Eric Turner nets 25, leads No. 6 Milford Mill past Dulaney (VIDEO HERE!!)

by Gary Adornato

Senior forward Eric Turner fueled a fast start for No. 6 Milford Mill Academy with 13 first quarter points and finished with a game-high 25 points as the undefeated Millers went on the road and outlasted No. 14 Dulaney, 63-58, in Baltimore County Division I action, Wednesday evening.

Eric Turner finished with 25 points Wednesday in Milford Mill’s victory over Dulaney. The No. 6 Millers face fourth-ranked Dunbar in a battle of undefeated squads at the Basketball Academy at Morgan State University’s Thursday evening.

With Dulaney holding an early 11-7 advantage, Turner converted a traditional three-point play and would go on to score seven consecutive points to push the Millers out to a 17-11 lead with 2:58 to play in the opening quarter. Later in the quarter he scored two consecutive buckets to give the Millers a 23-14 advantage, their biggest lead of the night.

Turner added six more points in the second quarter, but his teammates only managed one additional point in the period. That opened the door for the Lions as they closed the first half on a 9-2 run to grab a 31-30 lead at the intermission. Sophomore Che Evans, Jr. led the charge with six points in the frame and finished with a team-high 17 points.

“We thought it was important to get off to a fast start,” said Turner. “They are a good team and we didn’t want them to get out in front. We let them back in the game in the second quarter, but we were able to respond when we needed to.”

The Millers regained the lead in the third quarter and led by as many as six points on three different occasions. Dulaney, which received seven points from senior Josh Cornish in the quarter, went on an 8-0 run late in the third to grab a 48-46 advantage before Milford Mill evened the game, at 48-48, heading into the final eight minutes of play.

Milford Mill’s Ahmed Milton (#3) and Jalen Parker (#4) put the defensive pressure on Dulaney’s Josh Cornish.

Similar to the earlier stanzas, Milford Mill pushed in front and Dulaney rallied back. Trailing 59-52 with 1:03 to play, Dulaney got a couple of steals to fuel consecutive layups by Johnson, Ryan Conway and Cameron Amoruso, to pull within one with 29.6 seconds to play. Milford Mill, however, steadied itself and clinched the game with four consecutive free throws from senior Jordan Goodwin. Goodwin had eight points in the fourth quarter and finished 14 points for the game

“We work really hard on our conditioning and free throw shooting,” said Milford Mill coach Ryan Smith. “We devote a lot of time to it each day and it pays off in the fourth quarter.”

Smith also said the win is important to his team’s goals this season.

“Dulaney is one of the teams we have to beat if we want to get back to the County championship game,” added Smith, whose club is now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in Baltimore County Division I. “I told the guys if they want to go back to Towson (University) for the championship, they have to win this one.”

Dulaney head coach Matt Lochte felt his team did not play its best, but ultimately gave credit to Milford Mill for its performance.

“We got in foul trouble early. We didn’t play the most disciplined brand of basketball tonight. We got away from what we were trying to do,” said Lochte. “At the end of the day, Milford played harder than we did. Milford played tougher than we did. Coach does a real good job over there. He has a good group of guys over there who play a great brand of team basketball.”

MM 23 7 18 15 — 63
DUL 16 15 17 10 — 58
MILFORD MILL: Ugo Obasi 8, Jeremiah Simmons 1, Ahmed Milton 7, Jalen Parker 6, Eric Turner 25, Kevin Ufua 2, Jordan Goodwyn 14. TOTALS 24 5-9 63.
DULANEY: Jaylin Webster 2, Ryan Conway 16, Che Evans 17, Cameron Amoruso 2, Josh Cornish 15, Kevin Sharp 6. TOTALS: 22 15-27 58.