero said. “We cut the lead down to five at the end of the third, but the turnovers and poor shooting are going to make it tough to win every time. I mean, we were stuck at 43-35 forever.”
Francis lamented his team’s 17 turnovers between the second and third quarters, but the improved effort and intensity compensated. The win put Old Mill back in sole possession of first in Anne Arundel.
“We’re just starting to gel a little bit and talking about becoming a machine,” said Francis. “Knowing at the four-minute mark this is going happen…focus and playing for each other is what we’ve been preaching. Hopefully, it’s starting to come around.”